If you like to endure pain like only shopping for tools can inflict then you can commiserate. Last post i had the vice and file holder made and i had jointed my 4.5 ppi rip saw. I Got a bunch of gear in required for my mission and i was waiting on my order of Simonds files to come in. Today i took delivery of 3 of the 4 boxes and of course the 8” regular taper file, needed for this saw, was the undelivered item. Another week. Sweet.
So, not the most expert on files i figure we can talk about what makes a good file? What we notice between the Simonds and the Nicholsons i have in the same size and whatever else you wanna talk about.
I noticed that the tangs on the Nichys (top) are miscolored like you can see all different heating colors and not as well shaped as the red tanged Simonds.
The taper at the tip of these 6” x slim is slightly different. Simonds on the right.
You cant see it but the cutting edge of the of the simonds extends, at the edges only, all the way to the tip of the file.
The Nichy does not.
-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty