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Forum topic by AlaskaGuy posted 06-12-2017 06:29 PM 698 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2017 06:29 PM

Tell me all you know about them. I’m think about getting a couple of them. Evenidently there like a bunch of saw teeth ganged together

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#1 posted 06-12-2017 06:59 PM

I have the one on top. It’s not something I use daily, but it’s handy at times. I like that there are two sides, one coarse and one fine toothed. It does a good job and leaves a relatively smooth finish. It’s easy to switch from coarse to fine just by flipping it over.

The one on the bottom is cool because of the handles. You can do flat surfaces, but that’s not something I see myself using it for. I haven’t used it, but I believe the blade has to be removed and reattached to switch from coarse to fine. I’ve also read reviews on Amazon that said the unit they received did not have the top handle.

Here is an article by Christopher Schwarz from a few years back. He recommends skipping the one with the handle. You’ll also notice the price has increased substantially.

My guess is you’ve already seen the article, since your photo is the one in it.

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#2 posted 06-12-2017 06:59 PM

I think David Cain had them in the Kung Foo temple


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#3 posted 06-12-2017 06:59 PM

Never used one but I know there are fans of the tool out there. Not tremendously expensive either ($16 on Amazon), especially if they work as advertised.

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#4 posted 06-12-2017 07:18 PM

They work well for aggressive material removal
and they don’t clog easily. For the $20 or
so they sell for an Amazon and ebay I think
they are a good value. I don’t use mine a
lot but I’ve had it for a long time and it’s still
pretty sharp.

I’ve had micro-planes too and they get dull
pretty quick, imo.

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#5 posted 06-12-2017 07:52 PM

I have one and have used it quite a bit, especially on jobs I don’t want to apply my true rasps for. They work well enough, and are a hell of lot less expensive than an Auriou.

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#6 posted 06-12-2017 07:56 PM

Wood that bottom rasp be a good substitute for a plane?

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#7 posted 06-12-2017 08:04 PM

I don’t think so.

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#8 posted 06-12-2017 08:08 PM

On my list for a while just not gotten there. I would not get them to substitute for a hand plane Gilley.

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#9 posted 06-12-2017 11:59 PM

I have the top one. Great for shaping wood planes and stuff like that for sure.

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#10 posted 06-13-2017 12:05 AM

I have it in two sizes and have used both on a few occasions. May be the best value there is in a WW tool. It does the job it’s designed to do. Does it well and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. And, it’s a unique design for the job it was intended for.

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#11 posted 06-13-2017 12:48 AM

Wood that bottom rasp be a good substitute for a plane?

No, it is not a plane nor does it do what a plane does.

I have the upper one and I really like it, very effective tool for the price.

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#12 posted 06-13-2017 01:28 AM

Thanks for all the responses. Looks like it going on my next order if I can’t fine it locally which I probably can’t.

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#13 posted 06-13-2017 02:26 AM

Shintos’ are effective, then use files, rasps, and or sand paper

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#14 posted 06-13-2017 04:43 PM

I like my Shinto a lot (top one in OP). The coarse side will eat wood away FAST but doesn’t clog. The fine side is a bit more controlled but still will take a pretty big bite. It’s definitely for rough-shaping, it has to be followed with rasps/scrapers/sandpaper.

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#15 posted 06-13-2017 04:44 PM

love it.. i dont use the handle though

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