Hand tools for Fossil Preparation

Hand tools for preparing fossils and removing matrix.

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Hand tools for Fossil Preparation

High quality hand tools for fossil preparation - we currently sell two different types.

Fossil preparation (commonly known as fossil prepping) is the act of cleaning up fossil specimens and removing excess matrix and rock to better show off the specimen.

Of the two types we sell, the first is an ultra fine steel needle, with a surgical steel handle. While it is too thin for the majority of hard matrix, and too thin for prying, it is quite good for getting in to tight spaces, and would be perfectly suited for softer matrixes.

The second is a hardened Tungsten carbide bullet tipped probe - perfect for the removal of large amounts of matrix at a time.


Please be aware, these are not toys. The ultra fine needle is commonly sold in dissection kits - it is a SHARP needle.

Frequently asked questions and delivery information

How do we grade stones?

There is no overall universal grading system for the majority of our products. As such, the grades we use are internal only. They simply refer to higher and lower qualities, but they may be entirely different grades to other websites. C grade pieces are of lower quality than B grade, which is lower than A grade.


How does our ordering and delivery process work?

You place an order via the website. When it’s been picked and packed, your order will be marked as completed and dropped off at our local post office. We have an account with the post office called a “Drop and Go” account, which allows the post office staff to process our parcels when they have free time, rather than me queuing up and delaying everyone else.

I get tracking information etc online when this has been completed. I typically do not send tracking information to customers unless they request it – but if you’ve requested tracked postage, it has been sent tracked! If you have any worries or concerns about your parcel being delayed please feel free to get in touch and I’ll send the tracking info over! We also get delivery confirmations for parcels over 25MM thick by default.


How do international orders work?

After Brexit, with the UK leaving the European Union, certain things have changed with regards to international orders. European Union customers will now likely be liable to pay the same amount of import VAT as any other international customers. You will be responsible for any customs and import fees.


I’d like to return my order for a refund.

No problem at all – just get in touch and we’ll arrange it. You can read our full returns policy here.


What payment methods do you accept?

I can accept Paypal, Stripe, cheque, and direct bank transfers. Paypal and Stripe will both allow you to pay with credit and debit cards.



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