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RASPS?
« on: November 08, 2019, 09:24:23 PM »
Getting ready for my journey into the selfbow world. I have been prepping for a few years and now have about 30-40 yeller staves and want to start this winter. I have also been slowly gathering the tools I need. I have read a bunch on rasps and it seemed that the Nicholson 49 and 50 were the gold standard for years but quality seems to have dropped significantly? I noticed a big difference in quality of their files when they went foreign. What would you recommend to someone getting started? I have the buy Quality-buy it once mentality, but also don't want to totally break the bank. I have been looking at the Torges rasp and would like some input/opinions on what you like or what you wish you would have bought.

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Re: RASPS?
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2019, 09:30:04 PM »
Other than Nicholson 49 and 50, a good farriers rasp works nice.

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Re: RASPS?
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2019, 09:37:08 PM »
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Re: RASPS?
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2019, 08:23:40 AM »
I only use Grobet rasps I would never go back to Nicholson these rasps never seam to dull I have hand cut glass sight windows & even glass doesn't slow them down there more $$ but worth every penny !

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Re: RASPS?
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2019, 09:15:13 AM »
Gonna hafta check them out....

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Re: RASPS?
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2019, 12:50:02 PM »
The #49 and #50 are very similar. If you decide to buy one either will work but be sure is is US made. Farriers rasps are very useful and relatively cheap(about $20 or less) or if you know a farrier you can sometimes get them free. My old one came from a farrier that couldn't use it anymore. It has made many bows and still cuts well.
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2019, 08:31:11 PM »
The new Nicholson 49 and 50 rasps aren't quite as good as the old ones were, but they're still good, and better than any dept store or big box store junk. I use newer model 49's and 50's, among others, and they're just fine.

I got a pile of used farrier's rasps from a horseshoer and gave or threw them all away. They don't cut at ALL like new ones, so I buy em new. I like the tangless Nicholson farrier rasps, with the orange plastic on either end. They're more comfy to use, imo.

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Re: RASPS?
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2019, 02:12:33 PM »
Thanks for the info.
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2019, 02:22:04 PM »
Also you might want to check out the Shinto rasps they are cheap & can make quick work on most woods ,I primarily use those for ruff work & switch to cabinet rasp for finer work !
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Re: RASPS?
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2019, 02:29:59 PM »
 Shinto rasps..

I bought one and gave it away...

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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2019, 02:32:44 PM »
There pretty aggressive rasps but I like them , what didn't you like Roy ?
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Re: RASPS?
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2019, 03:44:05 PM »
I have a Shinto I like and use too. When I got it it had a strange handle on it I didn't like it so I got rid of the handle and just use the blade/rasp.  I like the rounded portion of the #40/#50 for working around the fades and any curved or crooked areas.
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Re: RASPS?
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2019, 04:06:39 PM »
I bought the one with no handle on it & it's longer to I went to buy the same one for a gift for a bowyer friend & couldn't find the longer one ,If I don't work tomorrow I'm going to use it to ruff floor tiller my stave tomorrow ,I like it quick & controllable !
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Re: RASPS?
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2019, 04:14:18 PM »
I ordered a shinto and told them I wanted one just like Ritchie has.

They sent me a pink one...

I gave it away.

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« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2019, 05:12:30 PM »
That's ok this is a diverse community here you can have what ever color rasp you want ,the older I get I'm just happy to have a rasp that still works  :bigsmyl:
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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2019, 06:44:01 PM »
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« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2019, 06:59:47 AM »
This is the Shinto its basicly a bunch of hack saw blades stacked together it particularly works good on osage just took off 1/8" of wood smoothly in a few minutes it can be slid for smoothing I could do a whole bow from start to finish with it and some sand paper if I had to ! But I wouldnt be surprised if it doesn't turn pink soon  :biglaugh:



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Re: RASPS?
« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2019, 09:38:43 PM »
The Shinto's are definitely different!
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Re: RASPS?
« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2019, 01:56:39 PM »
I prefer a sharp well made farriers rasp,  shinto, and some USA made Nicholson half round rasps and files.   I haven't found a USA made #49 or #50 yet but I'm still looking.  You could get by just fine with the farrier and shinto with a file to remove tool marks.
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Re: RASPS?
« Reply #19 on: November 18, 2019, 02:37:25 PM »
I use a Heller Black Master Farrier RASPs, little more money than most farrier rasps, about $44.00.

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