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Bent tooth - leave it or straighten it


Registered User
Dec 18, 2020
it doesnt seem to be causing too much trouble but if you decide to straighten it, "draw out" the tooth out with a pair of smooth flat jawed pliers or strong brass tweezers rather than trying to bend it back per-se. Also get a thin piece of brass and file it to fit neatly between two other 'good' teeth. you can then use this as a gauge. Some people use modelling clay but I find this too squidgy. Also, if this clock has an adjustable pallet arbor, you may want to decrease the centre distance slightly between the pallets and the escape wheel. This will decrease drop and make the action all the sweeter. Hope this helps.


Staff member
NAWCC Member
Oct 19, 2005
North Carolina
Line up your pliers on the flat part of the tooth and squeeze a little as you pull it off the tip. Once is all it will need. It won't need much pressure.
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