Best Hand File Sets

Updated April 2019
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A hand file is one of the most basic and essential tools for wood and metal projects, and a set with a variety of shapes and sizes is a great tool to have. Hand files work similarly to saws and typically have teeth facing one direction, usually resulting in a pushing motion. However, some files allow for 2-directional filing. Hand files have different tooth patterns and sizes that result in a range of uses and coarseness. Understanding what type of files you will need is an important part of your decision. Most hand files are made of carbon steel. Comfortable handles and an organized carrying case are also important considerations.

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