|Review by BigRedKnothead||posted 12-23-2016 02:35 AM||3082 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
Most woodworkers have heard of the qualites of hand cut/stiched rasps. They’re not the same animal as the machine-made buggers. But, like anything hand-made….Auriou, Liogier, Gramercy, those babies are expensive.
Well, those crazy Italians came up with another option. What if you could use CNC technology to imitate the hand cur rasp? Well, they’ve done it. The Corradi company makes all kinds of files and rasps, but they call this their”Gold”line. You can read more about it on their site.
I picked up a Corradi Gold:
Cabinet 10” 8 cut
Cabinet 10” 10 cut
Round 6” 10 cut
Halfround 6” 10 cut
Here’s a shot of the Corradi next to a hand-cut Gramercy. See the wavy pattern on the Corradi:
Today I spent some time with my new Corradi Gold rasps, as well as some Auriou and Gramercy offerings. A friend and I tried them on all sorts of woods. All of the rasps seem to do better on harder woods. Ten grain or equivalents can give a nearly finish ready surface on white oak. This is good news to woodworrkers, because these rasps sell for about $40-50. Half the price or more than their competitors.
Corradi claims their rasps will last longer. I have to agree with the tooth makeup, but time will tell.
Each brand has it’s little quirks. The only knock we could say about the Corradi Gold Cabinet was that we wished they had a spear point, like the others. And, we’d like them to expand the line a bit with more options (Modelers etc).
Corradi’s don’t come with the handle included. They offer palisander handles for another $7-8. Handles are another way to save cash, but I had to try them.
The handles come unfinished with a nice thick ferrule, but need drilled. I couldn’t help myself. I sanded them a little more, then wiped on a coat of shellac and wax. After that they were as nice as the Auriou’s handles.
You can find Corradi rifflers on Lee Valley and Woodcraft, but not the Gold series. Thus, the biggest challenge with the Corradi Gold rasps is that they don’t have a North American distributor as of yet. The shipping and duties for an order is about $40. Ouch. Although the Fedex service is for real. You will get your order in a couple days.
So, $50 for one rasp, and $40 for international shipping, there isn’t a whole lot of savings over a $130 Auriou. But for four rasps, your down to $10 shipping a piece. They also run specials – got mine 10%off. I saw they had free shipping in the past for orders over $250. I recommend woodworkers working together on an order.
I’ve got nothing but respect for Auriou and the other fine rasp makers out there. Some people swear by them. But, these are fine tools too. I believe they will change the market for high-quality rasps. I look forward to working more curves into my furniture.
Take care, Red
-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer