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    BrianJ
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    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.

    Ontario, Canada

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    #19408
    Carlos J. Collazo
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    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:

    http://paulsellers.com/2013/07/aurou-rasps-good-on-the-wood-and-good-in-the-hand/

    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.

    #19409
    BrianJ
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    Missed that one!! Thank you for the link. Guess I will have to save up a bit for that one.

    Ontario, Canada

    #19443
    John Purser
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    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.

    John

    John Purser
    Hubert, NC

    #19478
    BrianJ
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    Sorry I omitted that in original post, the ‘new’ one is a grobet.

    Ontario, Canada

    #19491
    Scott V
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    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, USA

    #19492
    BrianJ
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    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, Canada

    #19493
    Mark Armstrong
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    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, England

    #19535
    griz
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    I got my 4 in 1 on eBay for next to nothing. It is an old Nicholson and works fine.

    #19627
    John Purser
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    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.

    John Purser
    Hubert, NC

    #19640
    BrianJ
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    Good to know there are some good finds out there guys.

    Ontario, Canada

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