Replacement blade for Kostiner?

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  1. Oscar Carlsson

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    Hi!

    I own an 17x17 Kostiner 4-blade easel which I really like, and I got it for close to nothing which makes it even better.

    But, after using it for some time I've discovered that one of the blades isn't straight, but slightly curved. This limits the worth of the easel, especially when printing big. I can skip using this blade but I'd like to have a fully functional easel...

    Do you think I can find a replacement blade today? From where, and at what cost? I live in Sweden (Europe) if it makes any difference.
     
  2. Jim Noel

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    Unless someone has an easel which they are parting out, I think you may be out of luck. The easel was designed and originally built in Canada. The blades and their locking system were from an architects drawing board.
     
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    If it is curved (bent) down, (or up), then a rare earth magnet may be enough to hold the blade down. The normal blades have a downward slant
    If it is curved in ( very odd in the flat dimension) then perhaps you could sand it square. If curved out then switch sides and sand.
    If not curved but angled, perhaps there is room for adjustment at the two screws.
     
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    Sadly, it is curved (iirc it curves to the right). What do you mean that I can sand it square?
     
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    That must have been wrong from day one.
    If it curves to the right, maybe place it on the left side of the easel, so that it curves into the picture and see how much needs to be removed to draw a straight line from bottom to top, at right angles to the two horizontal arms.
    then I am thinking, clamp it between two straight edges and remove the exposed bit.
    also if you can find a line maker accessory cheaply, the arms are the same.
    Mind you I am not a engineer!:smile:
     
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