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Instead of raised teeth, the Shinto Saw Rasp uses high-quality saw blades. This open-web saw tooth design eliminates clogging, and its up-to-the-edge teeth allow you to get into corners where your normal rasp won’t go.

Shinto Saw Rasps are offered in two different styles: the first looks like a normal rasp with the saw rasp head, and the plane style has a two-handed offset handle and a replaceable blade. Both styles have a coarse side with 11 teeth per inch for rapid material removal and a fine side with 25 teeth per inch for finishing.

The rasps can be used on wood, plastics, fiberglass, and soft metals. Prices for the straight-handled saw rasp start at $20, and prices for the plane style handle saw rasp start at $25. A replacement blade for the plane style rasp saw runs about $20.

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4 Responses to A Rasp Made From A Bunch Of Saw Blades

  1. Michael Pendleton says:

    These things are *super* aggressive! I’ve only used them occasionally because they take off so much material at once that it’s hard to control. The openings between the blades means that the tool doesn’t get clogged up with material like a regular rasp would, but I think it is also one of the reasons why I always end up making more vicious gouges than smooth passes. I keep thinking it’s just a matter of practice, but haven’t caught the hang of it yet. When I want super aggressive stock removal, I’ll get a power tool (probably a 4″ grinder with some kind of fancy wheel) and when I want something with more control, I reach for a regular rasp or file. It seems like this tool falls into a gap of use that I don’t encounter.

  2. Brau says:

    Interesting photo. Shows the rasp being held against a beautifully routered edge, I suppose to give the impression it can produce such a finish?

  3. Dave P says:

    That’s a hand-formed edge. Those dark lines are layout lines. You can see that the radius isn’t fully formed on the left-hand side.

    It is quite possible to achieve interesting and beautiful results without using power tools, or even sandpaper, if your irons are sharp.

  4. Echo Archery says:

    The shinto rasps are great. I use them in bow-making classes and they are always a favorite of the students. The one challenge is that when first getting comfortable with the tool, it can easily create a “gouge” if an edge catches and runs deep. But once you get the feel for making smooth passes with the tool flat on the stock, it is a great alternative to traditional wood rasps.
    Echo Archery

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