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    Quote Originally Posted by rwyoung View Post
    The only caveat to the leader retriever method is to make sure the cassette felt is clean. You will be pulling the film back across it again and so if it has sand or grit (ever drop a cassette in the dirt... very bad scene) you run the risk of scratching some or all of the film.
    That is true but fairly uncommon. The scratching on the exit slot is often mentioned however, the film has already passed through the slot twice in the camera and possibly once in production (not quite sure how they are loaded despite an Ilford tour last year!).

    I don't think I have ever had scratches caused this way.


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    Am I the only one who just tears the can open? I put my thumbs in at the felt and pull it apart then pop one end off and the spool falls into my hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    That is true but fairly uncommon. The scratching on the exit slot is often mentioned however, the film has already passed through the slot twice in the camera and possibly once in production (not quite sure how they are loaded despite an Ilford tour last year!).

    I don't think I have ever had scratches caused this way.


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    Your camera is moving the film in a very precise way, pulling it out yourself can potentially crease or damage the film.

    I too just rip the cannister open with my thumb when I can't find my 1980s London flat metal key ring film opening thing.

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    DIGITAL IS FOR THOSE AFRAID OF THE DARK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwyoung View Post
    Stubborn factory loads get a pry with a gizmo I got once for free at a paint store. Bottle opener on one end and a miniature pry bar on the other. I guess they wanted me to paint with a beer buzz (to sell more paint maybe). But it works great on stubborn 35mm rolls.
    Wow, I got a kick out of this because I use the same tool. My darkroom is in the basement and I have a workbench on the other side of one wall. I needed an opener one day and this paint can opener/bottle opener was hanging on a peg above the workbench and was the closest one. Now when I open a paint can I have to retrieve it from the darkroom!
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    I can open reloads by hand, and I use scissors[opened, and use the edge to pry it off] for the factory rolled.
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    In the "good ol' days" before they crimped them semi-permanently I would hold the cartridge in the fingers and bang the long end of the spool on the table, popping the end off. Nowadays, I use a pair of heavy diagonal cutters, grab the rim (of end without spool extension) on one side with the cutting edges, and with a twist, roll the end cap off. (You won't reload it after that however.) Initially, the electrician-sized dikes were the first tool I stumbled across in the workshop that looked like it could work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwyoung View Post
    Stubborn factory loads get a pry with a gizmo I got once for free at a paint store. Bottle opener on one end and a miniature pry bar on the other. I guess they wanted me to paint with a beer buzz (to sell more paint maybe).
    If the "gizmo" is what I think it is, the "bottle opener" end is actually intended to be used to close the paint can, rather than using a hammer.

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