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PreppyHippy



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PostSubject: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:12 am

I just used a handy screwdriver to wedge under the edge of the lid of a square tin, in the dimpled slot by a corner. Worked fine, but everytime I do this I wonder if there's a better tool for the job since with too much bending of the metal edges the tin will have more air to dry the leaf out.

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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:24 am

Teeth.











...or a pipe nail.

Cool
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Steveaux

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:26 am

Quarter.
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kieveryuu

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:30 am

Czech pipe tool.
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:27 am

I keep an old English penny in my pocket, an artifact of the day when a penny was actually worth something, was made from copper, and could be used as button on a constable's jacket, or a weapon in a pinch. It's the same size as a US half-dollar, and is so ideally suited to opening tobacco tins, I'm left to wonder if they weren't originally made with that very coin in mind. (If you haven't got a penny then a ha'penny won't do, neither a coconut, a tuppence or a threpence, and the new pound coins, which carry about the same monetary weight as a penny did then, are much too thick. Wink)
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idbowman

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:29 am

kieveryuu wrote:
Czech pipe tool.

+1.

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kaiser83

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:45 am

Steveaux wrote:
Quarter.
+1

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monbla256

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:47 am

Nickel or a quarter, whichever is in my pocket Razz
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Rob_In_MO

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:13 am

Flat Screwdriver.

Simple and it works...
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Simple Man

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:14 pm

7.62 x 54R... a bit messy, but never fails. Laughing
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DrT999

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:02 pm

kaiser83 wrote:
Steveaux wrote:
Quarter.
+1

+2-- seems to work better for me than other coins or a screw driver.
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Johnny

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:47 pm

Quarter for me too. If I don't happen to have one kicking around, I'll use the spoon on my Czech tool
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jbrown287

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:55 pm

+1 for the flat blade
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beetlejazz

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:26 pm

idbowman wrote:
kieveryuu wrote:
Czech pipe tool.

+1.


+2
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sstodvictory

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:59 pm

I use one of those cheapo aluminum nail-type tampers to open my tins.

Steve
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PreppyHippy



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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:42 am

Well at least no one uses dental tools.

I'd have thought most coins would be too wide, but now that I look at it, as long as there's a sufficient dimple in the underside of the tin, coins ought to work fine. I'll remember.

I must say Mr. Pease's special coin and habit of its use is pretty cool. Almost worth looking for a coin shop to find one of my own.

Thank you all for the replies. If anyone else has a neat habit or a sentimental one I'm sure still interested.

Thanks again!
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awoodby



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PostSubject: Fingers?   Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:16 pm

I just use my fingers. Does get a little uncomfortable by about the 6th tin of an order but damnit I want to smell them NOW!
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:31 pm

I generally use whatever coin I have available. I never use a club, because that is cruel.
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Anthonyx2b

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:36 am

see, ive never had a problem because i havent owned a tin yet sadly. I'm thinking of getting some Orlik golden sliced.
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PreppyHippy



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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:04 am

Anthonyx2b wrote:
see, ive never had a problem because i havent owned a tin yet sadly. I'm thinking of getting some Orlik golden sliced.

When you get a tin pay cash then. The pocket change will get you smoking right away!
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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:26 pm

And I thought this was going to be a thread about house-training an semi-aquatic marine mammal.
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DrumsAndBeer

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:07 pm

I use the same Church key that I use to open beer bottles. Pssshht!

This reminds me of the Simpson's episode where Homer develops an affinity for turning his new pistol into a tool for doing everything.

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:10 pm

OK confession time...

Back in the long distant past when I was getting into tinned blends I found the seal on say Dunhill blends and the like hard to break by simply twisting. Thought I had a good grip, and tried whacking them with a butter knife in the same fashion as one would do to attempting to open a jar of pickles or something.

That technique produced shall we say, less than satisfactory results......

Inquired at my B&M and they said to use a quarter to pry it up and hey presto.... it worked a charm.

Been doing this ever since.

Duh.....


monkey



Cheers,

RR

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KevinM



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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:25 pm

Paint can opener, particularly the small variety that has a blunt edge only, and no sharp edge. Paint stores often toss them in free with a purchase. Failing that, they only charge a quarter. "Course you could just use the quarter in the first place.

If that fails, back the car out of your garage. stand back from a wall, take a stance and look in for the sign, hold said tin in your curve ball grip, go into a stretch delivery following through by bringing your hand down sharply to get a nasty spin. Retrieve now open tin and move the contents into a suitable Ball jar. (That's why it's called a Ball jar, in case you didn't know.)
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WarmGlow63

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PostSubject: Re: Favorite Seal Breaking Tool   Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:35 am

My old handcuff key I keep in my key ring (great for opening beers also), or a quarter.
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