Just started the very fun hobby of nail bending last week and so far I love it. I’ve checked a few forums on iron mind and a few articles and what not but still having a little trouble getting set up. I had someone I know give some old scrap leather to use as wraps and I picked up a dozen or so bolts at Home Depot.
I can’t quite bend the 1/4 bolts cut to 6" but found 3/16 at 7" a breeze and 3/16 at 6" felt like I had to give some effort but still not too bad. The problem with Home Depot is they only sell the stock bolts in 3 foot rods and you have to cut them yourself with a hand saw, which is not only a pain in the ass but time consuming. I’d like to be able to get dozens upon dozens of bolts to work with but would rather not spend an arm and a leg dealing through specialty grip sites like iron mind and fat bastard. They aren’t super pricey and if I have to I will but I can’t help but think I can get a better deal out there.
I am in San Francisco, so if anyone knows of any good local hardware stores or scrap metal shops near by that would be great, or at the very least the types of places I should be checking out.
Also if there are any tips/suggestions other things I can work with as far as things to bend and such that would be great. I’d eventually like to do an iron mind red nail, horseshoes, and other goodies down the road but so far enjoying getting into it.