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Cam Kuzik




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PostPosted: Tue 08 Nov, 2016 11:39 pm    Post subject: Bent spearhead...         Reply with quote

Hello, everyone, I'm Cam. I figured I'd join the forum after lurking off and on over the last few years. It seems like a nice place to learn and share information regarding topics I'm sure most of us have common interest in.

That said, I guess I'll get straight to it.

I have a problem regarding a spearhead. Whilst testing a Baltimore Knife and Sword spearhead, I managed to bend it. I have experience in fixing blades, but bends I've never really tried much on. Especially high end pieces like this. Unfortunately I can't attach the image, but the bend is minor - 25 degrees, approximately, and maybe an inch from the tip. I don't want to wreck the temper or anything, if possible. I'd even be willing to cut it off and refile, or something of that nature. If anyone here has experience with these sorts of things, I would appreciate any kind of input.


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Cam Kuzik




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PostPosted: Tue 08 Nov, 2016 11:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

By the way, apparently it has been forged in the traditional manner.
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Mark Moore




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PostPosted: Wed 09 Nov, 2016 4:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If you bought that spear head new from BKS, it should be under warrantee for life. However, you said you were 'testing' it....depending on what you were doing with it, the warrantee may or may not still be valid. Contact BKS, or Matthew Stagmer....I believe he is a member here. Best I can tell you........McM
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Cam Kuzik




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PostPosted: Wed 09 Nov, 2016 1:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Mark Moore wrote:
If you bought that spear head new from BKS, it should be under warrantee for life. However, you said you were 'testing' it....depending on what you were doing with it, the warrantee may or may not still be valid. Contact BKS, or Matthew Stagmer....I believe he is a member here. Best I can tell you........McM


Thank you for the advice.

It's new, but I bought it from one of their distributors, not direct. I'm not concerned about replacing it or taking advantage of a warranty, as it wouldn't trouble me to simply purchase a new one. I'd like to learn how I could possibly fix it, seeing as I plan to start working iron and steel anyways.


CK
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Leo Todeschini
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PostPosted: Wed 09 Nov, 2016 3:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

HI Cam,

It sounds like it may have been tempered a little soft, but a spear does need to be tough so maybe it was deliberately so.

Either way it will likely bend back without too much trouble. To help keep the stresses down, simply heat it up with a blow torch carefully until it gets to a yellow colour which will be around 400-450 Fahrenheit or 200-230 centigrade or a bit darker which will be a bit hotter and at this temperature it won't mess with the temper.

Whilst it is hot, put it in a vice and bend it straight; work quickly and reheat if required.

It should bend back fine I would think.

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PostPosted: Wed 09 Nov, 2016 4:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yep....If Leo says it, you can bank on it. Hope it turns out alright. Happy ...........McM
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Cam Kuzik




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PostPosted: Fri 11 Nov, 2016 5:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you, both. I appreciate the help. I'll have a go with the blow torch.

CK
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James Arlen Gillaspie
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PostPosted: Sat 12 Nov, 2016 6:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Keep a spray bottle handy, just in case you go a little too far!
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Jeffrey Faulk




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PostPosted: Sat 12 Nov, 2016 11:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You could contact BKS anyway; I believe they'll stand by their product even if they didn't sell it directly.
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