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Tungsten rings can easily be removed in emergency situations. The method most effective does not include "cutting" it off. The only tool one will need is a standard pair of vice grip style locking pliers, and we will explain exactly how to remove a tungsten band if it will not slide off in the normal fashion. Do not attempt to use standard ring cutters.

Place the vice grip style locking pliers over the tungsten ring and adjust the jaws to clamp lightly. Release, and tighten one-third turn and then clamp again. Repeat until a crack is heard, and then continue clamping in different positions until the hard material breaks away. Take care not to slide or rotate the cracked ring on the finger. If the tungsten ring contains an inlay of gold, the exposed gold can then be cut or clipped in the usual fashion.

Usually medical situations in which this becomes a necessity include excessive weight gain and hand injuries. When we have seen wedding bands be removed in the past, it is almost always because they have bent out of round or been smashed, making it incredibly uncomfortable and painful for the person wearing the ring. Tungsten carbide wedding bands will never bend. In fact, if one were to drop something very heavy on it or slam it in the trunk of your car, it would break before it would bend, and simply fall off your finger. In this case, one would likely be safer wearing a tungsten ring than that made with precious metals.

Remember, the safest thing to do is simply to remove your tungsten band when lifting weights, rock climbing, or anything of the sort.

Please see our video evidence section for step by step instructions in video format, (yes we actually break a ring).