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Designed specifically for woodworking, Iwasaki Japanese carving files cut rapidly and smoothly without clogging. For optimum performance Japanese carving files should ideally be used either with the grain or across endgrain to produce a cleanly cut surface.
The teeth of woodworking files work like tiny handplanes, Iwasaki files are particularly effective because they have a hump ground into the tooth profile that fuctions like a chipbreaker and encourages the tiny shavings to break very close to the cutting edge.
Iwasaki files are equally suitable for left or right handed use.