I've been trying to work out how to build the tickler for my current project (https://thearbalistguild.forumotion.com/t913p15-hi-from-the-uk#8610), but I'm somewhat limited in funds and equipment.
I can buy flat, round or bar stock easily enough, I've got a bench grinder, files, clamps, hacksaw, dremel, hammers etc. and a -small- butane torch, as well as other assorted hand-tools I haven't thought to mention here. I don't have access to a forge or hotter torch (but can't help wondering if our gas fireplace will get a piece of 7mm square rod hot enough...).
I've tried heating and bending 7mm square steel stock with my torch and pliers, but the torch is unable to heat the metal sufficiently. People also seem to use at least 12mm stock for their ticklers usually, so 7mm might not even be enough.
I don't mind using a different material for the tickler so long as it's strong enough and looks good (this bow is only going to be 30lbs for roleplay after all), but no obvious choice springs to mind.
Ideas and advice would be appreciated.