File & Rasps question

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    Roger Tubbs

    I’m looking to purchase a file & rasp set. I’m not sure as to what is the best for the money. Nicholson’s I understand to be good, so long as they are the American-made versions, Auriou’s are excellent but extremely pricey, and Stanley, from what I am understanding are not what they used to be. I’m looking to see if anyone has any thoughts/ideas on this? Thanks!

    Chris Ward

    I recently got one of the shinto rasps that Mr Sellers has used on several projects (e.g. the floor lamps) to try and found that they work really well. With both a coarse and more medium side you can get a long way with it. As to their longevity I cannot attest but they do a reasonable job of removing wood for shaping. i must add that I do also own two aurio rasps, and no surprises here, they are superior (If you follow up use of a shinto rasp with a flat file you can get a nice finish). But Auriou rasps are, as you are aware, $100+ whereas the shinto rasp is around $30. I found the shinto ones at woodcraft ( in the US), but as always your ever friendly Amazon carry hem as well.
    Hope that helps.


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    If you’re looking at the pricier end of the market then there is also Liogier which are hand stitched like Aurio. Not sure there’s much to choose between them except maybe local availability.
    I have Liogier rasp and am very happy with it.


    Mike Zeller

    I have been looking in to rasps and files lately – other than the hand stitched pieces most everything else seems pretty inferior. These modern companies shift manufacture as fast as I can change my shoes so it’s defintely difficult to keep up with their quality control. The three companies I have been researching are also recommended by Mr. Paul Sellers. The first is a Portugese company called Tome Feteira, they make machine and hand stitched tools. The second is the often mentioned Bahco – I am having good luck with their saw sharpening files. And lastly, the Czech company Narex also makes rasps, files and a host of other fairly decent woodworking tools like chisels. Out of these, three Mr. Sellers seems to be very happy in recommending the Tome and Bahco files and rasps along with the Shinto saw rasp. Hope this helps – trying to swing this hobby on a budget gets tougher by the week but thankfully we have Paul to help guide us with common sense and an eye on all our pocketbooks!

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