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Offline Nathaniel N2

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Identifying a tool for coin cleaning
« on: December 16, 2022, 04:50:37 pm »
I came across a YouTube channel showing cleaning of early imperial bronze coins and the cleaner was using this scalpel more than anything else. His coins turned out magnificently in each case. It looks like it would address some issues I have had with cleaning coins. I am wondering if someone can identify what it is called. If it is available in this shop please point me to it, and if it isn't but there is no rule against it, please point me to a source where I could get some to try my hand.

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Re: Identifying a tool for coin cleaning
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2022, 09:45:18 pm »
I'm interested in learning and sourcing that tool as well, it looks like something that would be very useful!

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Re: Identifying a tool for coin cleaning
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2022, 11:49:09 am »
I would try googling burin or metalworking burin.

But I would be very wary of using such a tool.  It appears to be not just removing dirt but cutting into the patina in a way that many would consider tooling.  I may be wrong on that but that is my first impression from the photo.

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Re: Identifying a tool for coin cleaning
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2023, 01:08:18 am »
It is a gouge blade on a scalpel handle. (used for podiatry) Probably No. 1 or 2  :)

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Re: Identifying a tool for coin cleaning
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2023, 03:57:47 am »
A similar effect gives a hypodermic needle (attached to a wooden handle).

But I would not use the scalpel or the hypodermic needles with the tip pointing down (like on the photo), but flat. Otherwise, you will quickly be tooling.






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Re: Identifying a tool for coin cleaning
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2023, 12:25:28 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8uxTw-h5EQ

This is the video I saw it used in. Perhaps you can judge if you think it is tooling or not.

 

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