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Forum topic by Don Broussard posted 01-24-2015 01:01 AM 837 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Broussard

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01-24-2015 01:01 AM

I picked up a few tools from a friend this weekend, and two of them are unfamiliar.

First up is a small rasp, flat on one side and slightly rounded on the other, with an overall length just under 10”. What is different about this one is that it’s shiny. At first I thought it might be aluminum, but that would be too soft for a rasp unless you were shaping something very soft, like Jello. The only marking on it is “Made in Austria”.

Next up is a file with a new-to-me shape—it’s diamond-shaped, so no safe edges but two fairly sharp ones. All four faces have fine file grooves on them. I didn’t find any markings on this one yet, but I haven’t done any cleaning on it.

Thanks for any ideas you might have.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!


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#1 posted 01-24-2015 01:06 AM

That top one for sure is a 4 in one file/rasp. I’ve got no idea of the name for that bottom one. I’m pretty sure my Dad has a much smaller one. He never was one to show me how to use tools the right way.

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#2 posted 01-24-2015 01:10 AM

I believe that’s a shoe maker’s rasp. I’ve had one for years.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#3 posted 01-24-2015 01:13 AM

Thanks for the replies. I forgot to look on the flat side of the file/rasp to see if it’s single- or double-cut. Any ideas on that shiny material? It does have rust on it, so I’ve already ruled out titanium.

Shoe maker’s rasp—that’s my new learning for the day. I’ll check that out, scissors.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#4 posted 01-24-2015 02:11 AM

Just from the pictures it looks like a stainless (or semi-stainless) steel. Stainless can actually rust I think and I didn’t think it would be a good material for a rasp but some of the Grammercy rasps at Tools for working wood are stainless and they describe the tradeoffs vs tool steel.

The second looks like a slitting file.

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#5 posted 01-24-2015 02:18 AM

Tim—Thanks for the suggestion on stainless steel. I’m hoping to do a little cleaning on it tomorrow and maybe figure something out about it. Slitting file—another thing to research.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#6 posted 01-24-2015 03:45 PM

I did a little googling this morning and found the slitting file. Grobet has some for sale in the 6” size, but I didn’t find any larger ones like the 14” one I have. The description indicates that a slitting file is used for cutting slots. It also indicates that one half of the file is double cut and the other half is single cut. I will have to check mine out now.

I have not been able to find anything on the shoe maker’s rasp, except that Picasso occasionally used them in making some of his linocuts.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#7 posted 01-24-2015 03:53 PM

The top pic is called a 4-in-hand rasp. It’s a common style used a lot by model makers and for general purpose rasping. I can’t tell you why it looks silver, but made in Austria it should be good quality.

The bottom pic appears to be a file for sharpening Japanese style saws. I’ve found them handy for getting into tight places, like making the lamb’s tongue on a saw handle.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#8 posted 01-24-2015 04:00 PM

Thanks, Bob. I can see that it would be helpful for making a lamb’s tongue, but it does seem a bit long for tight places. And, maybe I need to get a Japanese saw . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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