Grams are often used to measure small weights, particularly in the scientific or medical fields.
However, not too many people have a good feel for how much 10 grams actually is.
Learning about a few common items that weigh about 10 grams can help you better understand what that weight is.
It can also help you accurately calibrate a scale.
1. Ten Paperclips
A single standard-sized paperclip weighs almost exactly 1 gram.
This means that ten standard paperclips will weigh almost exactly 10 grams.
Because their weight is so uniform and exact, using paper clips is an excellent way to get a feel for a particular weight or to calibrate a scale.
Larger paper clips can also be used to estimate 10 grams.
Large paperclips generally weigh about 2 grams each.
This means that five large paper clips are equal to about 10 grams.
2. Two Nickels
A single United States nickel weighs exactly 5 grams.
This means that two US nickels should weigh exactly 10 grams.
There’s always the possibility for slight fluctuations in weight due to wear or dirt on the coins, but two nickels are still one of the best ways to calibrate a scale or get a feel for 10 grams.
Nickels aren’t the only United States money that can help you measure 10 grams.
A single penny weighs 2.5 grams, so four pennies is equal to exactly 10 grams.
A dollar bill weighs 1 gram, so ten dollar bills are equal to 10 grams.
3. Two Sheets of Copy Paper
A single sheet of 8.5 by 11-inch copy paper weighs just less than 5 grams.
This means that two pieces of paper held together weigh just a tiny bit less than 10 grams.
Most people can imagine how lightweight a piece of paper feels, so this is a great way to estimate what 10 grams feels like when held in the hand.
4. Ten Almonds
Almonds vary slightly in shape and size since they’re natural objects and each nut develops differently.
However, in general, one almond weighs about 1 gram.
Gathering together ten almonds, therefore, can help you estimate with relative accuracy what 10 grams looks and feels like.
5. A Pair of Cufflinks
Depending on their material and style, cufflinks can weigh anywhere from 5 to 15 grams.
Heavier cufflinks made from certain metals or those with additional decorations will weigh on the higher end of that scale.
However, an average pair of cufflinks, particularly those made from a material such as stainless steel, weighs right around 10 grams.
Although this number won’t always be exact, imagining the weight of a pair of cufflinks can help you estimate the weight of 10 grams.
6. A Tablespoon of Butter
Grams are a unit of measurement for weight, while tablespoons are a unit of measurement for volume.
This means that, depending on what’s being measured, tablespoons and grams won’t always equal the same amount.
However, you can still use tablespoons to help you estimate the weight of 10 grams.
For example, a tablespoon of butter weighs just over 10 grams at 14 grams.
Thinking of a pat of butter just smaller than a tablespoon, then, can help you estimate what 10 grams is.
A tablespoon of flour or water weighs about 15 grams, so about two-thirds of a tablespoon of these items will weigh about 10 grams.
7. A Plastic Pen
Pens can weigh different amounts depending on what they’re made of and what decorations they feature.
Metal pens can weigh over 15 grams, but simple plastic pens without any additional decorations generally weigh right around 10 grams.
Although this may not be an exact way to measure 10 grams, imagining the weight of a simple plastic pen can help you estimate.
Pencils that haven’t been used and have their full eraser also weigh just less than 10 grams, generally coming in at around 7 grams.
8. Ten Birthday Candles
If you’ve ever blown out candles on a birthday cake, you know what the small, colorful wax candles look like.
These candles each weigh about 1 gram before they’re burned.
That means that ten candles weigh almost exactly 10 grams. If the candles have any other decorations added to them, however, they’ll be a little heavier than a gram.
9. One to Two Postcards
Around the world, postcards tend to have a standard size, but that size can be different from country to country.
In some parts of the world, postcards are small and are printed on thinner paper.
These postcards usually weigh between 4 and 5 grams, so two of them together are equal to about 10 grams.
In the United States, postcards can be a bit larger.
They’re also printed on thicker paper, which helps to protect them during long journeys across the country.
These postcards usually weigh about 7 grams, but they can weigh up to 10 grams.