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At Gold Claw, our mission is to bring the thrill of gold discovery to everyone.

Our goal is to help people fall in love with gold prospecting and panning and ultimately aid them in progressing from beginner to experienced panner. The eagle symbolizes freedom and gold symbolizes financial freedom. Like an eagle snatching its prey from the river, the Gold Claw pan grips the gold right out of the stream.

The entry point for gold recovery begins at the gold pan; however, the gold pan itself is one of the barriers to success. Panning is an art and many beginners are unaware of the many pitfalls that the experienced panner has learned to avoid in order to get to the gold.

A experienced panner spends five to ten minutes panning one pan full of material. With Gold Claw’s revolutionary new pan, this time is reduced to a mere thirty seconds and requires no previous experience.

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Gold Claw’s new technology overcomes the common pitfalls associated with gold panning. Our pan enables anyone to out-pan a pro by panning faster and catching more gold.

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Common Pitfalls Associated with Conventional Gold Panning


In order to find a great panning location, you first need to pan many nearby locations and then follow the gold toward a higher concentrated area. With conventional pans it can take anywhere from five to ten minutes to pan a single pan and when testing out a large area, this amount of time is impractical, especially for a beginner. Our innovative Gold Claw pan reduces this time down to 30 seconds so anyone can truly out pan a pro!


Inexperienced prospectors will often expect to see a significant amount of gold from a single pan. However, when they are preoccupied looking for 20 or more flakes, they are less likely to notice the one to three flakes that are in their pan. Many beginners don’t realize that a panner must pan roughly five gallons worth of material to determine the potential productivity of a panning area. The ability to pan more material faster makes Gold Claw’s new pan an essential tool for all panners.

Surface Tension

Panning the conventional way involves repeated cycles of washing. As the water retreats, it pulls lighter materials out of the pan producing a “waves of the ocean” effect. Because gold naturally has a high surface tension, fine or flat gold will actually float. Experienced prospectors know to protect fine gold by keeping it safely at the bottom. However, beginner panners are unaware of this effect and often allow the fine and flat gold to be picked up and floated right out of the pan.


With conventional panning, a panner aggressively shakes the material in the pan to create liquefaction. The material then begins to stratify or form layers by weight. In other words, the lighter material works its way up and the gold works its way down into the riffles at the bottom. At this point in the process, panners typically will stop shaking and wash away some of the top layer of lighter material and then repeat. However, oftentimes inexperienced panners are too gentle to get the gold down or are overly aggressive and shake the gold back up or wash away too much of the top layer and lose the gold. Experienced panners know not to shake the pan while washing since shaking can suspend the fine gold and be wash it out with the gravel. Clear as mud right? Let’s just say its hard to get it right. The Gold Claw pan solves this problem by placing gold trapping riffles outside the pan ensuring effective contact with all the material. A beginner only has to know to gently shake and pour the material in a thin layer over the riffles keeping it under water.


In conventional pans, large rocks often upset the process of panning. Because surface tension is required to wash out the lighter material, the particle surface area to volume ratio becomes important. Smaller particles have a higher ratio and are more easily suspended. When gravel is mixed with fine gold it requires fairly aggressive washing to remove the larger rocks, but the fine gold is easily lost. The conventional solution to address this problem is to classify or screen away the larger gravel, but this takes time and additional equipment. With Gold Claw’s innovative pan, heavier materials flow like liquid into the gold traps, and regardless of size, lighter materials are displaced and flow over the edges and out of the pan. Separation is no longer dependent on the effects of surface tension and size is no longer a pitfall. With our pan, you can process the large gravel along with the fine sands and fine gold. This not only makes the process simple and effortless, it greatly increases the ability to trap superfine gold.