How can I take a small bend out of the tip of my saw?

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    John Phillips
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    Hi everyone! I bought a really cool little panel saw today. It has a slight bend at the tip but I do not see any kinks. How would one straighten this up? I’ve included two pics of the saw. One to show the kind of saw. The other showing the bend. Hopefully you can see what I’m talking about. Thanks!!!

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    James Robnett
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    Take the following with a grain of salt, I’ve only tweaked one or two saws.

    There’s a nice article here: http://www.norsewoodsmith.com/content/diagnosing-common-issues-hand-saws on restoring saws. One general good rule of thumb is ‘resist the urge to whack it with a hammer’. For kinks you might have to resort to that but it’s dicey and he has a good example of how bad that can be if you use the wrong type of hammer. I’ve never dealt with a king but I believe the warnings that you’re apt to do more harm than good.

    Luckily yours is just a bend, and for that kind of bend his method (similar to what Paul does in his backsaw video) is to reverse the bend in a vise. Clamp just above the bend, bend in reverse, advance, repeat to just past the bend. Gently and slowly to sneak up on it.

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