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    Hi, I recently bought some 6'' nails and have been trying to bend one. I don't know anything about bending stuff, but I wrap the thing with a bit of cloth for cushioning, and use common sense, like I would with lifting a heavy weight. My question is, when I try it, I feel like I could create enough force with my body, but my hands hurt a lot, and even with the cushions, it feels like I'm going to injure them (like stop the bloodflow etc), is that something you just have to get used to? The reason I ask, is because I can't imagine how your hands would grow THAT tougher, I can feel the nail digging into my hand, but if I know that its meant to hurt, and you can't really do anything about it, I think I could keep pushing. Just don't wanna cause unnecessary injury, so thought I would ask. Thanks in advance

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    Bending iron is insane strength! Remember, like other strength training you have to build up to it and allow your body and mind to adapt. I have not bent any nails or frying pans ( no expert here) but perhaps you should start on something easier. Experts chime in. Your pain tolerance is low. That needs to also adapt along with mental toughness and physical strength. Look up Dennis Rogers on youtube. He bends crescent wrenches in half. Learning to overcome pain thresholds - BUT knowing exactly where the line is where actual injury will occur a skill in itself. Try wearing thick gloves along with the towel wrap. Give your mind, body and CNS time to recover. Give it time and don't rush things. Train smart and if in doubt about proceeding back off. Your hands will toughen up to the job...Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by ad5ly View Post
    Bending iron is insane strength! Remember, like other strength training you have to build up to it and allow your body and mind to adapt. I have not bent any nails or frying pans ( no expert here) but perhaps you should start on something easier. Experts chime in. Your pain tolerance is low. That needs to also adapt along with mental toughness and physical strength. Look up Dennis Rogers on youtube. He bends crescent wrenches in half. Learning to overcome pain thresholds - BUT knowing exactly where the line is where actual injury will occur a skill in itself. Try wearing thick gloves along with the towel wrap. Give your mind, body and CNS time to recover. Give it time and don't rush things. Train smart and if in doubt about proceeding back off. Your hands will toughen up to the job...Dennis
    Thanks for the reply Dennis, I thought that nails would be the easiest starting point as far as bending iron goes, I'll try it with some more cushioning, from what I've seen people doing, I don't think I've been using enough to really protect the hands, I'll definitely keep trying, and like you said take it nice and slow, its a funny feeling, when you feel like you should be able to do something, but in reality it won't work, guess that's normal though, I think I probably underestimated the task as well, a nail doesn't look that tough until I try to bend it haha, appreciate the feedback

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelT View Post
    Thanks for the reply Dennis, I thought that nails would be the easiest starting point as far as bending iron goes, I'll try it with some more cushioning, from what I've seen people doing, I don't think I've been using enough to really protect the hands, I'll definitely keep trying, and like you said take it nice and slow, its a funny feeling, when you feel like you should be able to do something, but in reality it won't work, guess that's normal though, I think I probably underestimated the task as well, a nail doesn't look that tough until I try to bend it haha, appreciate the feedback
    I haven't posted on this board in a long time, but I saw this and just had to respond.

    A few points:
    1. If you don't know what you're doing, bending can be VERY dangerous. So I highly recommend you find a local bender to show you the ropes, or review some of the FAQ's, etc. for new benders on the gripboard.com or at steelbenders.org.
    2. Do NOT use any old cloth. This combined with 60D nails can be a recipe for an injury, if the cloth ruptures/fails. Invest in some ironmind pads, or in some leather pads.
    3. 60D nails from big box stores vary greatly. I have some that I can easily breeze through, and others I have yet to bend, and they are all from the same home depot, just bought at various times.
    4. I recommend starting with some hot rolled steel (1/4" x 7") bought from a big box store or from a local steel supply outlet. The key when starting out is to work on your form and flexibility and gradually build your strength. From there you can then start a progression into harder steel. Aaron C. has a great chart of rated steel at AZ Grip
    5. Lastly, study the 3 main methods of bending - reverse, double overhand, and double underhand. There are also other methods of course, but the main 3 is a good starting point. Jedd Johnson sells a great e-book at dieselcrew.com. It is worth the price, and Jedd is always willing to answer your questions.


    Bending is a lot of fun. There is nothing like getting that kink and finishing it off with a good crush on a big bolt or nail, but you can also do nerve & tendon damage if you're not careful. I wish you all of the fun, and none of the bad stuff.

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    Here's a video I did a little while back with info on getting started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LChristopher RKC View Post
    Here's a video I did a little while back with info on getting started.

    This was the video that got me started in nail bending, and I absolutely love it.
    There definitely is an element of pain to begin with, but I found my hands toughened up after 3/4 weeks and it wasn't so much of an issue.

    I started out with some 4" nails, but looking back they were too small. I then got some different lengths of steel, 4 & 5mm, cut them down to different lengths between 5" & 7", then moved onto some 8" 6mm steel and worked to down to the 6" nail.

    After listening to Logan's advice about over training, I only trained once or twice a week with some sledgehammer work in between. It took me just over 6 weeks to get the 6" nail
    6 Inch Nail Bend - YouTube

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    There really is a technique to nail bending and I learned the hard way. Do your hands a favor and google or search youtube for videos from people like Bud Jeffries. There is also certain types of wrap to use, not just any old cloth will do. I use leather wraps. Do some research, get your technique down, get good wraps and try again. It's actually quite fun. Let me know if you need anymore help. Yes, I am a chick, but I am a chick who bends steel.

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