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choochoo_baloo23/04/2019 01:47:31
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Hello all. Please can someone clarify what these Swiss/needle file cross sections show,

1. I assume each face with single hashinh = single cut.

2. A blank face (no hashing) = safe edge?

3. Therefore are Swiss files e.g. Vallorbe always single cut?

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JohnF23/04/2019 11:28:27
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I think you will find this is a schematic diagram to show only the shape of the file and which edges have file teeth on, as you rightly say where there are no hashes its a safe edge.

Most of my needle files are Grobert [Vallorbe] and are double cut, recently I have tried Bacho Swiss made needle files and find them very good also less expensive then Grobert.

John

Guy Lamb23/04/2019 12:23:14
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If you are looking to buy Swiss files I would consider getting a round, half round, flat and square of the Grobert/Vallorbe brand (excellent in my opinion) because these are likely to be the ones you use the most. Additional files you can then acquire if and when from cheaper manufacturers as you won't use these nearly as much. Many good competitive retailers of jewelers tools on 'Orinoco'.

Guy

Ketan Swali23/04/2019 14:11:10
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Posted by choochoo_baloo on 23/04/2019 01:47:31:

Hello all. Please can someone clarify what these Swiss/needle file cross sections show,

1. I assume each face with single hashinh = single cut.

2. A blank face (no hashing) = safe edge?

3. Therefore are Swiss files e.g. Vallorbe always single cut?

1. Your picture is from Arc's website. If you are referring to it, then, as JohnF said: 'this is a schematic diagram to show only the shape of the file and which edges have file teeth on, as you rightly say where there are no hashes its a safe edge.'

2. The needle files sold by ARC, based on the picture, are 'Swiss Pattern' - broadly speaking similar to Vallorbe, but, these files are made by Tome Feteira in Portugal, and sold under the brand names of Bludan-Austria and Tome Feteira. These files are mainly double cut.

3. Tome Feteira makes 'standard' needle files - available off the shelf from them, as well as 'Swiss Pattern' which are made against special order only. Standard needle files are much cheaper than 'Swiss Pattern'. For needle files, ARC only carries stock of TF's 'Swiss Pattern' needle files. ARC does not sell TF's 'standard' needle files.

Ketan at ARC.

JohnF24/04/2019 08:25:50
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Hmm! Very interesting Ketan, I assume from what you say the Swiss pattern are made to a higher standard than the standard needle files ? Price looks good I’ll try some next time I need files.

regards John

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