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Is there a "right way" to open Six Photo tins?

HarlequinHarlequin Posts: 736
edited June 2012 in General
I just took my pocket knife and ran it around the inside of the tin, cutting it out. Is there any other way or is that as good as any?


  • AbraxasAbraxas Posts: 5,448
    Are you talking about the vacuum tins? Someone asked me for an opinion on these snuffs and I spent an age trying to get into it without damaging it, eventually giving it to my 20 year old son who works out every day - neither guile or brute strength got me into them and I eventually cut the can open with a stout knife or else I could never have reviewed the snuff. 

    With those J and H Wilsons type vaccum cans, you can at least pierce the lid and let the pressure equalise, but the 6 photo ones were jammed on so tight that even that didn't help. They are a much lighter grade of alloy, which probably plays a part.

    On the positive side they are outstanding single use containers - the snuff would last forever, unopened, I think.
  • AbraxasAbraxas Posts: 5,448
    @Cstokes - The double post gremlin seems to be back.
  • HarlequinHarlequin Posts: 736
    Here's a picture. I don't know if they are vacuum tins or not.
    2012-06-13 14.23.59.jpg
    2560 x 1920 - 1M
  • cstokes4cstokes4 Posts: 4,631
    Put it on a flat surface and then push down very, very, very slowly with your thumb.  The plastic membrane with break off and you can discard it.  They were a bit tricky for me at first too.  
  • AbraxasAbraxas Posts: 5,448
    No, I was talking about the other type of round, flat vacuum tin. As I don't use that snuff normally they may have been pre-production or something.
  • cstokes4cstokes4 Posts: 4,631
    I think one of the 6 Photos has a metal membrane, might be the Chetak or Cheeta.  
  • Mr_OMr_O Posts: 1,693
    My Cheeta (35 or 45g?) had the plastic...
  • SnuffinClownSnuffinClown Posts: 215
    Super Chetak also has a metal membrane. @Harlequin I just rimmed it with a pocket knife and then transferred the snuff into a glass spice jar because the lip on the lid is pretty short and the tins don't hold in the scent very well. Come to think of it, nothing much can lock in the scent of a Super Chetak...I even tried a scent lock container and the smell of an Indian market still managed to fill my room.
  • HarlequinHarlequin Posts: 736
    That honestly doesn't sound like a bad thing, lol.
  • SnuffSnifferSnuffSniffer Posts: 624
    I use a single edged razor blade to cut around the permimeter of the plastic film cap, then I transfer the snuff to a small glass jar.
  • howdydavehowdydave Posts: 1,628
    I've had some where the interior bag comes right out (I think that was the harder plastic seal,) but most of them don't.

    I have conceded defeat and just use my jack knife to cut a slot in the interior seal and transfer the snuff from the tin to my snuffbox with a teaspoon.

    When I can lift up the bag from the tin, I snip off a corner. This allows me to pour into a snuffbox.
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