How to curve wooden stick blades

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  1. The Kingslayer

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    What do you use to curve your stick blades? I have tried a few things like the blow torch but my blade became brittle and broke after about 4 shots. Any help?
     
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    I don't think you can curve wood sticks.

    If you can't get a composite, get a rubber stick and bend it with your foot.
     
  3. I use my gas stove
     
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    http://www.procurve.ca/

    I have one and it works well.

    Just use a heat gun on the blade then set the radius, put the stick in the curver and let it set for a day or two.
     
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    Thought it was the other way around. I heard composite ones were a bugger to bend.

    I curved my wooden blade a little after I got it from eBay and wound up to be too flat. I used my stove, heated it nice a even, and bent it. But waiting for it to cool down sucked...I heard that contraption above works well. But the key is to not overheat which does cause the blade to snap.
     
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    You can't bend composites, you'll ruin the blade, in fact if you apply a direct heat source to the shaft you'll wreck that too.
     
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    The heck are you talking about?
     
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    Sounds like what we used to do in floor hockey in gym class... :biglaugh:
     
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    We used to put them over the stove or in the oven long enough to get them hot, then put them under a door or in a vice and gently bend them until they looked right. But it really does weaken the blade, so I'd advise against it unless you really can't find a blade in a pattern you like.

    You CAN bend composites, but it REALLY ruins the blade, so unless you are an NHL player getting them for free, I wouldn't bother. Just go back to the real deal: WOOD.
     
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    Leave it in a bucket of water for a few days and the blade will warp ;)
    Apparently that is the story how the stick originally got the curve, and I THINK it was Boom Boom Geffrion who actually first experimented with this and his wicked slapshot, though I could definately be wrong.
     
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    Heating the blade over an electric stove burner works like a charm. I have bent a ton of blades this way and haven't broken any of them or had them break as a direct result.

    Put nice even heat on both sides of the blade.

    Put the blade on the floor and step on the toe, then gently
    bend it to the desired curve. Don't go crazy trying to bend it
    or you'll snap it.

    Let the blade cool and check your work. If it needs a bit more,
    rinse and repeat. it's much easier to bend it slowly in a few
    small sessions than to try to get the bend in one shot.

    Good luck and happy bending!
     
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    Stan Mikitia was the first to use a curved blade. I was watching the Legends of Hockey and Bobby Hull was telling the story. Appreantly Stan had this stick that he hated so he was leaning on it, only problem was he wasn't big enough weight wise to snap it. He then stuck the blade onder the bench door and pulled up on it giving the blade a nasty curve. He went out on the ice and started flipping pucks into the net. The whole time Hull thought Stan had gone off the deep end.

    So according to Bobby Hull that how the whole curved blade started.
     
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    Procurve.ca no longer exists. Does anyone know where I can buy this product either online or in Vancouver? Does this product work well? I'm wanting to alter a coffey curve on a wooden sherwood stick.
     
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    i do the same but never had any breakage problems from heating
     
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    Have you ever heated the blade, then like taped it to hold the curve you wanted ? I know some people who do and it keeps the blade fine.
     
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    I heat the blade up with a heat gun, clamp it with a vice, and twist. Usually don't notice a problem with durability.
     
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    I curved my sherwood Coffey by holding the blade over my electric stove until I felt it was hot enough, then i stepped on it and curved it by holding it in position with my foot.

    It came out damn near exact to the reebok datsyuk (which is what I usually use). Pretty much a coincidence but awesome for me. I'm using it for the first time tomorrow night so hopefully it holds up well.
     
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    I had heard that the old timers would get 'em wet and put them on a toilet bowl with a weight in the middle.
     

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