"Quick fix -
Use a piece of stiif leather, the sort that moccasin laces are made of. Cut a small bit of it to size and stuff it down on top of the spring where the blade hits. This will keep the blade off the spring until it gets worn enough so as…"
Not possible. Any sort of welding would ruin the heat treatment of the spring. You would end up with a broken spring in short order. In addition, metal used in the rod is not the same as the spring. Once welded you can…"
"My guess would be a big sleeveboard sunfish, with a #46 blade on one end and one, maybe two # 36 blades on the other. If done right that could be really interesting. Ever see a Schatt and Morgan Wildcat Driller? A huge sunfish whittler would be too…"