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Can I reuse brass hanks?
I have a 28' Dufour with original sails and hardware, European-made, old but in good condition. The jib and genoa are in remarkably good shape, the hanks are brass and also just fine, but the luff edge grommets opposite the hanks have corroded and need to be replaced.
I can't find a name brand on the snaps, but they look like the attached photo, plus a few years. They're just your standard brass bend-on/ bang-on/ knock-on jib hanks with a sliding piston, and they need to come off to install the new grommets. Can I slightly bend them off, then slightly bend them back on? I've been reading about bending brass, but I can't find a definitive answer.
I don't want to compromise the strength or integrity of the brass, but I would LOVE to save the $200 it would cost to replace good brass hardware.
Thanks for your help!