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Old 11-02-2017, 10:46 AM
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Be careful doing things cold! You don't know what kind of steel he used or how he hardened it, so you might crack em!

Whenever I adjust antique tools, especially if they were hand forged, I use heat. Brazing torch, and hammer down over an open vise or swage block to bend it - using a wood hammer if I don't wanna put hammer marks. Depending on if I'm adjusting a handle or a shear blade, I re-quench and re-temper, or just leave it alone. It's a judgement call if that part needs to be hard or soft.

Remember, shear blades are slightly curved and should meet strongly at the tips. Most diamonds are flat and hollow ground so they meet in the middle.

Get in touch with Jim if you want more advice, he's a great guy!
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