Except that heating it will anneal it, making it soft and wimpy. If you
do this, you might want to consider re-hardening and tempering it (not
easy, as you have to heat the entire tine red-hot and quench it, then
re-heat it to a lower temperature).
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conversation with the average voter.
Asking is how you learn, Grasshopper.
You bent it cold, straighten it cold. Put a piece of small diameter pipe
over it and use that to straighten it. If you heat it, you will change the
properties of that heated area, making it very susceptible to bend there
again. If you did use heat to bend it and straighten it, to treat it
uniformly after that, you would bake it at 500 degrees for about an hour,
and slowly cool. Either that, or quickly quench it while hot by dumping in
water or oil. This would depend on the properties you want it to have.
They are already there, and cold straightening will lose the least of these
properties. Hot straightening will lose the most. Knives are heated to a
certain color, then dumped into oil, resulting in a blade that doesn't bend
replying to SteveB, Starlett H wrote:
Awesome! I am just a new home owner who knows how to google enough to be
dangerous. This worked perfectly, and I can stop moaning about the previous
homeowner leaving scrap pipe around!
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