Generally used to file in a slot or wedge-shaped opening. Curved knife edge allows for easily filing in restricted areas. Double cut on both sides; top edge is safe while the knife edge is single cut.
|Length of Cut*||Width x Thickness||Available Cuts|
|4" (100mm)||15/32" x 1/8"||2|
|6" (150mm)||23/32" x 5/32"||0, 2, 4|
* The handle section (tang) is not considered in the file length.
About Swiss Pattern Precision Files . . .
Manufactured to precise production standards, using a combination of machine cutting and hand craftsmanship to produce the most accurate, best cutting and longest-lasting files in the world. They are made of the finest heat-tempered, chrome alloy steel and have the right feel, action and balance desired by all true craftsmen. Swiss Pattern Precision Files deliver superior performance on all metals. Simply the best you can buy.
|Basic Application||Type of File
|Corners, holes, edges||Three-Square|
|Curved surfaces, corners, holes||Half-Round|
|Curved surfaces, junctures of curved and flat surfaces, corners, holes||Crossing|
|Flat surfaces, corners, keyways dovetail ways,
gear teeth, deburring
|Flat surfaces, slots||Pillar|
|Roughening surfaces for hand grips||Checkering|
|Rounded corners, slots, flat surfaces,
junctures between curved and flat surfaces
|Rounded corners, holes, "V" slots||Pippin|
|Rounded inside corners, holes||
|Slots, wedge-shaped openings||Knife|
Keep in mind, there is more to file selection than shape alone. Selecting the correct cut to use is determined by the type of the metal you’re working on, as well as the amount of material to be removed and your desired finish. For example, rapid removal of stock often indicates a cut 00, while working on narrow surfaces would suggest a cut 2 and a fine cut such as cut 4 or cut 6 would be used for final finishing operations.
Types of Files
Swiss Pattern Precision Files: The original Swiss files made in hundreds of shapes and sizes.
Swiss Needle Files: A group of files of various cross-sections with a knurled, round handle. Knurling gives the file a positive, non-slip grip for precision filing.
Escapement Files: Also called small Square Handled Needle Files. A group of files of various cross-sectioned shapes with a length of cut varying from 3/4" to 2-1/2", with square handles.
Rifflers: Originally used and hand forged by die sinkers, die makers, silversmiths, etc., in shapes and cross-sections appropriate to their work. Teeth are cut on small areas on each end and can have a variety of shapes. A long middle portion serves as the handle.
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