New Crappy Files

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  1. Jim L.

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    With the lack of being able to find nice new files locally, I've been forced to deal with lower quality files.

    As we all know Nicholson files are now "Hecho en Mexico" and seem to have at best, 75% life expectancy of their former "Made in USA" brethren.

    Here's a pic of some of my "collection" of old dead files....

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    I have to put handles on my files that are compatable with carpal tunnel.

    I have discussed with @jasam my obsession/compulsion to "nice them up" a bit. :rolleyes:
     
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    A wee bit of common sense kicked in and I decided that was too much work for crappy files, sooo...... a trip to the forge (sorry, no pics :2: ) to heat the files enough to release the epoxy.

    (cont.)
     
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    Now enter the crappy files...

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    Next, a step I highly recommend; rounding the shoulders. Trust me, your thumb and fingers will thank you...

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    Yes, I know, they aren't even but, obsession to that point is illness ( :rolleyes: ).

    Time to find a good use for hot glue.

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    I filled the void with hot glue, heated the rat tail just a little with a small torch and pushed it right in...

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    Ta dahhh....

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    YMMV...:rolleyes:

    Thanks for looking, Y'all.
     
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    I've come to the conclusion that a belt grinder is a cheaper investment than trying to find good files anymore.
    OK, you can get into places with a file that you can't with a belt grinder, but I've spent way to much on crappy files just the same.
     
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    I would like to see the process of "nice them up".
     
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    Someday, maybe. Right now l have a bunch of handles with no files....:rolleyes: The two pictured above were purchased a couple years ago before I heard of the Mexican Cartels taking over at Nicholson.
     
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    The Nicholson Mexican files are absolute garbage. I use files A LOT. And I will never again buy a crappy Nicholson file... news which, I'm sure, would just break their little corporate hearts...

    I went on a spree a few months ago, buying as many USA made new old stock files I could find. I also discovered the Bahco brand files, which are made in Portugal, and get pretty good reviews by gunsmiths and other people who actually use files, so I bought some of them, and they seem pretty good. FAR better than the Mexicano files. I had to order them, of course, just like everything else, since no one actually carries anything I need in a store. And, they're not really any more expensive than the crummy files at the hardware store. So I definitely recommend them over any new made Nicholson file-like-object. ;)
     
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    I buy all the 2 dollar Nicholson files I can at garage sales
     
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    Harbor Freight has a life-time warranty on their files. They are inexpensive and when you dull them take them back for new, fresh ones.
     
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    I wonder what the difference between old, US Nicholson and new, Mexican Nicholson is that makes their files crappy. Is it the steel, or could it simply be the hardening process?

    I wonder if they were rehardened after annealing that their performace would improve.
     
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    I don't know what's wrong with them. They seem to be hard through and through, as they're plenty brittle. The steel itself apparently just isn't up to snuff. They dull and wear out VERY quickly.
     
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    I found some Plasti-cut files at a local tool store. From what I gather they're meant for filing laminates and plastics, but the one I bought has done well sharpening axes.
     
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    @actichy thanks for the tip. I'll have to check out those Plasti-cut files.
     
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    If you come across across them Grobet files are good ones, not usually cheap, I to have experienced the crappy new Nicholson files.
     
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    when i was a toolmaker apprentice back in the eary 70's i was given a complete set of nickleson's, including 3 differant sizes of needle files and rifflers, and i'm still useing them.
     
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