Posted by Ken Dunckel Safecracker Boxman on February 15, 2008 at 05:32:09:
In Reply to: Old York Jewelry Safe
There are various ways to open safes of all descriptions.
Some don't involve damage, some do.
The least costly in terms of dollars are the do it yourself methods, which usually involve a large effort on the part of the do it yourselfer, and usually gross damage to the point of more expensive repairs or even an unrepairable safe.
You need to make a decision that factors value of contents, value (to you) of owning a usable good quality safe that can be used and relied upon in the future and the cost of having the job done by someone who (presumably) knows how to do it. Also how you value your own time and effort.
Also factor this: If you do it yourself and finish with an unusable/unrepairable safe, it will either sit where it is and take up otherwise usable space or you will need to pay someone to haul away and dispose of it.
As long as you have a grasp of all the aspects, whatever you choose will be right for you.