I did bend some tungsten the old fashoned way- I lit off, formed a good puddle on a stout chunk of scrap, then used my Leatherman to put a slight bend in the red-hot tungsten. It worked like a charm! I was able to keep gas coverage while having my arc come out at about a 30 degree down angle from a horizontal torch.
This worked like a charm! I was able to do good looking flat fillets with a horizontal torch angle.
Thanks to all those who gave me input.