Why should you have a handle on a file?
|Files are sometimes produced and sold without handles.|
|This is because handles can often outlast files. Once a file is blunt, it’s cheaper to replace it than it is to sharpen it or re-cut the teeth.|
|Some files, such as needle files, escapement files and ignition point files, have pre-forged handles instead of tangs. These files are referred to as solid handle files and will not fit inside other handles.
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|Handles are available to buy separately, but wouldn’t it be cheaper just to use your file by gripping it by the tang?|
What can happen if you don’t use a handle?
|File tangs are deliberately made to be narrow and to come to a blunt point. This is so that they can fit inside handles.|
|Holding the file by the narrow tang does not allow you to get a decent grip on the file, making it much more difficult to control than normal.|
|Additionally, having the tang’s blunt end digging into your palm, while having to maintain the pressure needed to hold the tang securely in your fingers can become very uncomfortable after a while.|
|This can distract you and lead to mistakes!|