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So what about a recovery scoop and a pocket gold pan in one?

I promised you that I would be giving you another surprise this week.   I have always loved using a recovery scoop, but it sort of aggravated me that little pieces of gold would sometimes sneak out of the scoop when I was trying to sift dirt into my hand.  This aggravation has been even more exacerbated by the introduction of machines like the Gold Monster that find such dinky pieces of gold that they can surf right on top of the dirt and be easily lost.

I have always advocated that when you get the target into your scoop try to agitate the dirt so the heavy gold sinks to the bottom.  Well what if there was a scoop made where the bottom of the scoop was recessed a little to make it a SPOT to catch the GOLD.  A Gold SPOT,  Or a "G" Spot?  Then what if the scoop was designed with an incline that led to three riffles of three different heights?  This way when you sift the dirt out into your hand, the riffles stop the heavy gold and hold it making it easier to recover?

I designed the "G" Spot so the scoop is smooth on the bottom so you can shove it in your pocket and take it out with ease.  I looked at gold pans and they always form the riffles by molding them into the pan by raising the riffles on the inside of the pan by indenting the molded material on the bottom of the pan.  This just causes a weak spot, and leaves crevices for dirt to collect in.

Like to crevice?  Add a little water to the "G" Spot and you have a recovery treasure scoop and pocket gold pan all in one neat little package.

I think the "G" Spot with these unique features will speed up target recovery and it's just fun to use..  I guess this is actually sort of a tease because I only have these 5 scoops.  They are just the pre-production proto-types sent to me for approval.  So what do you all think should I approve these to go into production?  I vote yes!  What do you think?

Doc

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Is this heavy duty?

Two of my scoops have broke. The broken one I'm using now has lasted for years. Just a little chip from the front.

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I'd be willing to test one out....   :4chsmu1:

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These are made of ABS plastic, very tough.  Same stuff they make sewer pipes out of.

Doc

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They look good Doc! I could test one out for you to give it a really good honest stress test. Just as a suggestion I would like to see a small saw tooth edge on the side. It would help in the recovery of the GM1000 dinks when scraping that hard pan and only wanting to take fractions of an inch off at a time. Being a right handed 'scooper' I would like to see the teeth on the left side of the spoon as you hold it, scoop side up and handle pointing back at you. If you need my address to send the sample just say so in a PM and I will get it to you. Thanks!:old::rolleyes:

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15 hours ago, chrisski said:

Is this heavy duty?

Two of my scoops have broke. The broken one I'm using now has lasted for years. Just a little chip from the front.

Chrisski,

I weigh170 pounds after your question later in the evening I stood on the scoop an sort of bounced a little.  No give.  I think because they are so shiny they look like cheap plastic.  I'm seeing if they could change the finish to a more satin finish.  I could do them in Poly Prop which would give them a more hard but rubbery feel, but I don't thing those would wear well.

No one makes these of Nyglass, which is a premium material but would double the retail cust.

Doc

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I like the riffles in the bottom of the scoop and would think strong enough if they are made of the same plastic material that the other every day scoops are.

Let us know when they are available. Likely I'd get one to try out. 

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I’ve been scoring my scoops for years with a razor blade to act as a riffle.  Next level Doc!  They look amazing 

 

Brownie 

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How about  another one one size smaller to scoop some dirt out of the lager one .

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25 minutes ago, H-2 Charlie said:

How about  another one one size smaller to scoop some dirt out of the lager one .

"You're killing me Smalls!"

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They look good I just bought one of your new arm rest covers from Bill and it looks good as well-Here are a couple of scoops I use that are similar to yours-I really like the smaller one as you can tell by the wear :arrowheadsmiley: Mike C...:200:

 

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3 hours ago, Mike C... said:

They look good I just bought one of your new arm rest covers from Bill and it looks good as well-Here are a couple of scoops I use that are similar to yours-I really like the smaller one as you can tell by the wear :arrowheadsmiley: Mike C...

Yep, I think that little one looks like a pretty good design.

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11 hours ago, Mike C... said:

They look good I just bought one of your new arm rest covers from Bill and it looks good as well-Here are a couple of scoops I use that are similar to yours-I really like the smaller one as you can tell by the wear :arrowheadsmiley: Mike C...:200:

 

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The GRG scoop is my all time favorite. Mainly because the sides are square and not rounded. It makes it easier for me to scrape/scoop a pile of dirt on flat ground. I bought several of them from Rob a few years ago because the hook at the top seems to always break off. I like your fix for the hook fix Mike. I have a few broken that are now going to be fixed and used again.

Yours looks good too Doc! I'll have to get one and give it a go. Now I just need to find time to get out and prospect.

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Great idea Doc....One possible improvement might be to continue the riffles the whole width of the spoon so the goodies are more trapped...Those'll sell Doc... Cheers, Unc  We've got a bank of five 3-D printers I might play with different versions....Each scoop would take several days to create but it would be interesting...

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