Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Exodus_gear, Nov 26, 2020.
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What mehod(s) did you use?
I tend to use a combination of things, Ill do a soak in distilled water for a few hours then start with Bamboo generally. After that ill do quick soaks and start using orthodontic tools as well as random tools Ive made for myself ranging from safety pin tips to tacks hahaha. From there it is just a matter of being delicate and patient.
If you are going to use metal tools, you might consider going to a hobby shop and buying a few thin brass rods and then filing the ends down into points and/or blades. Brass is softer than the steel used in orthodontic tools, so it is less likely to scratch the surface of the coin if you make a mistake.
Yes, brass is softer than steel. However, it can still damage coins, it often leaves annoying brassy streaks and its softness can make it difficult to use.
I have actually found that steel tools kept as sharp as possible offer the best results. Yes, they can scratch but they allow you to use techniques that mostly avoid scratching.
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