Skill and Tradition

History

LIOGIER has produced in the Haute-Loire (Auvergne, France) for four generations hand-stitched rasps and rifflers, tools of excellence for wood and stone carving or shaping, carpentry, manufacture of moulds and models, furniture restoration and marquetry, violin makers, etc..

LIOGIER was founded in 1920 by my great grandfather Marcelin Liogier. In 1947 the company was taken over by  Noel Liogier, and then in 1962 my father Marcel Liogier became the holder of our family know-how. Since 1980, I am responsible to perpetuate this legacy.

 

All our tools are entirely produced by our craftsmen, handmade from forging to tempering. Our unique quality results in the best tools for smoothing wood or working with stone. For unmatched smoothness, each  tooth is created one by one with our home-made hammers and punches.

 

In addition, for greater comfort our rasps have a tapered profile and are stitched to the tip and on the edges.

 

Very efficient in roughing, the LIOGIER hand-stitched rasp also provides unsurpassed smoothness in finishing and precision work.

 

Our usual range is the broadest in the world : it has 810 rifflers and rasps, created by sixty models and fifteen stitching grains.


In addition, each tool is produced in two different ranges (Traditional and Sapphire) according to the worked material (softwood, hardwood, stone, plaster, cellular materials, resins, hard plastics, aluminium, etc.) to maximize bite, chip removal and the life of the tool.

 

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Finally, upon request, we will produce any tool of our range with specific teeth for left handers.

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Why such a wide range? To provide a solution precisely tailored to every need. Because to have the best tool, it is not enough to have a tool perfectly manufactured, you must also have the right tool for the job.

 

If you hesitate to invest in a hand-stitched tool over cheaper rasps mass produced by machines, at least try a hand-stitched tool before you make up your mind!

The durability and cutting power are impressive as well as the quality of the resulting surfaces.

Noël Liogier

Tradition and Know-how

The quality of the finished tool depends primarily on the « grade » of steel used (its chemical composition) . But also the processes used in construction :

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The forge : the shape is made from a specific carbon-alloy steel bar with good malleability.

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The shaping operations (grinding, polishing and rectification) give a perfectly smooth surface necessary for the quality of the edge and the shape of the teeth of the future rasp.

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Hand-stitching : the stitcher then forms each tooth individually, using homemades special hammers and punches. A great mastery of the hammer blow determines height, angle, shape, distribution and bite of the teeth.

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Tempering : to obtain the optimum hardness of the teeth, the steel is again heated to 805 °C (1.480°F) and then rapidly cooled.

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The 2 ranges : Traditional & Sapphire are each optimized for different uses.More information below :

Technical innovation : the SAPPHIRE range

In addition to the Traditional range, we have developed a new technique to further improve the performance of our tools.

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  • Incredible Hardness : 3,800Hv (Vickers), simply the toughest in the world !
  • Bitting : significantly improved and therefore increase the capacity of removing material effortless.
  • Rust : very resistant in a corrosive environment without lubrification protection.
  • Long-lasting : keeps its cutting power four times as long as the Tradition range.

 

This the « ultimate » tool! More efficient for all materials, this range is especially recommended for hard materials (hardwoods such old oak, hard plastic type Altuglas Ertalon, etc.).

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