Carver Files Rifflers Rasps
What is the difference?
Files, rasps and rifflers allow you to shape and smooth wood with much greater control than normal edge cutting tools. Rasps have individually raised teeth. Files have straight chiselled edges and cut more slowly than rasps but give a finer finish. Rifflers are double ended, and either file or rasp cut.
Although graded for coarseness of cut, files and rasps of a specific grade will vary considerably depending on their size (larger rasps in any cut being coarser than smaller rasps of the same cut), and even on the manufacturer. The size and number of teeth on a rasp can vary from a very coarse cut (for rough shaping of wood) to extremely fine (for working curved surfaces in sculpting, carving and furniture detailing).