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    Disappointing Delivery

    I carry an old unknown Chinese/Taiwanese 8" 4-in-hand rasp and file in my tool bag. I never thought much about it until now that it's lost its bite. I ordered what I thought would be a spiffy replacement. A genuine 10" Nicholson product.

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    Here's what came in the mail. A made in Colombia unfinished, poorly made waste of manufacturing. The file patterns didn't make it to the ends or sides, the stock was poorly shaped and pure disappointment. My old one is next to it for comparison. I realized when taking the photos that the old one was actually hand stitched.

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    To the vendor's credit they refunded my purchase. I had asked them to just ship me another one after getting an eyeball on it, but they said they couldn't because the product was drop shipped from their supplier. I think I'll try to find another Chinese made rasp, the European ones are to spendy for what I need.

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    Dan Gonzales
    Whittier, CA, USA
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    thanks for the heads up dan, i wont be lending out the two that i have and will be watching for another good one.. they are a go to tool huh
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    Dan, I have a similar file that is stamped JK India. It looks to be much better made than the one you've shown above.
    I Googled them here http://www.jkfilesandtools.com/ProductDetails.aspx & page 10 of their PDF shows their "Shoe Rasp" http://www.jkfilesandtools.com/Produ...FilesCat06.pdf. Perhaps this is what you are looking for. May be worth a call to their US distributor.
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    I've seen a couple of places that offer file/burr sharpening. The one below offers one free file/burr sharpening to new customers (might have to like them on FB or something), might see what they can do for the old one.

    http://www.boggstool.com/
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    +1 to Bogs, they're highly recommended by a lot of folks I'd trust. I haven't personally sent anything to them but have been setting aside a small pile of old but salvageable files from yard/estate sales so they'll get a bunch here eventually. You aren't likely to get a 4 in 1 thats close to your old one unless its new-old-stock, you're just really lucky or you pay a whole lot more than the nicholson cost so resharpening is probably the best way to go.

    Side note: I haven't heard anything good about nicholson for the last few years, they've really been burying what was a really good name in mud!

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    You may want to check out this Swiss made number ...
    http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/pag...84,42524,69909

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    Nicholson was THE name in files when I was a kid. If you wanted a good file you just, automatically, purchased a Nicholson.

    It is a different world that I live in now. Then was then and Now is now; each had its advantages and disadvantages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Bailey View Post
    You may want to check out this Swiss made number ...
    http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/pag...84,42524,69909
    Hmm, my experience with other Grobet tools has been universally good (I have some saw files and some needle files from them). For that price imho it would be worth a shot.

    I'd still get the old one sharpened though Can't hurt to have a spare... are rasps like hand planes where you can't have to many? perhaps... perhaps..

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    I'm going to be stalking ebay for a 10"/250mm 4-in-1 since I really want a larger one. If it needs sharpening I'll send it off to Boggs. It looks like the JK files are a good option if I can find a dealer, I'll call them up to see.
    Dan Gonzales
    Whittier, CA, USA
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