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A file is a metalworking, woodworking and plastic working tool used to cut fine amounts of material from a workpiece. It most commonly refers to the hand tool style, which takes the form of a steel bar with a case hardened surface and a series of sharp, parallel teeth. Most files have a narrow, pointed tang at one end to which a handle can be fitted.


A rasp is a tool used for shaping wood or other material. It consists of a point or the tip, then a long steel bar or the belly, then the heel or bottom, then the tang. The tang is joined to a handle, usually made of plastic or wood. The bar has sharp teeth. Rasps generally cut more coarsely than files.

How to clean a file

To get all of the metal shavings out of a file you can use a wire brush, but it won't get the file really clean. To get it really clean, take a piece of copper pipe, split it half way lengthwise, then flatten out the split section. Run this "scraper" across the file to clean out all the little bits. (see video below)

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