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The Maia is a universal all-rounder air scribe. If you can only have one to do it all, then this would be it! We have designed this specifically to be the most versatile fossil preparation air scribe on the market, capable of tackling everything from moderate roughing work to fine detail.

Buttery smooth in use, small and easy to handle, highly customisable, low air pressure and low air consumption. This tool is truly a delight to use. 

This occupies a similar place in our range as the ZOIC Chicago, but similtaneously has both more power, and more finesse. 

  • Universal all-rounder
  • Huge range of heads/styli to choose from
  • UKCA & CE Certified

  • Excellent customer service
  • Made in the UK in our Dorset Workshop

  • Spares ALWAYS available

  • Guaranteed safe checkout

The option selected below will be your 'Base' tool. You can select different styli/head combinations and sizes on our site. 


Unearth the balance of power and precision with the Maia, our universal fossil preparation air scribe designed to revolutionize your fossil preparation experience. The Maia sets new standards for versatility, ease of use, and customisation in fossil preparation tools.

Unrivaled Versatility: The Maia is your go-to companion for fossil preparation, capable of handling a wide spectrum of tasks. From moderate roughing work to delicate, fine-detail tasks, it excels in all applications, making it the most versatile preparation air scribe on the market.

Silky-Smooth Performance: Prepare to be enchanted by The Maia's buttery-smooth operation, ensuring your work is both efficient and satisfying.

Compact and Manageable: The Maia's ergonomic design ensures it's easy to handle, even during prolonged use. Its compact size allows you to navigate intricate details with ease, reducing fatigue and enhancing your overall productivity.

Highly Customizable: Tailor The Maia to your exact preferences. With a range of customizable styli and heads, you can adjust it to suit your specific needs. Need matrix removal? Use a 3mm chisel to grunt away the top layers of rock. Need precision for fine work? Use the 1.5mm point. Need something inbetween? Try a 2mm or 2.5mm stylus!

Efficient and Eco-Friendly: The Maia boasts low pressure and low air consumption, making it not only cost-effective but also environmentally friendly. Spend less on your energy bills, and enjoy the sound of silence as your compressor kicks in less often.

The Perfect Partner: When the Maia is paired with our Balaur air scribe, they become an unbeatable duo. Together, they provide a seamless transition between roughing and detailing, ensuring your fossil preparation workflow is as efficient as it is effective.

Its exceptional versatility, smooth performance, compact design, customization options, efficiency, and compatibility make it an indispensable tool in the hands of any fossil enthusiast or professional. Experience the evolution of fossil preparation with The Maia! 

Weight: 166g (5.85oz)

Dimensions: 100mm length, 25mm max. diameter (4" long, almost 1" ø)

Working Pressure Range: 0.5 - 2.5 Bar (7-36 PSI)

Optimal Working Pressure (for most tasks): 2 Bar (30 PSI)

Maximum Air Consumption: 10lpm (0.35 CFM) at 2 Bar 

Noise: 71 dB(A)

Vibration: 4.2m/s2 at 2.5 Bar

BPM: Approx 9000 at 2.5 Bar (36 PSI)

Connection: Air hose + Inline filter assembly + pressure regulator + quick coupler

On/Off Mechanism: Ball Valve

The Maia is fitted with a stylus locking mechanism, which means that when fitted with a chisel it will never rotate or spin when you’re working – not once, not ever. Easily switch between point and chisel.

This is also beneficial if you sharpen your own points, as it is not essential to grind dead on centre. Your stylus will remain absolutely stable and hit where you expect each and every time.

  • Unparalleled Versatility: Tackle Any Task with Ease

  • ZOIC PalaeoTech PRO Range

  • A variety of stone-grade tungsten carbide styli to choose from (1.5 - 3mm diameter)

  • Frugal air consumption 

  • Smoooooooth as butter
  • Rubber coated for thermal insulation and easy grip

The Maia is extraordinarily versatile.

We offer a wide range of heads and styli for the Maia. From 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm to 3mm, you can accomplish almost any task in the fossil preparation workshop. Just make sure that the head is matched to the stylus diameter. Each head and stylus are engraved with their diameter to save any confusion. 

Head/Stylus Combinations

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1.5mm Head + 1.5mm Stylus for ZPT-MA The Maia
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3mm Head & 3mm Stylus for ZPT-MA The Maia

Stylus Options

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1.5mm Point for ZPT-MA The Maia
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2mm Rounded Chisel for ZPT-MA The Maia
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Head Options

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What’s in the box? The Maia air scribe, fitted with 1.5m premium extra flexible braided hose, inline particulate filter assembly and pressure regulator. Packaged in a wooden presentation box with a male coupler (as per user requirements), spare stylus o-rings, Air Tool Oil, silicone o-ring grease, 1x protective scribe sleeve, 1x 14mm spanner, User Manual & Declaration of Conformity.


We manufacture each tool right here in Dorset, and take enormous pride in our workmanship. Each tool is quality controlled before it leaves our workshop. Dependability, reliability, innovation and function are at the heart of what we do. We want for our tools to see you through whatever you may throw at them, and for you to enjoy using them. We want them to be as quiet as they can be, comfortable and a genuine pleasure to use. We design our tools to be low maintenance, requiring very little user input. If you look after your tools, they will look after you! 

Warranty: 24 month warranty to cover manufacturing faults and defects. 

If you have any troubleshooting queries at any point during the lifetime of your tool, we are fully contactable. We will always do our best to make sure you are getting the most out of your tool, no matter how old or battered it is!

CE & UKCA Conformable

What is a Maia?

Maiasaura was a herbivourous duck-billed dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of North America. Its name means 'good mother lizard', referring to the finds of nests with eggs, embryos and young animals, in a nesting colony. These showed that Maiasaura fed its young while they were in the nest, the first time such evidence was obtained for a dinosaur. 

We reckon we've made a tool that 'mothers' your fossils. She looks after them, and brings them out to be the very best they can be. The Maia sure is a good mother!

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