I recently bought a dagor because I got a really good price on it. The reason I got a really good price on it, is because the flange is cemented to the front of the lens where the lens hood should be.

My questions are:

1) Why did somebody do this. For projection? It doesn't seem to cover more than when facing correctly. It only seems to have more exagerated distortion on the edges.

2) How do I get this darn thing off?