Metal Filters. Here you will find tips on metal files and what kind of hand file you want to choose and use when filing metal with handwrap.

Handrails for metal and metalworking

Handrails for metal and metalworking

Usually, the home sniper has the most use for files intended for woodworking. This is obviously logical, as most maintenance and improvement work done on their house is more or less done with carpentry, but with files for metal processing you can do so much more. For example, you do not have to stand your hand in front of sharp metal edges and pipe ends that easily slip on. Conversely, with the right file, you can easily tighten egg tools and make them double effective at an affordable price. Filters are cheap tools.

Metal handles are usually divided into four groups: one or single grade, double-grade, body-grade and rasp-gray. Single-grade files are used for steel and other metals with normal working pressure. The double-grained have two diagonal carvings. In order for them to be effective, a higher working pressure is required than for single-grade. These files are often used for plastics and wood, but are also intended for iron, steel and other metal processing.

The bodywork designation indicates that files in this group are intended for metal only. They are fitted with teeth that have curves over the surface of the file, making them particularly useful for leveling off for example repairs. In this connection, rasps can almost be overlooked. These files, with individual teeth, are almost all intended for rough processing of soft materials such as wood, plastic and leather. However, sometimes a rasp can also be used for aluminum processing.

Files are also divided into different grooves, namely coarse, medium-groove, medium-fine and fine. The teeth of the teeth also follow the length of the file. A medium sized 100 mm file will have finer teeth than a medium-sized file that is twice as long.

This relationship may sometimes make it difficult to choose the correct file. The longer the material to be processed, the longer the file should be, not least because long files give better stability. The length of a file is always indicated without the tow, the picnic bracket for the handle or handle, if it is fixed. There is no art to pre-buy on files. There are enough different variants to be able to do that. Therefore, be careful, especially when it comes to special files, to get the tools as you need them.

Now it's the case that the home sniper who only needs to use a file sometimes sometimes can handle a lot of three files, namely :

1) a sheath file that can be used for both wood and metal.
2) a round file needed for holes and swivel surfaces that can also be used for both wood and metal.
3) a sharpener for sharpening spades, hacks, axes, etc. It should have double degree on one side for rough sharpness and single degree on the other for fine sharpening.


Lifetime of a file depends on how it is stored. Never let the fillet lie against other metal surfaces. Many files are sold in sorted batches in protective plastic pockets, which can be economically beneficial and practical. For filing locks, keys, grooves and other similar finishes, you can use the thin, pointed, so-called space file.

Finer metal work may require double-grade so-called needle-wrap. These files have a round handle, usually 160 mm long, and are often sold in batches. Examples of these files are: ansats (1), flat (2), triangle (3), square (4), half round (5), bird tongue (6), round (7) and knife (8). on sawfiles: flat (1) thin and finely engraved, for example circular and band saw blades, engraved, triangular (2) for fine saw teeth, engraved, double (3) for joints and saw blades, knife model (4) for coarser saws.

Different files

Single-sided, one-sided (1) shear (1), single-grade and double-edged file (2), should be included in the standard equipment.

Double grading file (1), diagonal file (2) Smooth metal, body shape (3) with circular cut teeth.

Chain saw files must always be selected for the respective saw chain.

The easiest way to get rid of chips that reinsert the file is to regularly drag it over a cardboard-coated brush.

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