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07 Feb 2017
Seems like I'm always getting calls from folks asking "How can I crack a geode open without breaking it into small pieces?" Well, there are a variety of the way, good quality and some not too good. Here, I'll outline four of the most common ways. [By the way, it's a good idea to make use of safety goggles whenever you start banging away at a rock.]

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1) Diamond Saw - Should you be fortunate enough to have a large diamond saw, or know someone that owns one, you can saw the geodes in two. This works best when there is cigerettes to carry the specimen. You can cut the geode open and end up getting two halves having a smooth face on each. (But not everyone has diamond jewelry saw....)

2) Another way of...