- find a piece of steel tubing to fit closely over the blade. You nay have to hammer the tubing to flatten it some. It must be an inch or more longer than the blade.
- open the jaws of a solidly mounted vise just enough for the handle to fit between them.
- If you have an anvil with a hole large enough to pass the handle through, that will also work.
- with the arms of the guard resting on the jaws, slide the tubing down over the blade.
- using a heavy hammer apply careful blows to the end of the tubing, this bends the guard back flat.
- you could place a couple layers of duct tape to the top surface and faces of the jaws to prevent marring the guard.
- WARNING: the guard is mild steel and should bend easily, but there is always the possibility of the guard cracking!
Here is another example of damage commonly found on F-S knives. Some guards are accidentally bent by idiots using the knives as throwing knives. Others are purposely bent (usually forward) to lie one's thumb on it. Idiots come in all flavors. This knife is a rather uncommon J. Clarke & Sons in otherwise good condition. I corrected the bent guard by the following method. No warranties expressed or implied!
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