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Tom King

Iwasaki wood files

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Quite simply, these things are awesome!!!  I just got some of the extreme fine cut ones on sale at Woodcraft.  Even these x-fine cut ones cut fast, and leave an amazingly smooth finish.   I like them so much, I'm going to order the ones that I didn't get.

 

Woodcraft has a video too on them.

 

I got the plane float ones from Lee Valley, and probably won't bother to sharpen the ones that do the same thing that came from LN again.

 

http://www.woodcraft.com/search2/search.aspx?query=iwasaki%20japanese%20carving%20files

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I agree - they are great.  I have a couple I bought 3-4 years ago.   The fine one I have does a good job on a dovetail pin when the fit is a shade too tight.  

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Seems Charles Neil like them :)

 

I think I'll have to check them out!  Although down a bit on my "purchase" list, I really appreciate this post!

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I have a set of the flats (medium, fine, extra-fine) from Highland Woodworking, and they're wonderful for rough shaping and fine "fitting" tasks. I've also got one of the half-rounds, which is excellent as well.

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Absolutely. I can get them in Europe, where they're called 'carving files' - which pretty much describes them to a 'T'. Using the extra-fine files you barely need to use sandpaper afterwards. Wonderful for shaping things, and as said above they work wonders on small tenons, when you don't have a small shoulder plane.

 

I'm working on a piece of Wengè, which seems to defy my planes and chisels, but those Iwasaki files don't seem to notice at all!

 

John

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