Conveniently located in the Toolmonger Flickr pool, this image shows the coarse, deep ridges found on Vixen files. Like Bridgeports, they’re named for the most common (though apparently now-defunct) manufacturer. Vixen files are ideal for soft metals, and they do their job better than the usual bastard file. While most files are designed for material removal from hard metals, Vixens use relatively dull, widely-spaced teeth which deburr soft metals beautifully and can manage oddball materials like fiberglass. The teeth are wide enough to make clogging nearly impossible.
Vixen files are pretty hard to find at good prices. Your local hardware store is unlikely to stock them, and industrial supply houses will charge quite a lot. Production Tool Supply’s costs $23. It seems silly to order such a basic tool online, even if they were readily available. But unlike fine and bastard files, there aren’t many manufacturers, so prices are inevitably high. The cheapest way is to comb antique stores — not venues famous for their embracing of the Internet, leaving us to find old-fashioned tools the old-fashioned way.
Vixen files [Production Tool Supply]