|Review by mjon||posted 03-01-2008 08:15 AM||4809 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
If it’s possible to get excited about a simple and ancient tool, these little handmade French cabinet files have me giddy. Generally, files are nothing to get too thrilled about—but the quality of these files is exceptional from the moment you pick one up. The balance is remarkable and the handle is smaller than any I’ve ever used. As a result, they fit in your hand comfortably. When I say the files are handmade, that is to say they are actually hand-punched. They have a staggered tooth, giving them a more uniform groove pattern throughout the file—ultimately aiding in smoothing out curves and flattening recalcitrant tenons. Another plus to these cabinet files is that they have a rather sharp point and teeth that go all the way to the end/edge, giving you the ability to file in very tight joints or fair a curve. When you consider a file is a fine-tuning instrument, you realize quickly that it is well worth the price of admission—they are the most expensives files/rasps on the market. These babies ain’t cheap, but the quality is far superior to any machine-made files. Enjoy!