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  1. John T.

    Function balance I hate hairsprings! Coned hairspring….

    Thanks to all for the guidance. I’ll keep trying on junk for awhile with all this in mind. Dealing with out of round later in the process would be no cinch either. Man I hate hairsprings!! Anybody got a spare balance for this thing? Just sayin’…………. John T.
  2. John T.

    Function balance I hate hairsprings! Coned hairspring….

    Howdy RB, I’m still trying to figure exactly how I want to manipulate hairspring cones before trying on the real thing. Been practicing with Fried’s method on junkers. Tweezer on collet and tweezer near the stud and pull parallel. I would think a ‘reamer‘ broach you mention would serve...
  3. John T.

    Techniques for straightening watch pivots

    Howdy, Didn’t mean to be a thread killer. Had those tools for quite awhile never being able to pinpoint what they are for. See screen shot pic from Dave Coatsworth nailing it. Karlmansson explained in that thread how they might be used, heating and mending as needed. I was just curious as to...
  4. John T.

    Techniques for straightening watch pivots

    I just had these finally identified in the tools forum. Anyone ever tried using them on any level?
  5. John T.

    What tool might this be?

    [ Howdy to all, Enjoyed reading your thoughts and comparisons on then vs. now. Got me thinking as well (often dangerous). I ponder that I do this for enjoyment and , despite all the hair pulled from my scalp, the mechanical marvel of it all. However, having to make a living from it was likely...
  6. John T.

    What tool might this be?

    Howdy guys, No greater teacher than experience. It is the most interesting to hear what real pros do in action based on a career of experience. Ya’ll are light years ahead of me. Great reading! Doubt I’ll ever use these things on anything of value. Good to know finally what they are though...
  7. John T.

    What tool might this be?

    Dave, Do believe you nailed it. The ends were blocked with debris and the holes could not readily be seen. Poked at them with a needle a viola there was a hole in all but one. Some look to be off center. Difficult to envision how they would be used and be an accurate fix especially compared to...
  8. John T.

    What tool might this be?

    Identical. Once saw 4 in a lot for sale on EBay but the seller did not know what they were for either. Have seen another one in a sale but did not inquire. I thought they were some sort of temporary clock frame pin maybe. Business end has a smooth finish.
  9. John T.

    What tool might this be?

    Never considered that angle. Not completely sure what that process entails though honestly. The business end has a copper or brass type look to it. Non magnetic. Very light weight. I wonder why someone needed six of these? Seemed to be from a clock oriented person’s setup from what I could...
  10. John T.

    What tool might this be?

    Howdy, I got six of these in a box lot. (See pic) Figured sooner or later I would see one identified somewhere somehow. Other folks selling them don’t seem to know either. I figure it has something to do with clock repair though. I am sure the mystery can be solved here. Thanks! John T.
  11. John T.

    Function balance I hate hairsprings! Coned hairspring….

    Thanks. Yeah it was a shot in the dark and I decided to ‘punt’ while I still could and ask advice. In a search, I found a passage provided from Fried’s book ‘Bench practices for Watch and Clock Repairers’ that is NOT contained in the version I bought awhile back “Bench Practices for Watch...
  12. John T.

    Function balance I hate hairsprings! Coned hairspring….

    Good point. I’ll check around to see if less powerful mag is available for this particular scope. Certainly has been a lesson learned. That and to slow down especially with this part. Thanks. John T.
  13. John T.

    Function balance I hate hairsprings! Coned hairspring….

    I’ll give it try. Think I will first try it on a couple of junk drawer springs to gain some familiarity before the ‘real deal‘. I’ll let you know how it goes over time. Thanks for the advice! John T.
  14. John T.

    Function balance I hate hairsprings! Coned hairspring….

    Thanks for that tip. It’s a keeper. The less aggravation the better where balance issues are concerned. I included a couple more pics from dead on in both directions. The distortion did not appear to affect it in the ‘round’. From the ‘flat’ really can’t pick out a beginning and end to anchor...
  15. John T.

    Function balance I hate hairsprings! Coned hairspring….

    As Clint Eastwood would say, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Don’t ask me how I know…….
  16. John T.

    Function balance I hate hairsprings! Coned hairspring….

    Thanks RB. Can always count on you for sage advice. Sounds easy ..but…..I’m an amatuer you know.
  17. John T.

    Function balance I hate hairsprings! Coned hairspring….

    Hey, couldn’t agree more. I actually did pop the HS off under the scope. Grabbed it too quickly to remove thinking it was clear and detected resistance too late and the slinky was ‘ON’. Appreciate the good advice!!
  18. John T.

    Function balance I hate hairsprings! Coned hairspring….

    Thanks- - I’ve had multiple bouts with the demon HS with mixed results. Never encountered this before though. Tried the reverse pull half heartedly as it seemed to make the most sense. Decided a time out was in order and go to the well of experience before ruining it. Pic tells more of the...
  19. John T.

    Function balance I hate hairsprings! Coned hairspring….

    Howdy, Well, working on a Seiko Marvel 1956 17j movement. Felt removal of hairspring was called for. Removed it-went to move it-was hung on balance wheel and was a slinky before I noticed it happening. Now a uniform cone shaped hairspring. Tried a few weak corrective attempts to no avail and...

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