I am installing some wa-handles on my honyaki knives (pics and more details later once I'm done). One of the tangs kind of bends off at a bit of an angle, so when fitted it causes the blade to deflect a bit from the straight line projection of the handle to the right.
This pic shows the left side of the sujihiki laying flat, and the tang is flat for about the first 35mm or so, then it has a kink/bend, but then everything after is flat.
Any suggestions on how to remedy?
I tried protecting the blade and the first 30mm of the tang then clamping between some 2X4s, and flex the tang back, but that doesn't seem to work too well… not sure if it needs a more sudden and forceful movement, but being honyaki I'm kinda iffy even though the tang isn't hardened steel.
The other option I can think of is to try and hollow out the one side of the handle a bit more with a micro rasp to counter balance the displaced tang, but that could be risky too.
Lastly I could just live with it, although it may drive me nuts every time I see.
Any other thoughts, opinions and perspectives are welcome.