Japanese Carver's Files
Japanese Carver's Files
£27.20 - £35.35 (£22.67 - £29.46 Ex. VAT)

Japanese Carver's Files

  • Ideal for carvers, cabinetmakers, musical instrument makers and sculptors
  • Leaves a smooth surface requiring little finishing
  • Teeth are milled and chemically etched for maximum bite
  • Built in chip-breakers minimise clogging
  • Safe edges, can be used right into a corner
  • Suitable for wood, plastics and other materials
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£27.20 - £35.35 (£22.67 - £29.46 Ex. VAT)

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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 have beech wood handles fitted, made in Japan.

This product is on page 201 of the Axminster Tools & Machinery 2018/19 Catalogue.
Reviews (4)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



28 April 2018

A quality tool that is going to be so useful

I have had this item on my wish list for about a year. I eventually ordered it yesterday afternoon and with Axminster's super service it arrived this morning. I have had a quick test and it certainly does exactly what other reviewer's have said. I really wanted it as a substitute for coarse sanding. This is for shaping roughly sawn small wooden items prior to hand carving. My wish was to replace coarse sanding with something less dusty and dirty. The file is good size for what I want but small enough to be readily manipulated. The finish is very good and it had no trouble smoothing some holly. The filings are fine but coarser than sanding dust - they fell under gravity into a pile and didn't float about. I shall be buying the half-round file in due course.

Perfection Framing

16 February 2018


I'd read the reviews and was a bit sceptical...but wow. The finish this tool produces is unreal. Just as a guide I bought the extra-fine and it produces super results but also still takes off a good amount. I don't think I could see the need for anything courser. Really impressed!

Rudi Pilsel

4 July 2013


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!

J Macaulay

26 November 2012

Very good buy

I 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

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