Originally Posted by bluegoatwoods
Well, heating with Mapp or oxy-acetylene no doubt would make the bending easier. but then you'd have to deal with ultra-heat. Not a big deal, of course. But bending it cold isn't all that hard.
I wonder if a tinkerer with no particular training could actually temper the steel with heat?
I've heard that heating up the metal and quenching it in used motor oil will help strengthen it, but have never tired it. Something to do with the hot metal picking up the carbon from the used oil.