I tend to carry a half dozen stone picks with me, when I'm out mining, and one or two iron picks for the better ores.
I've have poor luck with diamond picks (get lost in a cave, and jumped by a creeper or something, and not make it back in time) so I haven't made more than a couple of them. Keep one in a chest, for those times I feel like digging up obsidian.
Tons of stone and then one diamond.
Stone is for mining anything stone can mine, and diamond is for special stuff. *I mass mine cause I need stone*.
I don't use iron since I can use it for greater things, like minecarts/rails.
I used to be all about the stone picks but I've recently gathered enough piles of iron to start making iron pickaxes. They make mining a lot more enjoyable and you don't have to worry quite as much about losing your prized possession since iron is much easier to find than diamond.
Maybe I'm just a little bit attached to my diamonds due to being afraid of losing them because of their rarity due to me not being that serious of a miner.
But if I have to, I'll still switch back to stone (usually when I'm deep within a cave and I don't want to use my iron at the moment).
Wood I don't like to use due to how inefficient it is with when mining deep underground where wood isn't always that plentiful.
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