The files themselves are standing up very well, but am I using the
wrong tools altogether?
Well, Kim, if you're getting the results you want, nobody can tell
you you're doing it wrong!
I think most of us are tool-aholics (I know I am), but I would not
be without at least a nice 8" half-round #2 file, a good set of
steel needle files, and I love my set of teensy 4" needle files for
confined areas. I also have a (quite expensive) full-sized crossing
file (curved on both sides) that I love, but cannot now find in a
Of course, I have many other files-- riffler, flat, fine, coarse--
but I could get along with just the half-round #2 and the needle
files, if I really needed to. As long as I still had all those nice
3M abrasive papers, and my flex shaft with all its burs and wheels,
AdvantEdge, Shofu, Mizzy...I would like a file with a
cross-section like a tear drop without a point-- all differend
curved surfaces-- or like my crossing file, but with rounded
edges... oval, but with two different curves... something like that.