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emyers99
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Bummed because I just bought 100 of these.
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Apparently there are still some bugs to work out. That's too bad because I wasn't very happy with the first set I received and was going to send them back for replacement but looks like there may be no point in doing that now. Still seems to be kind of hit or miss as far as which ones bend easily and which require much more effort. The couple I tried in my first set I could not get to 90 degrees.
So now I'm not too sure I could ever have faith in these and trust it to work properly. At least it may take a while I think.
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I received my replacements (and also a few extra) a few days ago, and they are better than the first ones. They seem to not break (at least didn't in my tests), and they also seem to be harder to bend back (which is good).

However, I still think they are a bit too hard to bend. Anyone with strong fingers can bend them, but it takes quite a bit of force, and perhaps so much that the spectators doing the bending may think that there's nothing unusual about it.
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So are the new ones better? Cause I’m about to 50 of these. Thanks
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As I wrote, they are a bit better, but still takes considerable force to bend. At least more than what it seems when watching the promo video.
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You cannot be doing it right? I have 20 of the new ones and they are so easy to bend.
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On Apr 5, 2018, Chris Jones wrote:

You cannot be doing it right? I have 20 of the new ones and they are so easy to bend.


I received the newer replacement lot (with some extra keys) and as a test run I tried out six keys at random. A lady could easily bend the keys, exactly the way as seen in the promo vid.

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Hmm, that is a bit weird. Not sure how it is possible to do this wrong, but I will test some more, and possibly try to do a more scientific test. Perhaps I am just expecting it to be easier than it looks from the video?
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Just ordered a bunch of these Smile
Bonz
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I have made a video today just for the people reading and commenting this thread.

Please watch it.



Thank you

Dave
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When I tested the new batch of keys, I tried to bend them both ways. All of them. All of them were very difficult to bend. To prove it, I even took a key and pressed it against the floor to get more leverage. Still didn’t bend 90 degrees. Now.. I believe you guys obviously, and you say you believe those who didn’t have easy to bend keys.. Then there MUST be an explanation as to why some keys aren’t bending easily.

The only thing I can think of, is the cold. I live in Upstate NY. It’s still snowing here. I’m assuming that maybe if the keys are too cold for too long, it hardens them.
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I asked a friend of mine, who is an expert in metallurgy, and he confirmed your hypothesis may well be correct. The temperature experienced by the keys post treatment can impact their malleability.
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I asked a friend of mine, who is an expert in metallurgy, and he confirmed your hypothesis may well be correct. The temperature experienced by the keys post treatment can impact their malleability.


Ah well that’s good to hear. One step closer to finding this mystery out!

One way for Propdog to prove this theory, would be to place a few in the freezer overnight. Then wait for them to warm back up and see how they bend.
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On Apr 6, 2018, Colin (C.J.) wrote:

I asked a friend of mine, who is an expert in metallurgy, and he confirmed your hypothesis may well be correct. The temperature experienced by the keys post treatment can impact their malleability.


Ah well that’s good to hear. One step closer to finding this mystery out!

One way for Propdog to prove this theory, would be to place a few in the freezer overnight. Then wait for them to warm back up and see how they bend.


That's a very good suggestion. Worth experimenting.

BTW I live in WA.

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I received my keys today.
Let me say first, top service from PropDog! I'm from Portugal and the shipment was super fast!
I'm very satisfied with my purchase... I tried 2 keys already, and they bend easily.
Now, it's time to do some magic!

I was wondering if someone whould like to share some ideas/routines to use the Easy Bend Keys.

(PS - Sorry for my rusty english)
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Just re-raising this thread. If you're curious about these keys, definitely get some. The bugs are worked out, they work like a charm, exactly as described / demonstrated in Dave's video above. Easy to bend once, then they get much, much harder to bend. Most folks can bend these easily, unless they're small kids or have some kind of hand problem.

I don't like the idea of bending someone's cutlery, or cutlery in a bar or venue. Obviously, if challenged, and if everyone's ok with it, then it's fine. But "my shed key" seems like a natural metal object that's close at hand.

Rasmus' "Steel" is great also, but not as natural an object. Although the nails are, again, very convincing.
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Great ! Do you also get a few duplicates of the real key to switch ? first have it examined then switch it out when you have it signed with a sharpie.
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I see now on the website 1.25 each for the regular keys !
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I have used both products (easy to bend keys and Steel by Rasmus) and they both work great. I would say that the nails in Steel are a bit more difficult to unbend than the keys once they have been bent. I guess upon deciding which product works best for you really depends on your presentation.
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Re: examination of the key - I'd be interested to hear how everyone handles this; I'm not convinced a switch is necessary. But if anyone has a presentation where the switch is nicely covered/motivated, I'd be very interested!

I'd also be really interested in routines, scripts etc for this. It's an incredible prop; it deserves a really great presentation.
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