Best Hand File Sets

Best Hand Files For Metal: What Are They?

Hand files are used for cutting metal. There are various types of hand files available which are designed to cut different metals. Some of them have sharp edges while others do not. The type of file you use will depend upon your needs and what kind of work you want to accomplish with it.

There are two main types of hand files; flat and serrated. Flat files are generally made from hard plastic or metal. Serrated files are usually made from steel, but they may also include other materials such as stainless steel, titanium, brass and even some plastics.

The best file for cutting metal is one that has a sharp edge so that it cuts through easily without causing damage to the material you’re working with. A good example would be a flat file.

Serrated files are generally made from metal and are sharper than flat files. They tend to cause more damage when cutting through metal, however they can still be useful if you need to cut through something like plastic.

Another consideration is whether or not the file should be able to cut through multiple layers of material at once. If it cannot then it’s probably better suited for another task rather than being used on metal.

How To Find The Right File

Hand files are an important tool to have around the shop. When looking for the right one you’ll want to make sure that it’s always cut-resistant and comfortable to handle. Paper thin metal files are available and can be found in a wide range of cuts. The most common being flat, double cut, ground and French cut. There are also other types of hand files that you may or may not have heard of such as half round, oval, square and riffler files.

Half round files are probably the most useful one. They look like a serrated knife blade rather than a simple straight edge. They’re great for sharpening as well as removing material.

Oval files are usually smaller with more of a point at one end. They can be great for getting into tight spots and can also be used as a scraper.


Square files are generally used for sharpening as they’re easier to hold and keep stable compared to round files. They can also be used for removing material but it’s probably better to use a half round file for that.

Riffler files are small hand tools that have multiple notches in them. They can be used for a variety of jobs such as cleaning out grooves and slots. Some people also use them to create decorative patterns on metal.

There are many other types of hand files available but these are some of the most popular ones. If you’re ever in doubt as to which one to pick then go with the half round file. It’ll serve you well in just about everything that you do.

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