These files are ideal for carvers, cabinetmakers, toy makers, musical instrument makers and sculptors. With safe edges, they're useful for fine tuning joints. Rasps produce sawdust, files make filings (dust), an Iwasaki file produces miniature shavings. Like a rasp, an Iwasaki file removes material very quickly but the resulting surface is much smoother, requiring only a little sanding to finish. The secret lies in the shape of the teeth, milling and chemical etching produces a sharp edge with real bite. Diagonal grooves stagger the teeth and the shape of each tooth acts like a mini chip-breaker, minimising clogging. The half-round files have teeth only on the convex side. The tooth pitch of the fine file is 1.6mm and 1.2mm for the extra fine. All our Japanese Carver's Files files have beech wood handles fitted, made in Japan.
4 July 2013
Brilliant!Undoubtedly the finest tool for accurate removal of timber on difficult or awkward grained wood. Used on pernambuco for violin and cello bows, the grain of which can be frighteningly difficult, speedy, accurate removal giving a brilliant finish is easily obtained. One of the best buys anyone can make!
26 November 2012
Very good buyI bought the extra fine 150 mm version of the flat and half round. I had some edges to finish for a bandsawn scroll sawn piece of Chrismas decoration. The wood used was particularly hard and dense, coral wood I believe. To sand this stuff was unbelievably slow. These files made quick work and a suberb finish especially on the end grain. We need a round file to make a complete set. I am very pleased with this buy