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#1 posted 434 days ago

Nicholson has offshored their production and new, non-US made files, while at the same price, are not as good as the older US-made files. I’ve heard good reports from saw filers and machinists about Grobet brand files, and my experiences with them validate this.

Vintage files and rasps can be sharpened by Boggs Tool in California. The prices are reasonable, especially for older, hard-to-come-by wood rasps and Vixen files. I’ve collected a lot of old rasps and files and sent them to Boggs, who made them as close to new as is possible: clean and sharp. If you find you need their services, push the button and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how nice your tools come back.

To clean files or rasps, use sharpened bamboo sticks and bamboo toothpicks. It doesn’t dull the teeth like a metal card brush or brass brush would. Bamboo also doesn’t crush like, say, pine, and isn’t bendy and ineffective like a plastic brush. For stubborn wood chips you can dip the file or rasp in mineral spirits, which will swell the wood and make it easier to pop out of nooks and crannies. As a side benefit it loosens pitch and is non-corrosive to the steel.


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