I just purchased a Bahco file set from workshopheaven. I chose this set because it was cheaper to buy as a set than individually plus you get a tool roll with it with an additional two pockets to fit my other two files.
I usually avoid sets of any type as you don’t get what you want, but I was very lucky that they offered exactly what I wanted.
The set comprises:
- 150mm Smooth Cut. A high quality double-cut smooth hand file, made from alloyed high-carbon tool steel. 6″ (150mm) from shoulder to tip, 15.7mm wide, 4.0mm thick, with parallel sides, one safe edge and one single cut edge.
- 150mm Engineering Second Cut Round. A true rat tail file, straight for 1/3 of the toothed surface at 6mm diameter, and then gently tapered for the remaining two thirds, down to about 4mm diameter at the tip. Second cut toothing provides rapid material removal and, with care, a surface that requires little or no further finishing.
- 150mm Engineering Second Cut Half Round. Possibly the most versatile file you will ever own, for flats, hollows and sneaking into corners, the perfect combination of efficient cutting and a clean finish.
- 150mm Smooth Cut Feather Edge File. Strictly speaking the Bahco ‘wasa’ feather edged file is designed for sharpening saws, but it is one of those tools for which you soon find a multitude of other uses. The combination of shallow profile and very fine teeth create a superb finish in places that other files cannot reach.
Each file is fitted with a wonderfully comfortable Holtzapffel pattern Walnut handle with solid brass ferule.
Free 6 pocket Canvas Tool Roll to keep your files clean and tidy, with room for a couple more.
What interested me was the feather edge file aka “wasa” what ever that means. The seller claims it’s designed to sharpen saws. What type of saws? It got my eye when I browsed through his website and am lucky it appeared in the set. It looks interesting and I’m looking forward in seeing first hand as to how it performs. It has very fine teeth and they claim it gives and unbelievably smooth finish. I wonder? The only file I forgot to add to the list was a square cut. Oh well next time I suppose.
Files are really one of the most useful tools in the shop and not just for metal work.
It cost me with shipping around AU$85 (British pounds 52). I noticed PayPal currency converter isn’t correct or they choose to charge you more. I took a gamble and used my card’s currency converter as they didn’t state how much it would be. Ironic isn’t it? It paid off as I saved $5.
It’s a shame I cannot locate individual Bahco files in Australia. Bahco files are as good as the old Nicholson’s once were. Nicholson today produces rubbish. I bought some over a year ago and not only didn’t they perform well, but blunted very quickly. After Paul Sellers recommended Bahco I never looked backed since.
The sad state of many tool shops and probably this is a worldwide epidemic of the uneducated clueless salespeople, is that they don’t know the quality of the tools that their selling. If they did, they wouldn’t stock Nicholson and therefore it would force Nicholson to improve their standards. Clueless salespeople mislead clueless people and if a clued on person challenges them, then they’re ignored and brushed off to the side.
I could of kept my money within Australia but instead I was forced to go overseas. Financially it’s a loss for both, materialistically I got the best. I will always buy the highest quality tool I can afford, and if I can’t afford it now then I will patiently save up for it and buy it when I can. I will never settle for second best, those I leave for everyone else.