Those of you who read the most excellent Popular Woodworking Blog
saw Christopher Schwarz’s post yesterday alerting us to the announcement that toolmaker Auriou is closing due to labor troubles.
I’ve been doing more shaping lately, but the prices had kept me away from Auriou rasps despite all the rave reviews. Faced with the possibility of never owning one of these rasps, I tossed reason to the wind and placed an order for a few last night. I won’t feel comfortable though until I get the order processing or shipping email…... Nope, still no email! ;-)
I looked at the offerings by all the vendors Schwarz lists in his blog. Selection varies widely, as do the handles. I found prices at The Best Things to be significantly less than all the rest. Their handles look a lot cheaper than all the others too. Woodcraft prices are $1 to $5 less than all the others on the models I compared. But their selection is pretty small. Get ‘em while you can.