Originally Posted by loosie
Yeah, it pays to look after good tools, but good knives aren't that much & tend to last a long time. Rasps, on the other hand, are both the cheapest and the most expensive farrier tool - not that much to buy, but they don't last that long when using them all the time & I feel like crying if I hit some blue metal stuck in the white line with a new rasp!
I hear you about the rasp loosie. I bought a nice one, used it here and there for touch ups. I let a friend borrow it, he left it laying in the grass and it rusted all to heck. So, I bought another. We were in the process of moving and it fell out of the "Horse Junk" box and I ran over it. It snapped! I never even got to use it. (Did you know when they snap they'll puncture a 100$ tire beyond repair!)
Since then I have bought 3 more. I loaned one out and it moved to another state DUHHH Me* The next one my son used to "file" metal on his ATV. This last one, well it is in it's original box, locked in the tack closet, lightly oiled, and has DO NOT TOUCH written on it. Maybe I can wear this one out.....I doubt it though LOL