Brian recently posted a teaser review of his new hogger rasp by Shinto. Since his original post, he has had time to explore the new tool and to put it to the test.
Ms Debbie asked me to write a reveiw for my new toy - a shinto saw - and now I've put a few hours into using it so here we go.
I was looking for a rasp on Amazon for fishing lure building and I happened across a shinto saw. I never saw one before. It was only $16, which was around the same as a good regular style rasp, so I snagged it.
A shinto saw is a rasp made of saw blades in a honeycomb pattern, so its lots and lots of saw teeth in a shape about an inch wide. Because of the honeycomb pattern, and the fact its made up of actual blades, the back is completely open. This keeps it from clogging up with cut away material. The overall length is about 13 inches with the blade making up about 9 inches. The blade has a course blade side and a fine blade side.
I use it for shaping my lures. I'm sure I'll find a lot of uses for it in the future, but lures are what I'm focused on at the moment. This saw makes quick work of everything I've used it on, which so far the hardest wood has been red oak. I've also used it on maple, pine, douglas fir and poplar. To make my lures, I often start with a dowel for lures that are traditionally turned, but sometimes I make gliders and swimmers from rough lumber and scraps. These are carved lures, so they can take lots of different fishy shapes
After using it on several different lure projects, I've found that it can do anything a traditional rasp can do, but faster. I have a couple of other rasps so I have a baseline of functionality to compare against. I like that there are two sides - course and fine. The course side absolutely devours soft wood like pine. You have to be careful not to overdo it. The fine side is good for reducing the tooth marks from using the course side. Its not exactly sandpaper, but you can smooth it out to an acceptable level. Anyway, the key is not how smooth it is - its how effectively it shapes your material, and that it does quickly and easily.
You use a shinto saw like any rasp. It works best when your material is firmly secured in a vise. Beware of getting your fingers in the way. I usually hold the material with one hand to steady out vibration while using it and I've nicked a couple of fingers. You get into a rhythm with this kind of work so pay attention your fingers are clear.
I like it and for the price, its a winner.