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Saturday, 30 July 2016

First time out metal detecting in 5 months, new metal detector and an amazing medieval artefact!

Minelab Safari metal detector and possibly my favourite find ever....

So today was the day, my first metal detecting session in around five months and considering i used to be out every weekend day without fail this break has been a long one. Upon waking up the sky was overcast but there was no sign of rain just as the weather report said it would be like. I loaded up the car with the essentials, coat, metal detector, spade and pointer and i was away.

I went to the usual done to death pasture permission that mainly throws up military and modern crap not expecting to find much but as a chance to start bonding with the Safari. As soon as i got out the car the heavens opened and tried to give me a good drenching, luckily i brought sandwich bags to keep the detector dry!

Anyway the showers were short lived and i was soon basking in glorious sunshine wondering how i had managed to stay away from metal detecting for so long. The finds were pretty sparse today but i did manage a couple of coins, button and quite possibly my favourite find that i have has so far. The find in question is a medieval heraldic mount with blue and red enamel still remaining even after centuries buried in the soil.

The setting i use on the Minelab Safari were all metal, auto sensitivity, -10 and +40 notched out, threshold just audible and a good noise cancel. I found these settings to be very effective and worked quite deep. On the whole i am very impressed with the detector so far although it is a touch on the heavy side and my arm is feeling it right now.

Here is the video of the action
Also here is a picture of the mount!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

The new metal detector is here and some channel updates!

Well I raced home from work today in anticipation that the postman had delivered me a parcel, I was not disappointed.
After carefully unwrapping the well sealed up box my shiny new (used) Minelab Safari for sat on my lap waiting for assembly. This is my first ever Minelab machine and I am really happy with

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

I am very excited for tomorrow! (new metal detector alert)

Andy joins the Minelab Brigade

The day has come..... I could no longer handle not having a metal detector that I could use on the land. It was back in the cold and gloomy month of February since I last swung a coil in anger and it has really took its toll now. I bought a Cscope cs4pi around May time to do a bit of beach detecting but unfortunately the East Yorkshire beaches have been so sanded in that it is not worth the fuel to travel to the nearest

Which metal detector is the best to buy?

Which metal detector is the best?!

This is a question I am regularly asked in the comment sections of my metal detecting YouTube channel and it is possibly the hardest question to answer that is asked so often by newcomers to the hobby. You see, there are so many different variables involved

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

A few metal detecting bits and bobs, Stout Standards and a Viking sword!

Bronze Age sword found by the river and left in a barn for 50 years!

Ok, granted this is not a metal detecting find but it is a very extraordinary find so it has made it onto this blog post.

In 1965 Ambrose Owens was fishing on the river bank in County Fermanagh when he spotted an interesting looking sword,

Monday, 25 July 2016

How to beach metal detect -part 2- locating the treasure!

I have been metal detecting on the beach and all I found is ring pulls, what am I doing wrong?

This has got to be the main question successful beach metal detectorists get asked by people who are just getting into the hobby, hell, I asked the same question myself a few times at the start of my journey! By the end of this post hopefully some of you will be finding more 22ct rings instead of the coca-cola variety.
There are a few reasons as to why you are only finding ring pulls

Andy Baines is back in the metal detecting and magnet fishing game!

Why have I not been metal detecting, making videos or blogging?!

The simple answer is I have been struggling with the motivation to do anything