Rasp Choices

PeteStaehling

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I am adding a few rasps to my list for Santa. I have been thinking that the Narex, but not the $$$ hand cut might be the right bang for the buck for my usage. Right now I am thinking of asking for a fine 8" rat tail and a fine 8" rectangular. I already have the fine half round so the 3 piece set is not an option. I figure I might add the coarse ones later either one at a time or as a set. I am curious what other folks thoughts are on rasp choices.
 

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I use rasps often with the sculpture work I do, but I'm not that particular about the brand. I have an Auriou high dollar cabinet makers rasp, and have some of the cheapest from Amazon;

like these, I will probably never buy an expensive one again, as the ones above do a fine job at a fraction of the price. For fine rasping, I like medium cut metal files. I prefer half-round pointed tips in all rasps/files, the most versatile IMO. I don't have any experience with Narex though....
 
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Rasps are handy tools, I don't own anything except some cheapies and a couple of farriers rasps. For fast stock removal you cant beat a plain old surform half round very sharp and the blade is replicable.
The one I have is a 10 inch that came with a flat blade which is the only way I have ever seen them sold I had to purchase the half round separate . The whole thing can be had for less than $25. I used them quite a bit when I was into carving rifle stocks . I could rough out a sporter stock with the half round in a couple hours.
 
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