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Re: Files, rasps, floats, rifflers, etc

Actually according to manufacturers, a second cut file is between a bastard cut and a smooth cut file.
The file you are referring to as a second cut is REALLY known as a flat file.
A mill cut file, one of the more common file cuts, has a single set of strikings all parallel.
The flat file has two sets of strikings, each at a two different angles creating what appears to be individual teeth shaped like a pyramid.

Some nicholson half round files are mill cut on the round side and flat cut on the flat side

As far as a file and a rasp being similar they most definitely are. They share a similar shape, they both cut surfaces and share a common basic purpose. The exact details and how they are made are different. That does not make them disimilar.

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