Needle Files and Filing

Which needle files do you need for wire jewelry making?
How do you use them?
Are there any alternative options?

Best Quality

Grobet Swiss files are of the best quality and are widely available. The files are made of high quality steel. They are machined and finished for precision shape, accuracy and balance.

I bought my Grobet files when I started getting serious about wire jewelry making. I bought only two shapes and two cuts... a cut 2 and cut 0 of both a round and equalling shape.

I could have used many of the other shapes since, but I have not really had the need to go and buy more shapes.

Where do I use it?
I use the files to...
file the ends of wire when needed and
specifically the ends of earwires.


  • cut 0 is coarse
  • cut 2 is finer
  • cut 4 is finest
Cut 0, 2 and 4 are available in round and equalling Grobet files.

Shapes Available...
When you ask for a needle file at a store you will have to specify what you want.
Most important... you need a flat filing surface like
  • equalling (parallel in width and thickness) file and
  • sometimes you need a round shape for inside corners like a
    round (needle shape) file.
  • other shapes available...

    • barette
    • crocheting
    • crossing
    • half-round
    • joint round edge
    • knife
    • marking
    • oval
    • slitting
    • square
    • three-square
    • warding


Hardware Store
You can also buy needle files from a general hardware store.
I haven't tried these. So I cannot comment on how well they work.

But, I would give these files a try...

if I was brand new to jewelry making and
these files were inexpensive and
Grobet files are not readily available.

Tool Tip
Nail files with three or four different grits of sanding paper (yes, it's just like sanding paper) has a permanent space in my toolbox. These files (even used ones) work very well in wire jewelry making. I use them on earwires after using the needle files. And sometimes I use them without using the needle files.

Using Files

Hand Action
Your hand action is only in the forward direction. The file only cuts in the forward movement. It is best for your file's life expectancy to be used in this manner.

You can use a "support" to file on. Something that is not going to damage your file when you file against it by accident... something softer than the metal of the file like a rubber block, a piece of wood or a bench pin.

Always work with your coarsest file to the finest file. However, you don't have to dig in with a rough file, if you just want to smooth out a teeny tiny uneven bit.

Storing Files
Take care not to let the files get damaged by other tools (including other files) that you store them with. Store the files in a position where the files will have no friction against hard surfaces.

More About Files
Click on the link if you are interested to learn more about hand files and what the different shapes look like.

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