The Auger Bit File Revisited
August 4, 2012 § 2 Comments
When you write a blog, you never know what posts will be popular, and which ones will languish in obscurity (if we are to judge popularity these days by the number of internet hits). The results are always interesting, and as long as you don’t try and predict such things-you will almost always be wrong-it’s one of the more fun aspects of having a blog. As of today, by far the most popular post on my blog has been the one on the rain barrel stand. But I suspect that most of those views have been by folks who wouldn’t call themselves a woodworker. They often get to my blog via Google Images by searching on such phrases as “how do I build a wooden rain barrel stand”. The second most popular post, however, was what I wrote about Nicholson discontinuing the manufacturing of the auger bit file. Those hits are undoubtedly by woodworkers.
I’ve received a few emails from people wanting additional information on auger bit files. While it’s heartening to see the hand brace being rediscovered by so many, it’s frustrating that the auger bit file is becoming increasingly difficult to find.
A few days ago I received this email from Paulo Celotto Corradi at Corradi SpA.
We read your comments on auger bit files discontinued manufacturing. We write just to inform you that our company-102 years old-still manufactures auger bit files and we at least equal old quality of Nicholson. All our files are 100% made in Italy: no Indian or Chinese rubbish!
I don’t have any personal experience with Corradi tools; if anyone out there does, please comment here and let me know. Lee Valley sells some of their detail rasps, as does Woodcraft. CorradiShop.com is the website that distributes Corradi tools to North America. While the prices there might be a little less than at Lee Valley or Woodcraft, there are much higher shipping costs. So much so that it would likely preclude most of us in North America from ordering just one auger bit file – but it’s good to have options. The auger bit file can be found here. For those in Europe, the Corradi auger bit file on this website might just fit the bill. And it’s nice to see an older, well-established company continuing to manufacture files and rasps in general, especially something like the auger bit file that is seen by many as a relic of the past.
Update (10/21/2012): Tools for Working Wood now carries the Corradi auger bit file.
Corradi also has a series of Gold Precision Rasps. These are well-regarded machine cut rasps that Rob Porcaro wrote about earlier this year. Even with the shipping charges they will set you back less than a hand-cut Auriou.