Back In Time: The Nicholson File

In 1864, William Thomas Nicholson revolutionized the file manufacturing process with his improved file cutting machine superior files could now be produced in mass rather than cut by hand making them affordable and more consistent in quality.

Soon after receiving patents for his file making process the first Nicholson production factory opened in Providence Rhode Island within three decades Nicholson file company had grown to become the world’s most recognized name and files producing over 36,000 per day at estimates showcased at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago when over 3,000 unique styles of Nicholson files and rasps.

Today Nicholson continues to be the leader in files and rasps, and in addition is one of the top manufacturers of saws for cutting wood metal and other materials plants in Brazil Colombia and Mexico. With more than 50 million products annually utilizing over 5,600 tons of steel worldwide, Nicholson products are available in over 80 countries and play a vital role in agriculture forestry and manufacturing.

Nicolson files are made of superior quality steel and are cut with the famous nicholson process the result teeth that are more consistent and last longer than any other file or rasp each and every Nicholson file is hand inspected and tested no product leaves the plant without the Nicholson quality promise Nicholson’s tradition of quality is evident in the brand’s famous slogan 12 perfect files in every dozen and that’s as true today as it was 150 years ago.