Y'alls know by now I'm not the brightest bulb on the tree but I should be able to do this: Now, I've used taps many times but this is my first attempt to use a die. I've got a 6-32 die. I'm trying to thread brass, .138 dia. I applied some Hoppes oil to die and rod. All that's happening is it chews the end off the rod - no threads. It ain't s'posedta work thatta way. Whut'm I doin' wrong? It is a split die held only snugly to a die handle. I've tried using both sides of die.