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    Re: How to custom-bend forceps?

    there's a really easy way to do this that involves a sledgehammer, liquid nitrogen, jellied gasoline and a bag of fertilizer. Beetle is going to publish an illustrated how-to in his magazine.

    If you don't have the time for all that (in other words, if you don't want to do it right), then you can always use epoxy to glue the foreceps to a large object, for example a boulder or your neighbor's car, and repurpose a small engine to generate the necessary torque. The rest is child's play.


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    Re: How to custom-bend forceps?

    Do you think he gets it yet?

    "I'm not out on the river to win." -Kieth Rutherford

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    Re: How to custom-bend forceps?

    FIN-ITE 34, lightenup:
    You guys got the terminology wrong...
    Tempering makes a metal harder, but more brittle.
    If you want to make a metal more "workable", you want to remove the temper, by annealing.

    Both processes involve heating the metal.
    In annealing you cool it slowly, possibly in air, or in a slowly cooling oven.
    In tempering you cool it quickly usually by quenching in water or oil.

    Cold forging is another hardening method, involving work hardening, that's why the sides of the bend on a forged hook may appear to be flattened.

    IF ... screwing up another set of forceps is acceptable, and you want to fool around.....
    You might be able to bend the forceps by heating till it's cherry red, bending while hot, and then try to get the temper back by quenching in water.
    Since you don't know the alloy, or how it was treated to begin with, you may not like the results.
    If it's chrome plated, you'll probably mess up the chrome.

    IMHO: Buy some curved forceps.


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    Re: How to custom-bend forceps?

    Pete, you are waaaayyy to smart to be posting here......thanks for the info!!!!

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    Re: How to custom-bend forceps?

    I was striving for a right angle bend which doesn't appear to be available commercially. Thanks Pete, I appreciate your input.


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    Re: How to custom-bend forceps?

    Skylarcorp.com/catalogsearch. you will see exactly what you want


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    Re: How to custom-bend forceps?

    I was having trouble posting here yesterday, so Doubletaper beat me to it....

    If you don't like what's being offered in the tackle shops, go to a medical supply house, where they may be called "Hemostats".
    They come in all shapes and sizes, including right angle.

    You may even save some $.
    When something is sold as "sporting goods", instead of as a tool, the price goes up.


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    Re: How to custom-bend forceps?

    There will be every type of bent angle hemostats at the Fly Fishing Show in a month for a few bucks. I use curved hemostats myself and prefer them greatly over the straight ones.

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    Re: How to custom-bend forceps?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Spinner View Post
    There will be every type of bent angle hemostats at the Fly Fishing Show in a month for a few bucks. I use curved hemostats myself and prefer them greatly over the straight ones.
    Yeah rusty, but those are a left over roach clip from the 70's.....

    "I'm not out on the river to win." -Kieth Rutherford

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