Deburring & Finishing Tools

Deburring and finishing tools cover wide range of handheld devices used for removing rough edges and imperfections from worked materials.

Proper use of high quality files, burrs and grinding pin sets can dramatically improve the final appearance and feel of your work, leaving you with a far more professional-looking and user-friendly finished product.

What types of deburring tools are best for which jobs?

  • Engineers files are the generic name for most types of hand file, typically consisting of a sturdy length of metal with teeth cut into one or both sides.
    • They’re typically used wherever excess material or rough edges needs to be removed from a wide range of materials, including both wood and metal.
    • They’re good for a range of crafting techniques, including deburring, shaping and smoothing
    • They’re available in a very broad range of tool types and specific uses, including mill files, taper saw files, crosscut files, can saw files, auger bit files, flat files and warding files
    • Choose a full file set for the easiest way to get all the essential file types in one handy package

  • Needle files are a smaller file type used for shaping, smoothing and finishing materials such as metal, wood, plastic, ceramic, glass, stone, and polymer clay.
    • They come in numerous different profiles: Round, Half Round, Barrette, Pillar (Flat), Warding, Knife, Crossing, Square, Oval, Slitting, Crochet and Three Square (Triangle)
    • See also thread files (also known as thread restoring files) for a tool specifically designed with teeth that fit inside screw, nut or bolt threading to clean them out or cut away any blockages

  • Burrs (also known as rotary files) and burr sets are small cutting tools that usually consist of a rounded cylindrical piece of metal, again with teeth cut into one end.
    • They’re most commonly used to neaten and smooth the rough ridges (’burrs’) of a worked object/material, or to grind down any sharp edges left after drilling, welding or pipework - his is known as deburring
    • Burrs and burr sets are available for use on most materials, including steel, aluminium, stone, ceramics, hardwood, and plastic
We also stock a variety of grinding pin sets, as well as many types of ergonomic comfort-fit file handles, ideal for upgrading or maintaining your existing deburring tools.

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