What Is Pickaxe

Pickaxe (also called pillory in some countries). It is the name given to the hammer specially designed for general geological use; although some specialists carry other types of hammers.


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  • 1 Features and use
  • 2 Requirements
    • 1 Pickaxe head
  • 3 Precautions
  • 4 Maintenance
  • 5 External Links
  • 6 Sources

Features and use

This tool is generally used by bricklayers to tear down walls, formed by a metal head, flat at one end and finished at the other end, and a short wooden handle. Object of wood or metal finished in a point that sticks to the ground .

For example, the pedologist uses a hammer like that of the rubber bands, while the petrologist requires a steel mallet.

What is clear is that the relationship between the geologist and his hammer is very close.

So much so, that the geologist’s motto is in almost the entire western world: “Mens et malea”, words of Latin origin that mean precisely “mind and hammer”.

The pickaxe is used in masonry to tear down walls.


It is a unique piece, with a handle, a special protection of synthetic material, with spaced holes, so that they allow the dissipation of energy, so that when hitting a rock the strong resistance that it opposes does not hurt the hand of the wield the hammer.

Pickaxe head

  • It responds to the needs of its use.
  • It must have a blunt end to hit with it the mineralsand rocks and thus determine its cleavage or fracture, that is the surfaces of weakness along which they break more easily. In fact they are the lines that geologists take advantage of to extract the samples with less difficulty.
  • The sharp end is used to separate materials with it according to the schistosity or stratification planes.


  • Tool that must be handled with care due to its penetration or cutting capacity.
  • Keep the work area free of other people.
  • Wear safety glasses and boots.


Although it does not need special maintenance, it is necessary to keep its sharp end sharp to maintain its effectiveness.


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