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10-08-2011 06:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: file tool

I just got back from the rummage sales and I found this little file for 50 cents. I have never seen one like this it has a curve at the tip, it is “safe” on one edge and not the other. Total length is about 6 inches. I am guessing it has a specific purpose but haven’t a clue what that would be.

I am guessing Brit will know seeing his skills but I posted it here in case anyone else would know.

Have a safe and happy weekend LJs.


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#1 posted 10-08-2011 08:07 PM

I know I have seen one before ….............but where I can´t remember …. damm memmery :-)
if I don´t remember wrong then its a patternmakers file i think


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#2 posted 10-08-2011 08:15 PM

Banana peeler file , of course !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#3 posted 10-08-2011 08:22 PM

It reminds me of a home made Farriers rasp for making what’s called a Mustang Roll on a hoof.

We used something similar when I was a kid.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 10-08-2011 10:00 PM

Prybar I think.

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#5 posted 10-08-2011 11:31 PM

Dallas beat me to it. The English call it a Marlowe, I believe.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 10-10-2011 06:23 PM

Nice find Stevie. I don’t think it is a Farrier’s rasp as they aren’t usually bent. Here’s a link to a load of farrier's rasps so you can see what they look like.

I consulted the Nicholson Treatise on Files and Rasps and at first I though you’d found a bread rasp.

But it isn’t a bread rasp. I think it is simply called a bent riffler which was used to reach into irregular shaped cavities. Here’s a picture of a similar one.

I’m going to ask Jusfine to take a look as he keeps horses and if it is a farrier’s rasp, he will be able to confirm it.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 10-10-2011 06:46 PM


You are a wealth of knowledge. Thank you for looking that up. It is defiantly not a rasp as I understand them. It has pretty fine teeth that would make me believe it was for metal working.

But lets see what Jusfine can add..

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#8 posted 10-10-2011 07:33 PM

Nawh, you’re all wrong. It got left out in the sun and it almost melted. Just turn it over and put it back out in the sun.
(tongue in cheek)

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#9 posted 10-11-2011 12:48 AM

Have had a lot of horses shod and trimmed, but never saw a rasp like that hanging around a farrier…

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#10 posted 10-11-2011 04:18 AM

Not a farrier’s rasp. It looks like a riffler file/rasp to me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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