Metal detecting equipment – short introduction what to take with.
Your dream has become true, and the detector is bought at last. You get a bit euphoric after buying your first detector, just after buying a first car. Here is it, my detector; soon I’ll go digging with it, and all the gold/silver/diamonds is mine. I’ll dig out all the coins, and my detector will overpay already after the first walk with it. But the reality puts everything into places. Somebody finds a coin worth USD 15000 or a ring worth USD 13000 just during their first digging, and somebody gets only bottle caps.
What should you take with you for the digging? To dig out as little bottle caps as possible, and also enjoy your search to the maximum, it’s better to take a good device and a comfortable shovel. A good shovel should be light, but durable. The shovel type depends on what you’re planning to dig – for the beach a scoop would be totally enough, and for the field nobody invented anything better than a short shovel.
The clothes are usually chosen for their durability and comfort. Somebody takes their old clothes, which they will not regret to spoil, others buy the army surplus, some especially rational guys take the Helicon/TasmanianTiger clothes sets, and sometimes in the fields you can even meet the guys in 5.11 brand clothes.
Talking about the shoes, you’ll need something light, but durable. If necessary – also waterproof. Depending on the weather, the shoes should be warm or, in case of hot weather, light. Anyway, you should never forget about your safety – getting bitten by a snake, when you’re far away from the human living places, especially without team or helpers, is not the best adventure in your life. I prefer either Finnish Nokian boots, or German HAIX shoes.
The pinpointer should be the third most important device for digging, after the metal detector and the shovel. A good example was when we went to the field, two of us with pinpointers, and one – without it. We were easily finding and digging out the coins, while the colleague without a pinpointer was trying hard to figure out, what was the signal and where exactly, of course, losing the time and getting less finds.
The weapon. Yes, maybe, in 99% of the cases it’s not the most necessary thing, but it’s better to take at least the knife with you. Maybe even more – a durable bayonet from the army surplus, it’s quite comfortable for digging the turf and cutting the roots, while you’re trying to take out a tiny coin, which is hiding between the roots of a tree or a bush. In other cases you may even need a firearm, for example, while searching for the gold nuggets in Africa, where the firearm is just essential for the defence from tigers or some aliens from the hungry cannibal tribe
The main thing here is to combine your equipment, and the search will be only a pleasure for you! Good luck in your searches for everybody!