These were long overdue, but finally bit the bullet and got some new sets from Rio. I do consider files to be a consumable with the work I do, and would like to get new ones on a more frequent basis. The last set of diamond files (red handle) I bought almost a year ago to the day, being my first serious set I milked them for 6 months longer than I should have. The plan will be to replace every 6 months as the diamond coating was flaking off on some of the heavier used files.
The yellow handled ones are the Valtitan brand of needle files, made for platinum and other hard metals. Since these were in the same price range for a good set of files, I figure Id give them a run for the money. So far they have a good bite on stainless, but time does tell with them. My regular needle files are replaced almost 3-4 times a year…if I can get these to last six months ill be one happy camper.
Home made handles for these were in order and something I do with all my files. I also jot the name of the file on the wooden end for good measure. Yep, the testing will commence.
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