Hand Files

Hand files can be either American Pattern or Swiss Pattern. These files are most often sold individually but are also available in sets that contain the most popular styles. American pattern files are commonly used for larger jobs and rapid removal of material as they tend to be more industrial in nature.

Most files have a narrow, tapered tang at one end to which a handle can be fitted. The tang can also be used to hold the file in a vise to free up your hands.