Originally Posted by ThunderingHooves
The purchase on the bit I'm using does bend outwards a bit. I don't really know of anyone who does metal work in my area that would be able to bend it. Should I just try and do it myself and see how it goes? Or should I look at a different bit? I've been looking at this one for a while, would I run into the same problems as the first one? 5" Francois Gauthier Collection Antique Low Port Hinged Futurity Bit
Also here you can see the bend purchase on my bit. Attachment 333465
It has very little "splayed" purchases. If you feel adventersome or confident enough you can attempt to open the purchases yourself. As someone mention before (not sure who) use a vise to set the shank itself (I use a "pony" vise but any vise should work). You may have to use two vises together side by side one to hold the shank and one to hold at the "T' joint to keep it from sliding. You might get away with a pair of vise grips and a freind to hold them at the "T" swivel section and steady them while you hammer out the purchase part (use a mallet, its gentler on your hand, less vibration and gentler on the metal). Be smart about it and be carefull.
The Francois Gauthier you have shown bit is a very nice bit. It is similar to a "poquito" bit I had except mine was not hinged. This one also seems to have shorter shanks and a shorter purchase wich means less torque is going to be placed on the poll and curb.