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You might as well use your teeth!
But I would never use one on normal bricks. Separators are so cheap and so versatile, I have yet to get a combination that can't be overcome with two brick separators, a lot of patience and a bit of force. Of course, there are a few exceptions, like smooth 1x1 round bits on top of another 1x1 etc where even as an adult I have occasionally resorted to teeth in my frustration.
Seriously though, I don't think I could use a metal edge to separate LEGO as is be too scared of slippage and damage.
I never use an army knife or anything else made of metal to separate bricks, cause I like to keep my bricks pristine. If you don't have a BS just use a variety of other Lego elements which do the same job. Though I have lots of orange BS's so I no longer need to use other bricks for the most part, unless the BS's really don't do the job, but generally they are very handy. I always keep two at hand when I am building, or disassembling.
Isn't that from the Ultra Agents 'Blade Runner' cop car set?! #70162
I used to use my teeth as a child without a brick separator, and after many damaged pieces and toothaches I have learned that a brick separator is always the only answer.
And if you want things to line up, don't put them together and then straighten them, but put them together lined-up. It sounds simple enough to be silly, but it actually seems even simpler - just slide the parts together along a flat surface. There's an awful lot of 1 x 1 plates to line-up in the Taj Mahal - and they're transparent, so tighter polycarbonate.
That random piece you trod on the other morning? Separators did that...
Also, it would explain why ALL of my Iron Man legs were cracked after having the 1x1 round brick in there.
I just checked my three Iron man figs, and all of them at both legs have cracked heels too from those cylindrical transparent light blue bricks. Well that sucks!
I just checked the legs on my iron man figs, fortunately those were still intact (so i plucked the trans-pieces out whilst they're in storage)... BUT i did notice my alien foot soldier from #6869 Quinjet DOES have a split heel, just from being stood on his sky-sled thing (which isn't a trans-piece underfoot). If i'd been popping him on and off every day since i built it, i could understand some wear and tear, but he's been untouched the whole time.
This is a most disappointing turn of events, considering I have some heavily played with figs from the late 80's and early 90's, which had been left stood on a pirate ship in a window throughout a dark age of more than a decade, yet they are all in perfect condition still today. No split heels to be found anywhere.
So why a fig from a 2012 set, untouched since i built it, should have split heels merely from being stood on a regular lego piece (no time at all compared to my 80's figs), I can only assume is another modern abs/moulding issue.
I did notice while inspecting the iron men, alien foot soldiers, and ultron figs, that they all appear to have clearly discernible lines up the rear, (like a vein in marble), where i assume the mould has a weak join, and thus is likely to crack along should the plastic contract or dry out at any point.
If this is a factor for modern figs, it spells a potential disaster for all those licensed figs and CMFs displayed on studs/minifig stands for any length of time... hmm, i might have to rethink displaying my CMF figs on studs.