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what kind of files....

here are some links that i found for files.

http://www.japanwoodworker.com/product.asp?pf_id=01.087.75&dept...

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/japanese5featherfile.aspx

http://lawn-and-garden.hardwarestore.com/78-487-chainsaw-files-and-...

http://www.hardwareandtools.com/icat/file-sets/

http://www.jackssmallengines.com/chaintoolfile.cfm

 Reply by Paul J Granger on January 6, 2010 at 10:23Delete

Here's a link to a useful file for file work. It is called a knife file.

http://www1.mscdirect.com/CGI/NNSRIT?PMPXNO=20539565&PMT4NO=772...

If you look at the end, it is a long slender triangle. It is sorta like one half of a feather file. The knife file can be found in lengths of 4" to 8". A good place to find them is MSC Industrial supply. Google them to find them, if you are not familiar with them. They have many useful things for knifemakers, from torx screws to glass beads and metal lathes to bridgeport mills.

The feather file and the knife file are useful in fileworking because they bite into the steel very easily being such a sharp angle (perhaps 15 degrees or so). And when you wear out your knife file, it is very easy to make it into a knife! I've took a 4" one once and drew it in the oven in the kitchen until it got to 58 rc and sharpened it and handled it. I used it around the shop for 3 or 4 years. It made a nice knife.



Jan Carter said:

what kind of files....

Reply by Daniel Howland on February 20, 2010 at 17:47

If your interested in filework I would highly recoment renting this video by Dwayne Dushane.
It tought me a lot he even tell you what files to use and where to get them.

http://smartflix.com/store/video/347/Fileworking

Here is a 285UH Schrade by Herman Williams

Here is a 285UH Schrade by Herman Williams

Here is a 285UH Schrade by Herman Williams

10dot 1970 Case Slimline with custom giraffe bone scales w/pearl spacers and filework by Tom Stratton...

Honestly, I mostly use a diamond burr on my dremel  3/16 & 1/4 are the ones I use the most but have started on using 3/8 and 1/2" a lot.  As far as my "favorite" pattern that I use?  The last one......LOL.  I'd say that most of my work revolves around a modified vine pattern with mixes of various patterns intertwined to keep it mixed up. 

Jan Carter said:

what kind of files....

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