Ken Mannion
   Fossil Preparation Tools  
Since 1996

About us

We have produced and supplied Fossil preparation tools and equipment for well over 30 years and sent them to over 30 different countries. Our tools are in use in countries as diverse as the Vatican State, Mongolia and Tahiti. Our customers include many National Museums and leading Universities and of course countless individuals, many who are amateur collectors who are going it alone somewhat or who are entering the field for the first time.

Being an independent family run business. Ken Mannion is both the head cook and the bottle washer and if you choose to contact us it will be me that you contact.

We have both a Fossil preparation workshop and Fossil Preparation tool production workshop. Indeed the fossil Preparation workshop is where the tools have evolved over the years I surmise that I have done over 20,000 hours of high level fossil preparation on an innumerable variety of fossils over the years, using the very same tools that we supply. I was, before the fossils, a qualified production engineer for about ten years

My focus on the production and supply of fossil prep. tools. Coupled with my considerable experience of Fossil preparing and production Engineering has given me a unique and privileged "niche" within the fossil world. Meaning that we are fortunate to have an extensive and broad involvement in the many aspects of the fossil world at every level.

However we are aware that we tend not to appear too prominent especially over the web. You will not find us on facebook or collectors forums, you will not see us on Ebay, we obviously do not have a fancy interactive website either . Indeed most of our involvement comes via word of mouth and one to one direct contact.........if you want to move forward into the world of Fossil preparation whether you are a total beginner, an intrepid amateur or professional collector or a leading museum or university you will find us very approachable...we can talk fossils, fossil preparing and fossil collecting at every level and genuinely enjoy doing so.

Letter from Richard Owen to a Gentleman collector at Charmouth discussing a recently found Ichthyosaur. 1862
1st century BC Roman Marble Grand tour Bust. Ex Charles Darwin. Collected by his great Uncle. 1806.
Hand written receipt for fossil specimens from Mary Anning with the title "Fossilist." c.1825

Ken Mannion Collection circa 1988

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Last revision/update February 2019