FYI, all, the "15 bends" rule applied to the insignia at the time it was made--do not try to even bend your insignia once nowadays. (I always cringe when I see SS skulls/eagles removed just to get a look at the RZM #--I am sure I am not alone!)
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Now we have the document on the durability of such splints, "prongs," and what not.....
We live in an age of miracles.
One of you should go find the Deutsche Industrie Normen of the epoch as these would apply to the things we collect and we might learn a great deal, in fact.
Once more, we rejoice that our site, run by its fine leaders, and replete with such fine members, furnishes us all wonderful things to learn.
You should not try it. I have myself found out it does not always works.
I did it witn three (RAD) cap-insignia: one did break already after 9 times;
the other one with 12 and the last did break with 17. And believe me I
handled the insignia with care and did not bend them roughly! It will also
be different when one has to push through cloth.
When I wrote my aiguillette-book I did buy various aiguillettes to find
out how they were constructed. I learned then a lot by doing this!
"Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916
You guys are the greatest resource in the world. I want to thank all of you for all the valuable knowledge you have provided me with the project.
I specialize in M1 carbines and Lugers.