Flat (End Tapered)

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Universally used by all machinists, this file is recommended for fast stock removal where a smooth finish is not required. In addition to being double cut, it differs from the mill file in that it is thicker in the cross section.

For jobs that do not require the accuracy of Swiss Pattern Precision Files, American Pattern Files will provide the best results. Lengths given are length of cut only, exclusive of tangs.

Length Width x Thickness Available Cuts
6" 5/8" x 5/32" Bastard, Second, Smooth
8" 25/32" x 7/32" Bastard, Second, Smooth
10" 31/32" x 5/32" Bastard, Second, Smooth
12" 15/32" x 9/32" Bastard, Second, Smooth

The cut of the file refers to how fine its teeth are. They are defined as, from roughest to smoothest: bastard, second, and smooth.

Comparison of Cuts:

American Bastard Cut —is equivalent to— Swiss 00 Cut
American Second Cut —is equivalent to— Swiss 0 Cut
American Smooth Cut —is equivalent to— Swiss 2 Cut
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