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GeoffT26/01/2022 16:13:08
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20220126_091119.jpg20220126_090927.jpgHi, I came across this the other day and wondered if anybody knows what it is.

It looks like a small file but the two faces are smooth, the edges have very fine teeth like a file. It is 150mm long x 6mm wide x 1.5mm thick. The handle is stamped with Bedford, Sheffield, England and it has a number 4 stamped on.



Clive Brown 126/01/2022 16:22:59
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It's a fairly standard needle file for filing the base of a narrow slot. Many other shapes are available. Bedford is the maker's trade-name. The 4 will be the "cut", fairly smooth.

Edited By Clive Brown 1 on 26/01/2022 16:23:43

Brian H26/01/2022 16:25:30
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Usually known as a warding file I believe, due to their use to cut the ward (slots) in lock components including keys.

The are useful when filing slots as they will only cut on the edge and do not widen the slot.


Rod Renshaw26/01/2022 17:26:14
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I agree with Clive's thoughts, but I am not so sure about it being a warding file.

I understand a warding file to be a slimmer version of a normal "flat file", usually double cut on both flat faces and single cut on both edges, and used by locksmiths and others needing narrow slots.


Edited By Rod Renshaw on 26/01/2022 17:42:13

Edited By Rod Renshaw on 26/01/2022 17:42:46

Ketan Swali26/01/2022 17:43:18
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Link: Joint Square Edge Needle Files

It was discussed on this forum in 2018: Link

Link: Joint Round Edge Needle Files

Ketan at ARC


Edited By Ketan Swali on 26/01/2022 17:51:13

GeoffT26/01/2022 19:18:02
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Thanks for all the answers. Just shows you never stop learning!


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