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Forum topic by dwl posted 01-18-2020 03:46 AM 376 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2020 03:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: file rasp

Looking to get one or more files for general around the shop usage and prepping card scrapers, etc.
I have some old inherited files in a drawer but no idea what I have, but don’t think they are very good.
I have no files or rasps for woodworking, but am considering a Shinto to have something to use when needed.
I am under the impression that the most commonly available brands are not good quality and will not last very long.
Does anyone make decent quality files at reasonable prices?


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#1 posted 01-18-2020 03:54 AM

https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/307571

^^^ from 6 days ago. 44 (and counting) posts about the Shinto and other rasps.

-- ~Walker

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#2 posted 01-18-2020 04:23 AM

Thanks for that.
I think I will get a Shinto and be set for my first rasp.

Any other suggestions for both wood and metal files?

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#3 posted 01-18-2020 04:55 AM

actually, I read that thread and managed to not immediately buy the shinto rasp. But your post made me re-read that thread, and I just ordered the Shinto on amazon. It will also be my first rasp.

In the music world we call that GAS. Gear acquisition syndrome. See fancy guitar/amp/effect pedal etc, don’t need fancy guitar/amp/effect pedal, etc, but cannot quench obsession with fancy guitar/amp/effect pedal etc until it’s acquired. Play with it for a short while but never really use it, then sell it to the next guy with GAS. The only difference with tools is that I actually use most of them.

...anyway. Free bump so hopefully some more knowledgeable folks will answer you.

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#4 posted 01-18-2020 06:00 AM

Well since you know music then you know the dragon rasps. I didn’t want to pay dragon prices so found some knockoffs on amazon $13 for the pair of 8” and 10” and they work amazingly. They are hand stitched. I doubt they will last as long as high end Arieou or however you spell it but I could buy 10 sets for the price of 1 file and that would last me 100 years or so.

If you have some old US made Nicholson etc bastard files, just clean them and they will blow away the newer overseas or mexico files. Another option is a 4 in hand file/rasp. To clean them you’ll need a scrap or copper pipe and a tub of vinegar for soaking, but they should cut much better.

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#5 posted 01-18-2020 07:20 AM

Rasp work well for the purpose they were designed for, they can also ruin a project as quickly.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 01-18-2020 12:35 PM

For both files and rasps, I am increasingly going with Corradi

They come out of Italy and the quality far surpasses anything commonly available in the US. Their Gold series rasps rival the best hand stitched rasps at a much lower cost. The metal files are also top quality and available in a wide array of shapes and sizes to fit your needs. I have quite a few of their rasps, several metal files and a bunch of rifflers. All are excellent quality.

The only real downside to Corradi is that they do not have distribution, so you have to order direct from the company and they ship from Italy and that involves shipping costs. If you order one or two, the freight can be as much as the rasps, but if you order a half dozen or more and spread that cost out, then the net cost is really reasonable. They also get things out fast. Don’t know how they get through customs so fast, but I had tools in hand three days after ordering.

All that reminds me, I need to do another order.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#7 posted 01-18-2020 03:26 PM

Thanks for all of the repli, every one has info I will use.
I’m too lazy to either multi quote or make multiple posts, so will reply to all of your posts here, I hope that is ok.

I’m a just a weekend hacker with mostly power tools, basically just setting up my shop right now. I have somehow become interested in hand tools and want to get a couple of things to try out to see if I can build some skills and enjoy working with hand tools.

Walker,
I understand the premise of the GAS syndrome and am trying not to be in that situation. Thanks for the bump. :)

SMP,
Do you have a link for the Dragon knock offs you got, or a vendor or something else I can use to look at them?
The finding old Nicholson or other files sounds like a good option, but I really have nothing locally to look at, nor any idea what I am looking at. This leaves me with auction sites, and again, I don’t know what I’m looking for/at so not confident that I will make a good purchase.
Any pointers on this is appreciated.

Andre,
I can definitely ruin things effortlessly now, so can relate to your comment.

JayT, appreciate the link and info, will definitely check them out, just not sure if I am ready to buy several files/rasps yet.

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#8 posted 01-18-2020 10:37 PM

Here, Only i paid $13 a while back:

https://www.amazon.com/NKTM-Golden-Tapered-Bastard-Carving/dp/B074KCB13T/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?keywords=golden+wood+rasp&qid=1579387088&sr=8-2

What I was getting that on old nichlsons was check what you already have first. If you have old USA made ones, just clean those up. Can also check antique shops and surplus stores. One antique shop I went to 20 minutes from me had a 5 gallon bucket full of old files and rasps. Files were $1-3 and handled files were $3-5. Wooden file handles for $3. I actually bought some of the cool old wooden handles, which I them took and put on my cheap chinese rasps. These cheeseball rasps with vintage wood handles feel like $100 rasps now lol! And picked up some other files that were in decent shape and gave them a good cleaning. BtW, i also like the Corradi files someone else mentioned. I bought some from ToolsForWorkingWood.com for saw sharpening.

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#9 posted 01-18-2020 11:15 PM

SMP,
That makes sense. More things to think about.

Thanks to all.

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