Multiple bends in the tang for french grip epees.

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  1. Philix

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    Hi everyone! I'm thinking about building/putting together an epee with a "orthopedic" french grip from Harut that has a bend in the grip. I'm pretty sure I'll have to cant the blade but also bend the tang in the middle or something. Any tips for bending the tang in the middle? Thanks!
     
  2. K O'N

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    Most people use a crescent wrench. Most people are wrong. Drill a 3/8" or so hole in a 2' long 2"x2" to make a bending stick:



    That's to install one of my grips, but the process is the same for any bent grip. Match the bend and slide the grip on.
     
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  3. dcchew

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    I use the Harut Grand Prix grips on my epees. My recommendation is take your time and use a bench vise. Follow the instructions that Harut provides online. The advice K O'N suggested are good ones.

    Just be careful about getting the grip rotated onto the tang. It's really easy to make this mistake the first time.

    I think there's about 4 bends that you'll need to do to get the grip on. Another recommendation is to chamfer the edges of the tang beforehand.
     
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    Do not adjust the bend with the grip on...it will break inside.
    And definitely chamfer the end so the threads don’t catch inside the grip.
    Then slide the grip on. If it jams up, take it off and adjust the bend.
    ... I confess, I find a crescent wrench completely acceptable.
     

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