Guide updated on 18th April 2019 to recommend the Narex Rasp.
Guide updated on 14th May 2019 to recommend the Shinto Rasp.
Guide updated on 14th October 2019 to remove the recommendation for a four-in-hand farrier's rasp as this is not hardened.
Although a hand stitched rasp makes for a more effective cut and finish compared with the machine made ones, as it has irregularly placed teeth, this also makes them much more expensive and less of an entry-level tool for beginners (they usually cost over £100).
For a beginner, Paul would recommend the Shinto rasp (£23.89* from Amazon UK). He has tested this and is happy with the performance, so this would be his first recommendation. If you wanted one with a round he recommends the Narex 8” Half Round rasp (£19.97* from Amazon UK). He has tested both of these out and is happy with the performance. We purchased this from Amazon UK with free delivery. These are also available on amazon.com
*Prices correct as of January 2020.
|Note: We purchased this similar looking rasp which was not to the same standard and Paul would not recommend buying.|
For a less expensive option, Paul recommends gluing a sheet of abrasive paper on a scrap piece of stock. The piece of wood should be about 10”-12” long, 1 ½” wide and ⅜” thick. One for more aggressive stock removal should have 60-80 grit, a medium level is 150-grit and a fine level 250-grit.