The Spanish silver peso was a very common coin consisting of "fine quality silver, assayed at .931 or .916," according to CoinWeek. Under some circumstances one peso coins, worth eight reales, would be cut into slivers to separate those reales from each other. While some sources downplay the coin cutting, saying it's held to have been more common than it truly was, it clearly happened.
How did people cut the coins? Did this require going to a blacksmith, or were they soft enough to snip or chop up with household tools?