|Review by sIKE||posted 03-01-2008 05:18 AM||2538 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
Having followed late last year it was noted with great sadness that this company had closed it doors. It supposedly made the greatest rasps for woodworkers in the world. Each one is handcrafted by an artisan in France who had to train for 3 years to until they are allowed to forge, heat treat and hand stitch a rasp whose teeth are cut very regular, but always spaced a bit little off with each tooth cutting a slightly different path than its predecessor. This results in a tool that is both powerful but precise, with an incomparably smooth finish. A company early this year bought the remaining inventory and is now selling the remaining stock. I had to have one so when they came available I did a small amount of research (wish I had paid a bit more attention) and picked one of the most inexpensive one I could get my hands on, SWMBO didn’t know and did not give budgetary approval ;), so I ordered it and it came in yesterday.
Auriou uses a scale of 1 to 15 to describe the grain (the degree of fineness or coarseness) of their rasps, with 1 the coarsest and 15 the finest. This rasp is a grain 6 it is considered coarse as you can see in the third picture. I haven’t done a lot of work with rasps (mainly metal) and it took me a bit to get the hang of it with some deep gouges being the result of my learning curve. This handle was quickly shaped to my liking using this rasp a lot quicker than using sandpaper like I had done with the last two handles I made. Overall I am very happy with this expensive but very nice hand made rasp.
The handle that is on the rasp is an ad hock and temporary solution, I plan to make me a nice one with a brass ferrule and all.
-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"