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06-05-2012 03:20 AM

Any suggestions on some quality wood rasps/files?

-- Loren, California

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#1 posted 06-05-2012 03:52 AM

Nicholson #49, #50
Gramercy Rasps
Japanese Shinto Planer type saw rasp

I’m sure others will have suggestions as well.

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#2 posted 06-05-2012 04:00 AM

Iwasaki files are really great and not expensive. Highest
recommendation. Microplanes cut well but don’t stay
sharp very long. The Shinto saw rasps are useful too
for heavy stock removal.

I have a #49 and a #50 and they are good but spendy
and material removal not as fine, quick and even as
you get with even the basic Iwasaki files, which are
really plane float style files, not rasps.

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#3 posted 06-05-2012 05:24 PM

Antique stores… Yeah, its harder for hit and miss but I have yet to run into an antique store that didn’t have a few rasps and files sitting around somewhere. I have no clue where most of my rasps, files, and floats come from (in fact many of them are labelled in Cyrillic, my chisels too) but they cut well. My brother has one of the Auriou 13s which is an incredible rasp but it stuns me the price he paid for it. I have a Nicholson #50 that I paid an arm and a leg for and doesn’t cut any better than the antique 10” either.

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#4 posted 06-05-2012 05:34 PM

I have a Nicholson #50 that I got for $32 on When it arrived, I found it was made in Brazil and not as nice as the older USA version.

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#5 posted 06-05-2012 07:53 PM

Thanks, everyone for the input. Very helpful.

-- Loren, California

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#6 posted 06-05-2012 08:05 PM

Allow me to second the Iwasaki recommendation. Absolutely phenomenal.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#7 posted 06-07-2012 02:26 AM

Lie Nielsen sells Auriou. They are hand made in France

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#8 posted 06-07-2012 02:41 AM

The absolute best ever are dragon files see stewart macdonald worh every penny

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