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Can Someone Recommend Some Rasps?

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I'm looking for some decent relatively innexpensive rasps for shaping stocks. I was looking at the Pferd second and smooth cut half rounds and the Nicholson #49 and 50. I've heard good things about Nicholson rasps but I understand their quality isn't what it used to be.

 

Anyone use either?

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I'm looking for some decent relatively innexpensive rasps for shaping stocks. I was looking at the Pferd second and smooth cut half rounds and the Nicholson #49 and 50. I've heard good things about Nicholson rasps but I understand their quality isn't what it used to be.

 

Anyone use either?

 

I use Nicholson and you also may be interested in Sure Form type tools.

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Next time you are my side of town, swing over to woodcraft. They have (at least had) a nice selection of microplanes. That and scapers. They are over at ford and lilly.

Don

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Completely forgot about the surform type rasps.

 

Don, I'll have to check out Woodcraft again, I can always stop in at Ikea for some meatballs afterward. I went out there some time ago to pick up some Solar-Lux (great stuff) but didn't have time to look around much. If the Microplane wood working products are as good as their kitchen products I'll definately give 'em a try.

 

So, looks like my new rasp list includes a round and flat surform type and a smooth cut steel rasp? Time to stop using that cheap stuff.

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The Nicholson #49 is excellent, IMO. The 'fine-ness' of cut is easily controlled by how much pressure you apply. Kinda' makes the #50 a 'not needed' item. Files and rasps weren't ment to last forever and they don't. Hard wood is more abrasive than most believe. Even when those Nicholsons were MADE IN USA, I could turn a #49 into a #50 shaping just one stock (from a blank). There is another company, located in France, that advertises/makes fine wood working tools,,,, but I haven't tried them out yet, as I have a good supply of Nicholson 'made in USA" to use up, first. www.ligonier-france.fr

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