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Old 12-03-2014, 05:30 PM
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can you straighten RWL 34, it's the tapered handle after ht
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Old 13-03-2014, 10:41 AM
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I couldn't tell you Mike,can't who ever heat treated it for you tell you ?

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You might be able to correct a little by grinding the taper tang thinner and if you have any meat left to grind on the blade you might get a little there too.

I think this is a common problem with taper tangs and they are often ground after HT

If you do your own HT there is a short window after quenching where the steel can be straightened without snapping. No use to you now I know.

Stu Mitchell did straighten a blade by peening one side with a carbide tipped hammer, I think there is a thread about it somewhere. In theory it stretches the steel where you hit it so the steel bends away from the side you are hammering.

I did try this (with a masonry chisel), it took ages and it did straighten the blade BUT when I ground out the hammer marks it went back to its original shape. With a fixed blade you might be able to hammer on the handle end so it doesnt show.

Otherwise, I dont think there is much you can do.

I would e-mail Stu, he is usually very helpful.
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Old 14-03-2014, 05:19 PM
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You might be able to correct a little by grinding the taper tang thinner and if you have any meat left to grind on the blade you might get a little there too.

I think this is a common problem with taper tangs and they are often ground after HT

If you do your own HT there is a short window after quenching where the steel can be straightened without snapping. No use to you now I know.

Stu Mitchell did straighten a blade by peening one side with a carbide tipped hammer, I think there is a thread about it somewhere. In theory it stretches the steel where you hit it so the steel bends away from the side you are hammering.

I did try this (with a masonry chisel), it took ages and it did straighten the blade BUT when I ground out the hammer marks it went back to its original shape. With a fixed blade you might be able to hammer on the handle end so it doesnt show.

Otherwise, I dont think there is much you can do.

I would e-mail Stu, he is usually very helpful.
Cheers Mike I think I'll give it a little grind because it's not much out
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