The Ironmonger records that
a few weeks since a file 19 in. long, 8 in. wide, and 1 in.
thick, was cut at Messrs. Samuel Newbould and Co.ís, Bridgefield
The chisel used in cutting it was
upward of 12 in. in length, and had been made and was held by
Samuel Brooks. The striker, with a hammer 22 lb. weight,
was Richard Wilson, and not a foul stroke was given.
The file is rough on one side, and
bastard-cut on the other. Not one of the workmen, except
the cutter, could be found to say that it was possible to cut so
large a file in one row; but the success was most complete.
The file was admired on account of
its perfect truth and level. The novelty in the file is
this that, instead of being over-cut and up-cut in rows, one row
suffices for over-cutting and one for the up-cut. It is,
consequently, truer than it could have been by the other
The Journal of Society of Arts, November 15, 1867, (London,