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05-20-2013 05:46 PM

Ive been meaning to acquire all the tools necessary to reshape and sharpen up about a dozen or so hand saws and last night, when I finally got around to purchasing all the gear, I found that no one has them in stock. This include Lee Valley, Lie Neilson, and Tools for woodworking. Apparently Grobet, the main manufacturer, cannot keep up with the production. Either that or its vacation season in Switzerland, I dunno.

So I pose to the group … Where else can I buy saw files?

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty


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#1 posted 05-20-2013 05:48 PM

eBay.

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#2 posted 05-20-2013 05:56 PM

Have you tried Munnell & Sherrill? A guy I work with is way into hand saws and chain saws, and he has a whole bunch of Simonds files, they are an authorized dealer of Simonds and Armstrong files, and have good pricing.

http://www.munnell-sherrill.com/pages/product_pages/saw.html

Their web page kind of sucks, you may have to have them mail you a product catalog but they have good stuff and even run specials now and then.

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#3 posted 05-20-2013 05:58 PM

Thanks for the tips fellas. I plan on looking into both tonight.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 05-20-2013 06:11 PM

What are you trying to say? Switzerland is lazy?

-- ~Tony

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#5 posted 05-20-2013 06:37 PM

They’re neutral on the subject Tony.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#6 posted 05-20-2013 07:03 PM

Since Nicholson went to pot, Grobet is basically the only supplier of saw files for all of Europe and the US. I’d imagine they’re having a hard time keeping up, particularly since saw files are small and cheap and likely low margin.

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#7 posted 05-20-2013 07:07 PM

That’s pretty much it Rich. When you’re the only one in the game and there’s a resurgence in the market, this is what ya get. Long lead times.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#8 posted 05-20-2013 07:09 PM

^ You mean impatient customers?

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 05-20-2013 07:16 PM

You forgot procrastinating Tony. I don’t make any bones about it. Im a last minute kinda guy.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#10 posted 05-20-2013 07:17 PM

I’ve no doubt about the minute part.

-- ~Tony

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#11 posted 05-20-2013 07:19 PM

Sounds like a good opportunity for someone looking to fill the gap. Now who knows the first thing about file-making? And I don’t mean, right click, New File.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#12 posted 05-20-2013 07:25 PM

I was watching Roy last night and he had C Schwarz on making an English layout square and they had gotten to talking about files and what separates a good one from a not so good one. The machine cut ones have rows of teeth in a uniform pattern which make them tend to “hop” around. He had said that the good ones have no pattern to them and are punched out by hand in a non descript pattern making them cut smoother without the “hop”. I thought that was some pretty good info.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#13 posted 05-20-2013 07:26 PM

That’s what I hear about rasps, and that’s why Ariou rasps or other hand-made one are preferrable.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#14 posted 05-20-2013 07:26 PM

They were referring to files or rasps?

Edit – Brandon is a quicker draw.

-- ~Tony

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#15 posted 05-20-2013 07:27 PM

Ahh goo – they were talkin rasps. My bad.

Apparently I don’t know the first thing about files lol.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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