Hardness Pick Set in Blonde stain

Deluxe Hardness Pick Set & Mineral ID Kit

1.20 LBS
  • Product Description

    The Deluxe Hardness Pick Set from Mineralab is unique in that, unlike other mineral hardness testing tools that use minerals or crystal points for the "scratch test", Mineralab’s picks are made of metals and alloys of hardness values equal to 2 through 9 on Mohs’ hardness scale.  And because the picks are made of metal, they are easily ground to sharp points which will not break off and which can be easily sharpened.

    Why measure the hardness of a mineral?  Because hardness is an important and quantifiable physical characteristic of a mineral, and in your effort to identify an unknown mineral, the hardness, if known, combined with other properties, can narrow your search to just a handful of possibilities.

    How do you use the hardness picks? Simply scratch a smooth surface of your unknown mineral with the picks of various indicated hardness. As an example, if a No. 5 pick scratches the mineral, but a No. 4 pick does not, then your mineral’s hardness is 4.5. Then compare this against the included table of minerals listing hardness values to aid in identifying the unknown mineral.

    What is included in the Deluxe Hardness Pick Set?

    • Four double-ended picks, color-coded, with eight points comprising 2,3,4,5,6,7,8, and 9 on Mohs’ hardness scale, as shown above.
    • A Glass Hardness Plate (hardness of about 5.5) which, when scratched, quickly distinguishes hard from soft minerals.
    • Two additional Hardness Plates with a hardness value of 2.5 and 3.5, respectively.
    • A 100 grit Grinding Stone to keep the points sharp.
    • Streak Plate for testing a mineral’s streak color.
    • Magnet to test magnetic rocks such as Magnetite, Pyrrhotite, and Nickel-Iron Meteorite.
    • An attractive, naturally-finished and compact Wooden CaseNote: This case is hand-made, so some imperfections can be expected.
    • Hardness Table for 300 Minerals.
    • Complete Instructions.

    Other Features:

    • All points are stamped with the indicated hardness value, and each double-ended pick body is color coded for quickly finding the desired pick.
    • Hardness points can be easily and inexpensively replaced without having to replace the pick bodies.
    • Compact. The wooden storage case is only 7" tall by 2.5" wide.
    • 30 day money back guarantee.
    • 1 Year Warranty.      

    This is a very popular product, and makes an excellent gift!

    This item typically ships within 1 business day.

  • Product Reviews


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    1. Great product

      Just got into rockhounding and searched everywhere for the best hardness tester. Every person I spoke to recommended the Deluxe Hardness Pick Set from Mineral Lab. Received the set and was not disappointed. Quality product. I would recommend this set to anyone looking for a hardness pick set. The set I bought came in a wood case, the lid to the wood case once removed can be screwed to the back to support the set to keep it upright. They also have a set in a sturdy plastic case if you need to have a more rugged case for out in the field. on Feb 20th 2024

    2. All in one, easy to use and maintain

      Straightforward simple to use easy to understand. Found a unique feature accidentally. While testing a gemstone that had a chipped culet, the color treatment scratched at 7, well before the stone scratched. When I refaceted the culet I found a clear stone at 8.5 not a pink one! on Jun 12th 2022

    3. Great Product

      Definitely one of the best hardness testing kits out there. Great quality and super fast delivery to Australia. on Nov 5th 2021

    4. Great quality

      Great quality and fast shipping on Oct 11th 2021

    5. Quality product!

      The Mohs Hardness Testing kit arrived quickly especially as it was posted from USA to Australia. It arrived exactly as described and I have already used it to help identify an unfamiliar rock. I would recommend Mineralab to other rock hounds and I will definitely use the supplier again. on Jul 1st 2021

    6. Well Designed Kit

      This is a very well designed set and is well worth the money. They work great! on Jun 6th 2020

    7. Mohs hardness picks

      I have been using them they work great on Dec 23rd 2019

    8. Indispensable Product

      Never make do with make do tools again. These picks let you test different minerals in different parts of a rock with certainty and ease. No more trying to scratch something with a penny or a knife, no more guessing. This is the second set I’ve bought, this one as a gift for a young university geology student. No one regrets buying good tools. These are _great_ tools. on Oct 2nd 2019

    9. Great quality.

      Quick shipping and quality product. on Jun 4th 2019


      Best kit ever! I use it for every examination of concrete, stucco, mortar and (of coarse) rocks and minerals on Mar 8th 2019

    11. mohs sertlik seti güzel

      jeologlar ve gemologlar için çok gerekli bir ürün. teşekkür ederim (A very necessary product for geologists and gemologists. thank you) on Mar 7th 2019

    12. Highest quality Hardness kit on the market

      We just received our order, the quality of the workmanship is exceptional. this is the best looking tool in my shop. high quality workmanship, we recommend to everyone wanting to know more about the hardness of the stones. The hardness stone directory chart for most common minerals is a must appreciated bonus.

      A.S., Montreal Canada
      on Jun 1st 2018

    13. Mohs hardness tester for Mineral identification.

      I first heard of this from a friend who has had one for some time. He uses it frequently and says it is a standard for mineral id. I haven't had a chance to use it yet but I will soon. on May 15th 2017

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