Originally Posted by Xexist
Those gem axes are amazing. Unfortunately they (at least the sapphire one I made) are really delicate, so dont waste time on metals (other than maybe gold) stick to time crystals and they add up very quickly!
The gem pickaxes have a very poor cutting rate, something like a flint or stone, thus it takes longer for it to mine ore and wears out quicker. It can mine time crystals pretty quick so it's fine for just that and can last quite a while. I've gotten about 200 crystals from the use of one amethyst pickaxe and now I'm ready to upgrade to emerald. What I do now especially for gold ore is to start on it with a regular pickaxe like steel and stop just before it's complete. Then I switch to the gem axe for the last few hits and get the bonus so I can rack up my gold ore fast.
Add me to the list of people who never understood or got into Minecraft but am enjoying the heck out of this game. Bought the timer doubler and I don't feel 'forced' into paying for anything. I just wanted to support the developer coz if it's this good now, imagine what it'll be after a couple of updates.