- Moh's hardness kit
- Mineral ID Kit 1.0
Moh's Scale of Hardness Kit
This mineral hardness collection has nine specimens, from talc (hardness 1) through corundum (hardness 9).
The Moh scale is not a regular, linear progression. Some of the minerals are quite close to each other in hardness, while others are farther apart. However, Moh's Hardness is an extremely useful measure when trying to identify a mineral.
If your unknown mineral can scratch fluorite but not apatite, for example, then you know it has a hardness of 4.0 or 4.5. If fluorite cannot scratch the mineral at all, you would narrow this to 4.5.
To see a successful scratch was made, first clean away any dust or powder that might have formed. It often helps to examine the specimen with a hand lens.
Mineral Identification Kit 1.0
#C1998 ... $24.95
Description: This is an introductory micro chem and identification kit for grownups. It includes some glassware and other items that are useful for mineral testing; also some items useful for field testing. Saves you time in assembling components. Also includes a manual with 10+ pages, discussing some mineral tests and having pointers on where to look up many more. There's a wealth of information and experience here!
a 10x loupe with lanyard (to wear around your neck),
a porcelain spot plate (back doubles as a streak plate),
two 1/2 oz. dropper bottles,
two sample vials,
a 10 mL micro beaker,
a 10 mL micro flask,
a steel spatula,
a glass stir rod w/ rubber policeman
10 pcs. filter paper (for spot tests).
This is real glassware (Caution: Fragile), not plastic.
Chemical reagents not included; you must locate and buy these separately (some info is given in the manual included with kit).