Razor Files

Razor Files

Razor Files Large flat

Large flat

Item # 4161
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$55.21

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Razor Files Large curved

Large curved

Item # 4162
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$55.21

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Razor Files Tapered flat

Tapered flat

Item # 4178
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$81.36

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Razor Files Tapered curved

Tapered curved

Item # 4179
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$81.36

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Razor Files Small flat

Small flat

Item # 4165
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$33.26

Razor Files Small curved

Small curved

Item # 4166
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$33.26

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Razor Files, Set of 2 Large (flat and curved)

Set of 2 Large (flat and curved)

Item # 4164
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$110.42

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Razor Files, Set of 2 Tapered (flat and curved)

Set of 2 Tapered (flat and curved)

Item # 4168
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$162.72

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Razor Files, Set of 2 Small (flat and curved)

Set of 2 Small (flat and curved)

Item # 4170
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$66.52

Razor Files, Set of All 6

Set of All 6

Item # 4171
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$339.66

 
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Razor Files

About This Item

Super sharp and super efficient!
Imagine putting hundreds of little razor-sharp planes to work while you're shaping an instrument neck.

They're the sharpest fine-cut woodworking files we've ever used. They cut quickly and aggressively, but leave the wood surprisingly smooth. You'll discover they're real time-savers for shaping solidbodies, custom jigs and clamping cauls too.

A new manufacturing process is the key to Razor File efficiency. Rows of semi-circular plane-like teeth are chemically etched to extreme sharpness, and diagonal grooves are milled at strategic intervals to minimize clogging. Available flat or curved, each steel Razor File has "safe" smooth sides (the flat file cuts on both faces). Early samples of these files were quickly snapped up by our R&D guys for testing in their own shops, and they immediately loved them.

Large and tapered files include easy-grip contoured handle for safe, comfortable use. Threads inside the handle grip the file tang securely. Handle length: 3-5/8" (92.07mm)

Large files remove a lot of wood fast. Use them for roughing-in neck blanks or embarking on that solidbody guitar project. Includes easy-grip contoured handle for safe, comfortable use. Threads inside the handle grip the file tang securely.
Cutting surface: 7" x 3/4" (1800mm x 19mm)
Overall length including handle: 12-1/4" (310mm)

Tapered files offer a bit more versatility than the large files. Use them when shaping a volute on an acoustic guitar neck, blending in curves, or working on tricky spots like the horn of a solidbody guitar. Includes easy-grip contoured handle for safe, comfortable use. Threads inside the handle grip the file tang securely.
Cutting surface: 7" (180mm)
Tapers from 3/4" to 5/32" (19mm to 4mm)
Overall length including handle: 12-1/4" (310mm)

Small files are for more detailed shaping work: tight contours, corners and smaller surfaces. The handle is rubber-coated for comfort.
Cutting surface: 3-7/8" x 3/8" (98mm x 10mm)
Overall length: 7-7/8" (200mm)


Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Final-shaping a neck with files and scrapers

Shaping a neck is all about feel. Chelsea Clark learned from Dan Erlewine, and honed her skills on abandoned "project guitars" found on Craigslist and eBay. Chelsea shares some great tips on shaping the neck and preparing it for a finish.

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4.0

Great for scalloping fretboards!

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I bought a large flat and a tapered file in order to make my necks processing easier. Actually I find the teeth too coarse, or "sticky" and the file rather "catches" than to go smoothly if you work with normal force. I suspect during the time when the teeth become not so sharp the things will improve. But! I discovered one big advantage of the tapered file. It is ideal for scalloping fretboards. You can process all the frets with just one file and it does the job precise, easy and fast.

5.0

Amazing Files!

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These files are great! I wasn't sure if I would like them or not but figured it was worth a try and it is my new favorite file. It takes a little getting used to because it cuts differently, but that's a quick transition and they perform beautifully. It feels like it cuts more like a plane blade rather than a file. And it leaves a MUCH better surface quality afterwards as well. Rather than file marks everywhere, it leaves the surface more like a scraper would. I love them.
Keith

5.0

Small Flat File

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I have bought a fair amount of tools and supplies from Stew Mac as an aspiring mandolin maker and have yet to write a review. I decided to take the plunge and get the smallest cheapest one to give it a try. This little bugger is slicker than deer guts on a door knob. Cuts amazing and great for those hard to get areas. I only wish that the curve of the biting surface was opposite on the opposing side of the file. Sometimes its easier to pull or push depending on grain direction. However this a minor niggle. Hopefully it will last a long time.

5.0

Excellent tool for neck shaping

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I wish I had one of these years ago. It makes shaping the heel and headstock transition on a neck a breeze. It cuts beautifully. I usually find rasps too coarse for this job. I currently only have the small curved file, but I'm definitely going to get the other ones as well. The only thing I didn't like is that the one I got was bent in the middle. Maybe this happened during the packing process. Not a big deal at all (I straightened it out), but worth mentioning.

5.0

Sharp as razor!

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Verified Buyer


Amazing rasp - leaves smooth and nice surface, removes wood fast. Pervect for slotted headstocks and heels

5.0

Great for heel shaping

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I just used the round tapered file to shape a heel and cap. This file is amazingly sharp and made short work of making a comfortable heel and matching rosewood cap. I have other files but these are really sharp and take off a lot of material with little effort. Thanks.

5.0

Amazing!

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Verified Buyer


I have never used a razor file before and I was blown away by how well these work. Razor is an apt name. They cut like razors! I got the two small files and a large flat file. I'm impressed with how easy they are to use, in that with light pressure they still cut smoothly and with heavy pressure they REALLY cut deep and smoothly. I was skeptical of the price, but these are so worth the cost. They are valuable tools!

4.0

Razor Files

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works as advertised. good for shaping and cleaning up stuff with curves, like necks. The bigger one would probably be useful with a larger radius....if you do a lot of this

5.0

Razor Files are Great!

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Verified Buyer


These files are excellent quality and work great. Great profiles and sizes too. Highly recommend!

5.0

Make the dull razor file sharp

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I love these files, probably in the top ten best things to buy on this site. The way they works like a rasp and the same time glides over hard cellulose lacquer without a scratch is great!

The only drawback is that they will get dull after some use (as any other sharp tool). Not anymore. I put the dulled file in a 30% hydrochloric acid solution and let it "cook" over night (about 10 hours) and the file will be sharp again! Beware of the acid, use plastic gloves and goggles too for safety. Put the file in a bicarbonate solution straight from the acid bath to neutralize the acid, make it dry and put some oil on it. File away :-)

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