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File Card

“Always keep your knives sharp and your files clean.”  I added that last bit, but regardless of who says it, it still holds true. A clean file cuts faster, saving time and frustration. To keep your files in top working order, you need to get your hands on a file card like this one from Woodstock International.

This particular file card sports polypropylene bristles on one side for cleaning rasps and removing dirt and rust from files.  Stiff metal bristles on the flip side will remove embedded filings.

You shouldn’t have to pay much more than $6 for this or any file card.

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5 Responses to Have Clean Files At The Ready

  1. Jax says:

    Looks like a dog brush to me

  2. Benjamen Johnson says:

    Jax,

    You know I was going to write a line like don’t mistake this for a slicker brush, because it really does look like one, but I thought better of it.

  3. Bryan says:

    Make sure that you very carefully use a brush like this in the direction of the cut of your file or the hardened steel teeth on the card will dull the teeth on your file.

    A simple trick to remove stuck bits of metal on a single cut file is to take a small piece of brass or copper and rub it in the direction of the cut. The metal is sift enough that it will deform into the grooves and pop out any embedded filings.

    Another trick is to run the file over a piece of chalk before filing soft metals. The chalk dust will keep the file from getting clogged as fast.

  4. Rob says:

    Those are good tips Bryan. I went to the local hardware store to get one of these about a year ago and when I asked where they kept them, they sent me to the INDEX CARDS. Once I explained it, they got me to the right place.

  5. Fred says:

    Aluminum files and “floats” – some with broadly spaced teeth – and others like babbit (the stuff that used to be used for bearings) floats – with curved teeth – do the job without clogging.
    During WWII – with lots of aluminum being used in aircraft production – pots of hot lye (sodium hydroxide) wre used to clean the files. The Lye attacks the aluminum but not the steel file. I wonder what the folks at OSHA would think about that old practice.

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