General Numismatic Chat Thread, Opening a slab using a shop vise in General Numismatic Discussions; Anyone tried this yet?
I have made a couple of videos before opening slabs with a happen and a towel. ...
I have made a couple of videos before opening slabs with a happen and a towel. Most of the time it was dangerous and messy with sharp pieces of plastic flying and falling all over the place. Kind of had me like this... Smash it with a hammer - YouTube
Now, I have always wanted to try a cleaner and smoother method. So I researched many ways of doing it and found a way I wanted to try. This method required a towel, a shop vise and a small flat-head screw driver to open.
So here is my first time opening up a slab using the shop vise. I must add that it was easy, clean and didn't take much to open.
Please excuse how messy and old looking my work table looks. I have done lots and lots of work on that old table and I still use it to work on projects around the house, toy fixing and building stuff, not to mention lots of painting, hammering, wood cutting, tool fixing, sharpening etc.... Opening A Coin Slab Using A Shop Vise - YouTube
From that particular research I did, it says that this method works great for NGC and PCGS slabs as well.
(PS. The editor box is not working correctly. It is not showing the editing icons or anything)
I have always used a hammer and vice to break coin slabs. I have been a closet coin slab destroyer, but now come out and admit to the world that I too will free an under-graded coin from its slab. I feel the freedom of not hiding in secrecy anymore. Thank you for paving the way for people like us.
I like your method of breaking the slab. I might use a chisel to part the slab sections rather than a screwdriver though. It looks like a very clean way to free a coin. But, it certainly doesn't seem as fun as busting plastic all over the place...