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I'm not really interested in getting expensive files. I just want something cheap and local. Where do you guys suggest? The only place I've found files suitable for mini's was at a hobby shop that isn't around here. Does Micheals? If anyone around Minnesota can answer more specifically, that would be sweet.

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I just purchased a pair of round diamond files from overseas. They cost under $13 each, and came in 600 grit, and 900 grit. I've been prepping minis all day today, and have never been happier doing filing work. But, I'm sure that will wear off--it is still prep work after all. ^_^ But, right now, these are the awesome-est files ever! :wub::wub::wub:

 

If you've only tried 220 grit from Micromark, I think you are probably working too hard. ::P:

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I just purchased a pair of round diamond files from overseas. They cost under $13 each, and came in 600 grit, and 900 grit. I've been prepping minis all day today, and have never been happier doing filing work. But, I'm sure that will wear off--it is still prep work after all. ^_^ But, right now, these are the awesome-est files ever! :wub::wub::wub:

 

If you've only tried 220 grit from Micromark, I think you are probably working too hard. ::P:

 

 

Where did you get them and what brand are they? I am curious as I hadn't seen files of that grit. Also, assuming files are like sandpaper, higher grit means smoother finish. Using the 220's would actually be faster for removing flash and mold lines. However, I wouldn't mind a set of 900 grit for ultra-smooth finish work.

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Eternal Tools is where I ordered from in the UK. It took almost three weeks for my order to arrive to the Chicago area. Overall, I'm happy with the products, packaging, and service, and intend to order from them again. They even have a handy currency converter on their website. All prices include shipping, so no hidden charges. I'd buy my files again even if they charged double, or even triple the price! I expect these will easily last a lifetime for filing pewter.

 

I cannot recommend enough the fine (600 grit) and ultrafine (900 grit) small diamond files. The round files I bought are absolutely perfect for minis! With these new tools, mold lines melt away like butter under a hot knife! Okay, not really--but, very, very close! Did I mention they are better than whatever files you're using right now? ::P:

 

As for quality, if you look around their site, you'll see that they are a specialist in diamond tools, especially as it relates to watchmaking. They sell some great stuff. Vallorbe swiss files cut 8 (the finest grade) are available through them, which are recognized as THE WORLD'S BEST FILES (used by swiss watchmakers). [i got me a cut 8 file too, just to compare. I like it. But the price difference doesn't justify the miniscule performance difference IMO. The cut 8 loads more easily, while the diamond just keeps cutting through all the while.] They carry diamond drill bits, diamond polishing paste, diamond slitting discs, a precision carbide drill set, and more.

 

Although they don't list who manufactures the diamond files I purchased, I will not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who wants a FANTASTIC diamond file! In fact, what are you waiting for?! Go on. Click it. You NEED these files! ::D: Did I mention the cutting like butter part? :wub:

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