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    Cassette Opener

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    Frankly, I just use an old church key (bottle/can opener).

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    I haven't used either of those, but an ordinary bottle opener works fine, and you probably already have one in your kitchen drawer.....if not, pick one up for $0.25 at the next yard sale you pass.
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    Wow, both of those seem like a lot of work for a simple process.

    Re-loads and most factory loads I can open just by holding the cartridge near where the spool sticks out and pressing down on the spool with my thumb. Factory loads need more pressure but more than 50% of the time I can get them to pop.

    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.
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    I never bother opening the cartridges. Just wind the film back and leave a leader out (or use an Ilford leader retriever).
    Load the reel from the cartridge and tear off at the end.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    I never bother opening the cartridges. Just wind the film back and leave a leader out (or use an Ilford leader retriever).
    Load the reel from the cartridge and tear off at the end.


    Steve.
    Good advice all, thanks. I thought about the leader retriever too since it has other uses.

    For now the church key sounds good.

    Enjoy the fireworks tonight.
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    With really stubborn cartridges, I hold the cartridge in my fist with the spool end sticking out, and slam it hard on the desk, floor, wall or whatever. Any hard flat surface will do. This always makes the end pop off.
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    Good day all

    I have an old Nikor cassette opener I got when I got some reals on eBay, it looks like the first generation of the Kaiser. It works really well, I use to use the bottle opener, but when I got the Nikor I tried it and have never looked back it works well. I have never had a stubborn cassette!!!

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    I make my own leader retrievers. Just cut a strip of thin plastic but fairly stiff plastic about 15mm wide ans about 80 mm long then stick a strip of double sided adhesive tape down the middle.
    To use remove the backing from the double sided tape and with the tape down push into the cassette while turning the spool as though winding the film into the cassette.

    The back of the leader will stick to the tape and can now be pulled out with ease.

    The thin plastic I used was black, I would not use clear as it could act as a light guide and cause fogging.
    You may be able to use thin card rather than plastic, not tried it but should work.

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    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.

    Many ways to skin this cat!
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