Can Tungsten Rings Be Cut off In Case of Emergency?


While tungsten rings cannot be cut off, they can be safely removed in case of an emergency. The most common method of removing tungsten rings from your finger is by using a pair of vice grips. The vice grips apply enough pressure that the tungsten ring fractures safely.

A full video tutorial on the proper removal of tungsten rings can be found here.  Tungsten Carbide rings are made of the hardest metal on earth. This is what gives it its scratch resistance. This scratch resistance also means these rings resist cutting tools. Many people worry that in case of an emergency, "Can tungsten rings be cut off?"

Any ring can be be removed in an emergency. It does not matter what metal the ring is made of. Most rings will have to be cut off, but extremely hard materials like tungsten carbide and ceramic rings will need to be "cracked off" rather than cut off. This might sound scarier than cutting off a ring, but it is actually faster and easier to do than cutting off a ring.

Incorrect way to break off a tungsten carbide ring from your finger using a vice grip wrench


To remove your ring, you will need a vice grip wrench or any kind of locking pliers. Most emergency personnel have this common tool, as well as your local hospital emergency rooms. You can call your local hospital to check ahead of time, and ask if they have a vice grip wrench or locking pliers that can crack a tungsten ring off because they cannot be cut off.

Correct way to break off a tungsten carbide ring from your finger using a vice grip wrench


Once you have a vice grip wrench, simply close the wrench and adjust the jaw of the wrench until it clamps down on the outside of the tungsten ring. Next, release the vice grip and turn the screw in the handle a half turn to tighten the vice grip just a tiny amount. Then clamp down on the outside of the ring again. This time the vice grip will apply more pressure because it is tighter. If it does not crack, then release the vice grip wrench and tighten the screw another half turn. Then try clamping down the outside of the ring once again. Keep repeating this step and until the ring cracks.

Demonstrating how to break off a tungsten carbide ring from your finger using a vice grip wrench


Once cracked we advise people not to slide the ring up and down their finger. If your tungsten carbide ring has a precious metal inlay then the inlay portion of the band may be cut away. This entire removal process should take about 30 seconds to complete. Please make sure you get at least some of the large pieces of the ring back, so you can send them back in to get your ring replaced by using the manufacturer's lifetime warranty.