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Guide updated on 18th April 2019 to recommend the Bahco file.

Guide updated on 14th October 2019 to remove the recommendation for a four-in-hand farrier's rasp as this is not hardened.

Guide updated on 11th November to recommend a bastard cut file too.

A 12” (305mm) file is usually the longest length used in woodworking and metalworking, Paul recommends using a 10” (255mm) or 12” (305mm) flat file ideally with second cut (medium) teeth, but a bastard cut file will work well too. The difference is simply the size of the teeth. We purchased this Bahco 10” file from Amazon, it costs £22.25* and Paul uses it daily. He would recommend this as a first choice. This is also available on

*Price correct as of December 2019


  1. Glen on 31 October 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Can you confirm the link is to the correct cut? On Amazon it seems to say it is bastard cut not second cut as recommended.

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 11 November 2019 at 3:19 pm

      Hi Glen,

      Paul says a bastard cut works well too, we have now updated the guide to include this.

      Kind Regards,

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