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    Hello all,
    I just bought tins of Dunhill My Mixture 965 and Standard Mixture. I'm not completely enthralled with the aromatics that I've tried and wonder which of these I should try first.
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    How do you open these things? The lids are on tighter than a June brides...well...you get the idea.
    Cordially
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    Flat head screw driver, insert and twist.

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    Usually, I just get a dime or my old trusty Swiss Army Knife screwdriver and put it between the top of the lid and the tin and twist.

    Sometimes in the old days, the tins had small indentions in the lip or top so you could open with a dime or some other coin.

    Again, I use my Swiss Army Knife.


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    Thanks guys. Twisting wasn't working.
    How long can I expect a tin to remain fresh after opening? I only smoke a couple of bowls each week.

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    +1 Flathead swiss army screwdriver is perfect for "shicking" open the seal!

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    I slip my index finger nail under the lip and lift until I hear the hiss of air. Then I simply lift the lid up. You just need to break the vacuum.

    I go through a tin in a day or two so I've never given much thought to resealing.

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    Short term, you could place a piece of cling wrap over the open tin and then put the lid back on that.

    Longer term, you could put it in a Mason jar.

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    Throw it at the ground as hard as you can. It should pop. At least thats what I wanted to do as I was having trouble opening a tin as well the other day.

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    Thanks, I have a few of these tins and have never popped one either. If you only smoke a few bowls a week transfer it to a mason jar.

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    tbradsim1 said:
    Flat head screw driver, insert and twist.

    Yep, that's the way ... but, there ARE some tins for which a rather broad-blade is needed at which times, I've been known to use a wood chisel to do the twisting and break the vacuum ...

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    These metal tins (Dunhill, Brigham, Fribourg & Treyer, Samuel Gawith, Gawith & Hoggarth, McConnels, Orlik, Erinmore, etc) are almost all fitted with a few indentations that are meant to be...errh.. inserted by a COIN and then, just twist the coin up. You might have to repeat this on another indented spot and then, usually, it works.

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    I forgot to mention, if I can't open it I throw it on the floor and sic PMon on it, never seen anything that dog couldn't open.

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    Stick anything vaguely flat and less than an inch long in it and twist. The vacuum isn't strong, I mean really, it's even easier than opening a can of beans.

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    I've used a coin before. But, I'm not kidding, the fingernail is always handy and you only need to break the vacuum. Chisels? Screwdrivers? Palm on the top, slip your fingernail under the lid below the indentation, a little down pressure with the palm while pulling a bit at the lid and "whoosh." Works on small and large tins, round, square and rectangle.

    Learned this years ago when I didn't have a coin.

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    I'll stick with a screwdriver. Fingernail? That wouldn't work for me, I cut my nails

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    I belong to the screwdriver school. Very easy.

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    Quarter, nickel, 1mm+ guitar pick, whatever's flat and stiff. If it's that hard to open, it's sealed and the leaf is aging which is a good thing...

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    Thanks again for the advice.
    Now...which one would you recommend trying for a first time non aromatic bowl full?

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    Definitely the MM965, just make sure it's not too wet or it will taste bad, you may have to take out a bowl and let it dry for about 30 minutes first. Anything too wet smokes like crap and tastes the same.

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    On the Czech pipe tool, the spade works great, the pad on the tamper would give pretty gnarly leverage I suppose.

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    Rub it on a bit of concrete till you wear a hole in the tin. Take my word on it, smashing it with a hammer should be the last resort

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    the fingernail is always handy and you only need to break the vacuum

    +1 Warren ... it's all about constant, steady and increasing pressure. (like many things ...)

    That wouldn't work for me, I cut my nails

    I cut my nails very short ... which actually makes them stronger for this purpose.

    However, it's not always easy and I can see where some would rather grab an instrument of destruction!

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    I use the rim of a .44 magnum shell casing, coins, or a pocket knife. As for storage, as soon as I pop a tin, it goes straight into a Mason jar.

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    I found a marling spike worked quite well when they used to sell tinned baccy in the UK. Smash the spike into the lip, whoosh goes the vacuum, off came the lid and you just tipped the contents into your tobacco pouch and chucked the tin away. Tins ruin the line of your suit anyway!

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    I use the screwdriver on my Leatherman Skeletool. Always in my pocket for whatever. As far as storage.. I transfer all of my opened tins to mason jars. Even if I am going to go through it in a few days I like them for convenience anyway. Keeps the tobacco fresh and as moist as the blender sent it to you. Unopened tins I typically leave in the tin unless it looks a bit compromised. Then its packed away in a plastic container (still in the tin) for safekeeping.

    And as for which to try first. +1 to the MM965. You might also like/want to try Frog Morton blends for a nice transition from aromatics to english blends. They are a solid mild english that wont overwhelm.

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    Tape a 2 foot length of string to the tin, anywhere. Hang from nearest tree limb, dangling at least 2 feet from the ground. Take care to make sure the ground underneath the limb is dry, as you don't want your baccy to become damp. Pace off about 15 - 20 feet. Raise 12 guage shotgun, loaded with 3 1/2 magnums. Point in general direction of tin and slowly squeeze trigger. Make sure the butt of the shotgun is tight against your shoulder. Reload and repeat as necessary. Now you have it, smoking at it's finest.

    If at first you don't succeed, have another bowl.
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    But use bismuth or steel shot - don't want to risk smoking any residual lead.

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    I usually use a coin. I think I've used a screwdriver once. Can someone give a quick explanation as to why
    the vacuum seal keeps the lid from unscrewing? As soon as you get the psssssttttt of the vacuum seal
    breaking, the lid twists off with just a good twist. Before that, it is too tight to turn, unless you have
    extremely strong hands. I admit, I often leave the tobacco in the tin, unless I expect to leave it for a
    long time. The tobacco does dry out, but not so it loses flavor.

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    Tape a 2 foot length of string to the tin, anywhere. Hang from nearest tree limb, dangling at least 2 feet from the ground. Take care to make sure the ground underneath the limb is dry, as you don't want your baccy to become damp. Pace off about 15 - 20 feet. Raise 12 guage shotgun, loaded with 3 1/2 magnums. Point in general direction of tin and slowly squeeze trigger. Make sure the butt of the shotgun is tight against your shoulder. Reload and repeat as necessary. Now you have it, smoking at it's finest.

    At first I thought you were joking but as I considered your advice a bit longer, it made all the sense in the world.

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    I personally wear a Dunhill Tin Opening Overalls and use an antique halberd to crack the tin.

    (DTOO's are very similar to their Aviators Overalls:)

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    For the (almost all) Americans on here, the price shown for the hilarious overalls is 42 old shillings. For reasons I won't go into, pre-decimalisation (1972/3) currency in the UK was based on 12 pennies to a shilling and 20 shillings to a Pound. A Pound and a shilling was called a Guinea, so the price for this wonderful, camel hair lined beauty was two Guineas. That's £2.10 in the new currency which we've used since then. Using the time-honoured Mars Bar rate of exchange for comparison with today's prices (I lived through decimalisation so worked in old money and remember the price conversion), the current price of that suit would be £50.40. Not bad at all for something that required you to kill a dromedary for the inner! Oh the good old days!

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    Great pic there, Jarit.

    But to open a pouch of Clan you would be better off in a full HazMat suit.

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    Czech pipe tool spoon/scraper, CountyComm Micro Widgy prybar, or the flathead screwdriver of a Leatherman SuperTool 300 or Wave.

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    I put the tin between my buttocks and jump off a second-story balcony. Works every time.

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    I use the tamper end of my Czech tool. Insert under the lid at the dimples in the tin and a slight twist breaks the vacuum and then twist of the lid if a round or prise of if a square.

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    I've used the spoon on my Czech tool for years.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    I usually use a chainsaw, might get messy.

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    A stick of dynamite works pretty well. It's also the best tin baking method I've found.

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    A stick of dynamite works pretty well. It's also the best tin baking method I've found.

    Pipestud, you have to be kidding, that's not even realistic. My chainsaw method is the best.

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    I drive over it. Has the bonus of turning it into a crumble cake.

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    My wife bites them off for me!

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    Pipestud, you have to be kidding, that's not even realistic. My chainsaw method is the best. - jvnshr

    I don't disagree with you, jvnshr. Your method does sound like a dandy. But, last time I tried the chainsaw trick I accidentally lopped off my head.

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    I don't disagree with you, jvnshr. Your method does sound like a dandy. But, last time I tried the chainsaw trick I accidentally lopped off my head.

    I know, I did the same thing. Fortunately, I don't need my head to smoke a pipe.

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    I put the tin between my buttocks and jump off a second-story balcony. Works every time.

    So this is why you love Royal Yacht so much; it isn't the tobacco but the delivery system!

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    I offer a five day course on how to open a tin for the reasonable sum of $5,000.

    Each student will get one of my patented tin openers (a $25 value; photo below) and will be eligible for a 5% discount on my future course offerings, including the much-vaunted The Joys of Tamping and the always over-subscribed Pipe Cleaners: What Are They For?

    PM me for an enrollment form.

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    Do you do group discounts? A lot of people have said they'd leave the country if either candidate—or any remaining candidates I should say—are elected to the Presidency of the USA.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    I will do a 10% discount for any forum members with over 2729 posts as of this very moment.

    I should also mention that the course will be held in my barn. So you must be used to the smell of manure.

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    Read Pecks Fine Print when you join, you may sign all your pipes and tobbaco over.

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    @jpm- The last thing the Canadians probably want is a bunch of dumbasses who have screwed up their own country!

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    Too right, Mr. Caker! And when it comes to money, be it Loonies or real money, I want Peck on my side, not the other.....

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    Let's face it, Canada and Puerto Rico are the same 51st state...

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    Had to post this, sorry:

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    That's actually an older map jvnshr. Unfortunately the avg IQ here has dropped even more since then. This one is more current:

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    I use a bottle opener.

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    If, as a mean stunt, you cleverly spot welded a tin shut and sent it to a Forums member, he or she would be smoking the blend soon after receiving it. That's how you know Forums members from other people. Some would have noticed the problem, others would have simply worked their way into the tobacco and wouldn't know anything different had happened. A few of them would post questions. The members receiving spot welded Royal Yacht tins would have them smoked first.

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    That's actually an older map jvnshr. Unfortunately the avg IQ here has dropped even more since then. This one is more current:

    I am just waiting for the elections.

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