Feedback Wanted on Scoop

Just putting a picture of a new scoop we are looking to market, would like some feedback, expected retail around £130, this is a professionally produced scoop not to be confused with generic scoops we see from all corners of the world that are usually not up to much despite exaggerated claims to the contrary. It is made from high grade aluminium, cut out using CNC machine & TIG welded throughout, the scoop is then shot blasted to give a uniform finish.



No handle comes with the scoop, two reasons, carriage of such a long inexpensive part would be high and secondly you can then source your own handle to your own length and shape. It would come with a one year warranty against any welds failing, as with any digging tool if you exert enough force anything can break or bend so common sense would hopefully prevail, I have to say this is one of the strongest & best thought out scoops I’ve seen.

Go on a treasure hunt in Russia

Published by Russia Beyond the Headline, Written by Daria Gonzales, Friday 28th September, 2012.

Reports of treasure-trove discoveries appear in the Russian media about twice a year. With its vast territory and tumultuous history of war, pillage and sudden power shifts, Russia is hardly a surprising destination for flocks of treasure hunters. Given the fact that Russia’s banking system developed relatively late and left people to bury valuables in the ground for safekeeping, Russia has become something of a treasure hunter’s paradise.

– Taken from Article

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Metal Detecting 101

Published by National Geographic, written by Patrick J. Kiger, 2012

 Last year, in Jupiter, FL, a man named William Mooney ran a metal detector over a spot near a county waterfront park and pinpointed the location of what, if his suspicions were true, was every amateur treasurer hunter’s dream.  In an email, Mooney told county officials that he was “at least 90 percent sure” that he had found a chest of riches, possibly salvaged by survivors of a wrecked Spanish treasure ship and buried for safekeeping hundreds of years ago.

– Taken from Article

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Beginners Guide to Metal Detecting

If you are a beginner, or just want some extra information about Metal Detecting, this guide is here to help you understand the hobby.

Which machine is best for you?

You need to ask yourself the following questions:

  • How much are you willing to spend?
  • How much time will you devote to detecting?
  • How good are you at adapting to new technology?
  • Where will you be going to detect?

What equipment to I need?

Basic Kit:

  • Warm or waterproof clothing (weather condition’s apply)
  • Sturdy boots (not steel toe) or wellies,
  • Water,
  • Gloves,
  • Basic first aid kit,
  • Insect repellent,
  • Notepad and pencil,
  • Mobile phone,
  • Trowel,
  • Headphones,
  • Batteries
  • And most importantly your metal detector!


Search Coils

There are a variety of search coils available for metal detectors. They range from a few inches across to a whopping 18”. Several detector manufactures offer the ability to interchange from one type of coil to another. It is always advised, before you make a purchase, to check that the type of detector you wish to buy can use Interchangeable coils.


Concentric coil

The Concentric coil uses an inverted cone search field. They are often better when searching junk-infested sites. Available solid or with open centre.

concentric coil


2D Widescan coil

A wider coil can detect deeper over a greater area with each sweep. This type of coil offers a ‘knife’ like search pattern. They are more selective generally give more finds in the shallow to medium depths than equivalent concentric coils.




Eliptical Coil

This coil is ideal for getting into those tight areas and iron contaminated ground. They can be either concentric but normally 2D coils.



Headphones are not essential when metal detecting. However, it is recommended as they help eliminate outside noise that may mask faint signals.

Most modern metal detectors are compatible with any type of headphone, including CD/mp3 player types.

Below are two examples of headphones that are available.

XP Backphone NEW BLUE TypeBackphone


With 6.3mm jack adapter, foldable in three parts, very light, fits around the back of the head with volume control.

Digging Tools

So how are you going to get what you have found out of the ground?

It is very important that you have good quality digging tools for the job. There are a variety of tools available from a simple trowel to a foot assisted spade. The strongest you can afford is highly recommended.

Tight budget? £2.95

Splash out! £17.95

Black Ada Invader II mild steel metal detector trowel

High quality stainless steel sand scoop


Black Ada Sand Scoop mild steel

Pinpoint Probes

These small metal detectors are normally used when a small object proves difficult to locate in the hole you have just dug. A tiny LED light is often fitted to show it’s on & to help illuminate down a hole. The probe is very small and fits easily in a pouch or pocket.

Garrett Pro-Pointer Metal Detector. Pinpoint Probe


Find Bags

Now you have found your precious artefacts, you don’t want to damage them. Stuffing them into your pocket is going to do more damage than good. This is why a finds bag/pouch is recommended. You should also take the rubbish that you find home with you or you will find it next time. A popular choice for finds bags are waistband pouches. A little tip: Carry self-sealing polythene bags to keep delicate finds separate from one another.

Garrett Finds Pouch with internal pocket


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Metal Detecting and Digging on the Thames Foreshore

If you are thinking of heading down to the Thames foreshore armed with your metal detector this website gives you the in’s and out’s of what you can and cannot do.

Thames Foreshore Access for Leisure or Pleasure including Metal Detecting and Digging

The Thames foreshore is potentially hazardous and some dangers may not always be immediately apparent. The Thames rises and falls by over 7.0m twice a day as the tide comes in and out. The current is fast and the water is cold.

Anyone going on the foreshore does so entirely at their own risk and must take personal responsibility for their safety and that of anyone with them. In addition to the tide and current mentioned above there are other less obvious hazards, for example raw sewage, broken glass, hypodermic needles and wash from vessels. Steps and stairs down to the foreshore can be slippery and dangerous and are not always maintained.

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Reading Tidal Rivers by E.Fletcher

Article | Woman’s hobby leads to detecting history

Published by The Coast News, written by , Thursday 26th July, 2012

COAST CITIES — Peggy Higgins isn’t one to hide her enthusiasm for a hobby that she began four years ago. On most every weekend, she’s listening for objects from the past, searching for the underlying history that most people walk over without ever knowing it. Higgins, as her car’s license plate holder reads, “digs” metal detecting. When she isn’t detecting, Higgins, 55, works as a victims advocate for the County. She said detecting is a good way to decompress and get exercise.

– Taken from Article

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