My philosophy is that I should NEVER have more materials stored in my chest than I need for my next big project. That goes for all materials, including diamond. I can easily burn through several diamond picks and shovels in a single hour as I clear room for my next construction.
Use for all tools while hording the rest so you can replace diamond tools as they wear out. The tools are so much faster and save you so much room over the extra stone/iron tools you would need to carry that I just can't resist. I heard someone on a video say that the world is infinite but your time is not. Diamond picks are faster and last a long time.
If it becomes clear I am not going to run out of diamonds (like 50+) I make armor as well just for fun. :smile.gif:
i agree, i found when i started using diamond tools for branch mining, i was so much more efficient that i find more diamond,
I always use diamond the second I get it, after I get my first pick I'm pretty good about sustaining a decent supply of diamond, at LEAST enough to have 1 diamond pick and 1 diamond shovel OR 4 diamond at all times.
This is partially because I run into veins of 4-6 diamond pretty regularly, or on my first world where I found 13 in one area.
I like to hoard iron, diamond, ect. but recently i used 24 diamonds on making full armor, 11 on all tools/sword. i only have 14 diamonds left but hey, its just as nice to look a nice pile of diamonds as it is to look at all tools/armor of diamonds :smile.gif:
Use. I can be prone to the mentality of never using rare items in any game, but I've realized that there's no point in not ever using an item; the very point of an item in a game is for it to be used. Why hoard them needlessly?
In my noob days, i quested for diamonds constantly trying to get that speed boost for digging that a diamond pickaxe brought with it. But then i had a reality check. Diamonds are in fact a very stupid problem to have.
I'd rather not throw them away though, so i hoard them. I have a block and 3 diamonds (I ignored a lot of diamonds).
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I am a creator. This makes me infinitely greater and more useful than any war lover.
I hoard not only diamonds, but gold and iron too. I make ONE iron pick to mine diamonds/redstone/gold, and all other picks are stone.
I hate to say it, but ... "THIS"
The time savings on the pickaxe is only worth it to me on the SMP server I play on where I have 30 blocks of diamond from picking apart an admin's house that hasn't logged on in forever. *whistles innocently*
On my SSP, I *could* hack in infinite diamonds, but it would ruin the map for me, so I just make a diamond shovel for terraforming and MAYBE a diamond pick if I feel like mining obsidian.