If I made my living working wood I would buy hand cut rasps in a heartbeat. The price is a little high to justify for me at the moment though. The price is fair for the quality of the tool to be sure and this video shows that I think.
Thanks for the post Ken.
My Liogier rasp has arrived , there really is a difference on how they cut, removes material fast with a good finish. Dealing directly with the factory in France could not have been easier, I have had a number of e-mails from Noel Liogier the last one apologising for late delivery due to his tempering furnace being down. I imagine the methods and equipment used to make my rasp has not changed for 100 years.
Congratulations on the Rasp David, I have been very pleased with mine. Here in the US, the only option I had was to buy directly from Liogier, and it was a pleasant purchase for me as well.
I am planning a trip to Grenoble, France this summer to visit my daughter, I am hoping to be able to go by and visit their shop, maybe I can see some demonstrations, or the craftsmen at work, that would be great.