I recommend getting one of these. It's precise and easy, and best of all cheap. I've tried two or three different types of pin punch methods, and this thing is better than anything I’ve seen. Someone here showed it [before me], but I wish I could remember who to give credit. You just line the pin up, then twist that knob (which slowly pushes the pin out as you twist). It’s freaking genius. I’d [recommend] still watching [out] for stress marks. SE Watch Link Remover with 5 Pins:Amazon:Home Improvement I've got this one, similar but with a few extras.