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  1. I purchased a sizable piece C360 both out of need and unfamiliarity so I am stuck with it. I've been all over the internet and came to this site as another resource. I think I am going to anneal the piece and just see what happens. That is usually the best way to learn something in metalworking. Thanks for taking the time to respond.
  2. Here is some more information. It's C360 and the invoice said it's half-hard so it's looking like I need to anneal it. I've never annealed brass but the information I've gathered from the internet says that I need to heat it to a dull red then quench it in water to quickly cool it off.
  3. I am brand new to working with brass so I am taking a 6" x 3" x 3/16" piece of the material for bending to a shop that offers forming services. The brass will be bent on a press break to a 90 with a 1" radius. I am wondering if I should anneal the piece before taking it to the shop or am I being overly cautious. Thanks in advance for any answers that are provided.
  4. Thank you for the responses. The original blades were bent thus necessitating getting new ones.
  5. I want to have new blades fabricated for my jump shear (roughly 33" in length). The person at the shop where I am going to get the blades made is recommending using 4140. Is that steel going to be hard enough for cutting mainly 20ga regular steel or less? Thank you for any responses.
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