- 28 September 2013 at 4:12 am #19402
My inherited 4-1 file / rasp may have been previously used on metal, and so I headed to lee valley to get a new one. When I opened the plastic wrap – I was surprised to see how the ends are now sheared and left with sharp pointed ends. I returned to the store to look at another which had the same. I am disappointed and will likely return this item, it has a horrible feel in the hand, not at all like the nicholson of old. It also lacks some weight/heft and is slightly narrower.
You must be logged in to access attached files.28 September 2013 at 5:05 am #19408Carlos J. CollazoParticipant
Hi Brian –
Theres a nice, 4-in-1 rasp made by Auriou, a French dealer, that is supposed to good quality, hand-cut tool that Paul mentions in his blog here:
In the comments section he mentions the 4-in-1 as a good alternative to getting the set of chairmakers rasps, which are much costlier.
New Jersey, U.S.A.28 September 2013 at 5:36 am #19409
Missed that one!! Thank you for the link. Guess I will have to save up a bit for that one.
Ontario, Canada29 September 2013 at 7:07 pm #19443John PurserParticipant
I ordered a Stanley 4 in 1 hand rasp and was similarly disappointed. The round file side didn’t actually have teeth in the middle. There were intersecting lines but they didn’t cut deeply enough to create a tooth. Back it went.
I’ve got a Grobet 4 in 1 coming in the mail.
Hubert, NC30 September 2013 at 11:23 pm #19478
Sorry I omitted that in original post, the ‘new’ one is a grobet.
Ontario, Canada1 October 2013 at 2:21 am #19491Scott VParticipant
Brian- I have at least two vintage Nicholson 4-in-1’s I picked up in my travels. I was going to offer one of them to you for free, but I cannot figure how to ship from Los Angeles to Alberta for less than a small fortune. 🙁
Carlos- Thanks for letting me know about the Auriou version. That slipped past my radar.
-Scott Los Angeles, California, USA1 October 2013 at 4:41 am #19492
Thanks for the offer sir – very kind. (Brokerage and duty is a killer….eh?) I may hold out for one of significant quality a little later on.
Ontario, Canada1 October 2013 at 11:23 am #19493Mark ArmstrongParticipant
Files and rasps that’s starting to get another tool fettish for me flat,half rounds, mill, round, saw files rasps 4n1’s. I must have quite a collection now and keep adding handy things to have.
Dagenham, Essex, England2 October 2013 at 1:21 pm #19535grizParticipant
I got my 4 in 1 on eBay for next to nothing. It is an old Nicholson and works fine.5 October 2013 at 1:48 am #19627John PurserParticipant
My Grobet arrived yesterday and it’s a huge improvement over the Stanley. It feels a bit slenderer than the Stanley as I remember but all the teeth are sharp and well formed.
Hubert, NC5 October 2013 at 4:08 am #19640
Good to know there are some good finds out there guys.
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