When people bend nails, bolts, and steel stock, it is not uncommon for them to get stuck at a certain point along the way. One common spot where people have difficulty progressing with bending is when they get to the Grade 8.
Graded bolts are 6-inches long and 1/4-inch thick and to resist bending. In fact, Grade 8 bolts will actually flex back if you do not do enough damage to it.
The natural jump is Grade 2 Bolt, to Grade 5 Bolt, to Grade 8 Bolt, and with each step up the bending ladder, the stock begins to fight back against you even more.
Being stuck is usually caused by one of two things, Either you are not strong enough, or there is a technique issue.
If it is a strength issue, take a Grade 5 bolt and wrap duct tape around the center of it. This will reinforce it and make it tougher to bend.
If it is technique problem, are you not loading tension into the bar? Are you standing too straight up? Are your hands too close together? There are lots of variables here, depending on which bending style you use, what kind of wraps you use, your body type, the positions your body likes to operate in, etc. These techniques are all covered in extreme detail in my Nail Bending eBook.
So, in review, run down this list:.
1. Load up tape on the center of a Grade 5 Bolt and give it a try to see if you can get it (test your strength).
2. Improve your strength in the Kink Portion of the bend, this is where most people get hung up. This can be either a strength issue, a technique issue, or both
3. Review the various technique run-downs in the Nail Bending eBook. See if there is something that might be off, and try changing things up.
If it is not one of these two things (or a combination of both) then the only possible thing I can think of is that you are not attacking that thing like a savage beast.
Remember, you are doing something that you're not supposed to do. Attack the bend with a savage beast mentality like you are going to tear down an entire town with all of your rage.
These few suggestions should help you break through your steel bending plateaus so you can start improving your bending performance.