Steel bending is a very expensive sport. All the bending stock you buy over the years could cost you even four figures in the long run, or even more.
In case you’re, for example, a student, pensioner or unemployed with very little or no money in the first place (or you’re just a stingy cheapskate who has more than enough money but doesn’t want to use it like me), there are ways of detouring these obstacles.
How can you get around the lack or scarcity of money when it comes to steel bending then?
#1: Buy David Horne’s Wrist Developer (ONLY FOR REVERSE BENDING):
With this training tool you can not only train the reverse bending motion, but select the resistance you want by setting a metal spring on it’s notches.
You don’t necessarily have to use a single piece of steel for reverse bending at all if using Wrist Developer keeps testing well, because the movement pattern used has a carryover to “real” reverse steel bending.
Two important notions I want to make are that the handles of the Wrist Developer don’t bend as far as bolts and nails would due to it’s mechanical limitations.
Another notion is that the Wrist Developer is absolutely not meant for over- and underhand bending, period.
Concerning this I quote David Horne:
“IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR WRIST DEVELOPER/WD2 – This product is only designed for reverse bending style (please see video if unsure). Not suitable for double overhand or underhand bending style. We have never had a spring break but please be aware that springs do fatigue over time and may snap. Keep this in mind and check your springs – keep away from your face when using.”
Unquote. So there. I’ve never had a spring break on me, but there’s always a small risk that could even cost you an eye. Don’t take that risk!
2#: Look for places that sell or give away used and scrapped steel.
These are the ones I’ve found the most useful for this purpose:
One or more of the following items commonly used in steel bending and snapping can be found at the above mentioned places:
-Horseshoes (usually only from horse stables)
-Rebars (can be used as a substitute for bolts, nails and spikes)
-Threaded rods (same as with rebars)
As for the construction sites, outsiders aren’t allowed in them due to regulations. The only way to gain access to their metal dumpsters is to either work at one of them yourself or find someone who does and have that person bring you scrapped steel. Rebars and threaded rods can often be found there.
Having been a construction worker myself, my experience is that foremen have nothing against it if you take scrapped steel from a site’s metal dumpster, but it’s best to ask them just in case.
Used horseshoes can usually be found at horse stables, but not necessarily in every single one. You can also ask your local farrier (the person who installs horseshoes) for used shoes. Some, though not all of them, can give them away for free.
Recycling centers can be real gold mines when it comes to frying pans, hammers and screwdrivers. There’s an abundance of them and they don’t cost quite as much as brand new.
3#: Bend two pieces of steel stacked together.
By stacking two less tough and cheaper bolts together, could you create roughly the same level of resistance that the tougher bolt you don’t want to buy would have and use less money that way?
Naturally, the two stacked pieces together would have to cost less than the tougher piece alone, if your intention is to save money.
For example, each of the different nails Ironmind sells are of the same price. If you tried to stack two white nails together, it would cost you twice as much as any other nail. That would be defeat the purpose completely.
Doing the math for this is very simple. If I can do it with my math grades that at best barely passed, so can you.
The downsides of these methods:
-The spring used on the Wrist Developer makes the reverse bending movement harder the further the spring stretches, whereas a nail or a bolt becomes easier to bend the closer it’s both ends come to each other.
This means the loading of the two are different, possibly making them test differently for your body.
If the Wrist Developer doesn’t test positive at all but bending a nail, bolt, etc. does, that means you indeed have to use a piece of steel for reverse bending.
Also, the handles of Wrist Developer don’t bend nearly as far as a solid piece of steel would due to mechanical limitations as shown below.
-It’s going to take more time and effort to search for all the things you want from the before mentioned sources than just ordering steel from the comfort of your home.
Not only that, if you need to drive further with your car than you otherwise would, you’ll obviously need to use more money on gas and more time on travelling.
-There isn’t always telling how tough the scrapped stock you find is. Threaded rods found in metal dumpsters sure don’t have their calibration labeled on them. At horse stables you probably won’t find a strongman who can tell you how tough their horseshoes are to bend, and so on.
-Bending two stacked pieces of steel is more awkward to execute compared to a single one and wrapping two bolts or nails together needs more time and precision too.
-Because the policies and stocks of all the before mentioned sources differ, you might not get exactly what you want and how much you want 100 % of the time. Everything can be highly randomized.
In conclusion, even though there are cons to all of this, bending (or snapping) steel without going broke isn’t too challenging and absolutely doesn’t have an ROI (return of investment) that’s too low.
Regardless of your socioeconomical status, with this advice I’m sure you’d have other use for at least some of the money you’d save.
If you have further questions, I’d like to take a look at them below. Or do you have comments on this? All (appropriate) feedback is welcome.
Go with honor, friend,