I’m not sure how old the Surform Shaver is, but I can’t remember seeing one until recently. Maybe I’ve walked past it hundreds of times in the tool aisles but just noticed it now because I recently used a Surform file.
The Surform Shaver takes the screen-like Surform blade, cuts it down to 2-1/2″, and curves it. The resulting blade fits into a 7-1/4″ long polypropylene body that can fit into tight spaces. To shave right up to corners, Stanley exposes the teeth on one side of the blade.
Pricing for the Surform Shaver starts at $3 online. Replacement blades can cost as much as a new Surform Shaver or as little as $14 for 6.
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.
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