Metal Detecting and Treasure Hunting

The Teknetics Tek-Point

If you have been metal detecting without a handheld pin-pointer, you probably have a pretty good grasp of what frustration feels like.  Trying to find a dirt encrusted coin that is the same color as the dirt in your plug, can be a maddening experience for rookies and veterans alike.   

 

Dig a plug - sweep the coil - dig some more - sweep some more - dig even more - sweep even more.  Rinse-and-repeat until you are ready to wrap your detector around a tree.  

 

It does not take a genius to realize that the faster you recover a target, the more treasure you are putting in your pouch.  It would probably be a safe bet to say using a pinpointer can decrease target recovery time by a factor of 3 to 4.  

 

Good thing for you, as there is a brand new pinpointer in town ready to cut those recovery times down dramatically.

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Buried Treasure in the United States

The metal detectorists in other parts of the world sure seem to have all the luck.   The Europeans can find Roman coins in almost any farm or field.  Chinese and Russian coins from Asia date back thousands of years.  The Middle East section of Africa is full of finds from the beginning of civilization as we know it.    

 

If you are metal detecting in the United States of America, you just might feel left out from time to time.

 

However, that is not always the case.  There have been some amazing finds here in the US.  Swords and rifles from the Civil and Revolutionary Wars.  Viking treasure that proved Columbus was not the first outsider to land here.  Gold nuggets the size of footballs.  While you may feel left out from all the fun they are having on the other side of the globe, fret not, there are great things under our feet to be found still

 

You just need to know where to look...

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The Top 3 Teknetics Metal Detectors For Gold

Gold can get pretty darn small.  Smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.  The more sensitive a metal detector is, the easier it is to hear the small stuff.  This in turn puts more gold in your pocket.

That being said, having a sensitive detector is not all there is to it.   

 

Gold is almost always found in heavy mineralization of some sort.  Those minerals often reduce the capability of many detectors to punch down and receive a signal.  Almost like a fog that the detector must see though.  The thicker the mineralization, the thicker the fog.   Since the ground itself is the biggest target our detectors pick up, and gold is one of the smallest, good ground balancing is important so the metal detector can see through that fog.   

 

Teknetics has 3 offerings that do very well in such conditions.  They punch through the dirt with ease thanks to their superb quick and manual ground balancing capabilities.  All 3 of them have extremely sensitive “all-metal” modes as well.

 

The Teknetics G2+ - T2 -  and Patriot.

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The Best Metal Detector For Beginners

From emails to YouTube comments to Facebook messages.  I have seen my fair share of questions about metal detectors.     

 

Which detector is best?   

Should I tell my wife?

Do I need a different coil?  

 

These are questions that just cannot be answered easily.

 

The best metal detector is the one you learn to master to the best of your ability.  

Do you like sleeping on the couch?

Do you hunt trashy parks (small coil) or farming pastures (large coil)?

 

There is also one other question that is seen almost daily, more so than any other question.

 

Which metal detector is best for a beginner?   

 

While I still stand by my reasoning that the “best” metal detector for any skill level is the one you take time to master, I can at least tackle this question by showing you detectors geared towards the beginner to intermediate ranged user.  This is where Teknetics metal detectors comes up to bat, and hits a grand slam with their detector lineup.  

 

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Eldorado Canyon and the Techatticup Gold Mine

 

 

 

Techatticup Gold Mine near Nelson, NV. just 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip

Photo: Russ Balbirona

 

 

About 45 minutes southwest of Las Vegas, just past the sleepy little community or "ghost town" of present day Nelson, Nev., lies the Techatticup Mine.

How Well Do You Know Your Metal Detector?

If you are new to the hobby of metal detecting, you have probably heard the term “air test” or “nail test” thrown around once or twice.  If you were to ask many experienced metal detectorists what they think about air or bench tests, the response is often loud and clear... 

Air tests are worthless.   Nail tests?  What a joke!  A test garden in the backyard?  A waste of time!  

Twist it and spin it any way you like.  Certain metal detectorists just do not like to bench test their metal detectors.  They very well may even scoff at the suggestion of it in forum or blog posts.  In their eyes, you should take your relic machine and go hunt a nail infested relic site to learn.  You should take you gold detector and go find gold.  Testing is rubbish.   

While I will never say somebody is wrong because they do something different, I just cannot subscribe to that logic.  I think many veterans of this hobby forget what it was like to be a rookie.  There is a learning curve to almost everything in life and metal detecting is no different.  There is tremendous value in testing your metal detector in multiple ways - no matter how long you have been in the hobby. 

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Welcome to Metal Detecting

So you want to become a metal detectorist?  You've seen the TV shows and the Youtube videos.  Guys hooting and hollering at every find.  Unearthing history right under their feet.  It looks like great fun right?  Maybe not all the cartwheels and yelling - but the metal detecting part sure does seem neat.

Heck, it’s free money and jewelry coming out of the ground.  Gold nuggets beeping their way into your pockets. Relics from ages past just waiting to be uncovered.   It’s literally the hobby that pays you back for enjoying it!

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The Treasure World of Metal Detecting

Relics - gold nuggets - coins and jewelry - saltwater beaches.  There’s a detector for each, and sometimes a detector that will try to do it all. So without further ado...let’s take a look in no particular order.

#1.  GOLD PROSPECTING

Some hardened veterans say this is the hardest aspect of treasure hunting.  You must literally dig every beep to be truly successful here.  99% of it being iron bits and not gold, it could easily be mistaken as work rather than a hobby.  While retirement type finds have been made in a single hole, it should be noted that it is usually the accumulation of many small to medium sized targets that wins the day here. 

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