Updated April 08, 2019 by Tina Morna Freitas

The 6 Best Hand File Sets

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in June of 2016. Once you've completed the rough sanding down of a piece of wood using a power sander for convenience and speed, one of these hand file sets will let you get the precise finish you need for items that require fastidious workmanship. Our selection includes kits that are perfect for custom furniture making or for any woodworking project you have in mind. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best hand file set on Amazon.

6. Mulwark Premium

5. Central Forge Precision Needle

4. Woodstock D3112

3. Craftsman 3-Piece

2. Apex Tool Group Nicholson

1. Simonds All Purpose

Editor's Notes

April 08, 2019:

The Simonds All Purpose was ranked first for it's unmatched quality, classic wooden handles, and the completeness of the set as it provides a fine and coarse version of each tool for cutting and finishing. The Apex Tool Group Nicholson was a close second and may be preferred by some for their more utilitarian comfort grip handles, especially those who put in long hours on these tools.

For the hobbyist just dipping their toe in the water we added the budget-friendly Mulwark Premium because of the wide variety of sizes provided and it's great price per tool while still being made from hardened carbon steel.


Tina Morna Freitas
Last updated on April 08, 2019 by Tina Morna Freitas

Tina Morna Freitas is a writer who lives in Chicago with her family and three cats. She has a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in English, and has built a freelance career over the years in writing and digital marketing. Her passions for cooking, decorating and home improvement contribute to her extensive knowledge of all things kitchen and home goods. In addition, her 20 years as a parent inform her expertise in the endless stream of toys and equipment that inevitably takes over the homes of most parents. She also enjoys gardening, making and sipping margaritas, and aspires to be a crazy cat lady once all the children are grown.


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