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  •  Guy A. Northampton

« I have now used your rasps for a couple of months on various projects and I wanted to let you know how pleased I am with them!

They are amazing tools for cabinet making and carving and I will definitely be adding to my set soon.! »


  • Vladan H., Croatia

« After a week of using your rasps only I can say is – thank you for revealing me a new world of enjoying in my hobby. There is only one word to describe your rasps – « fantastic ».

« I received the rasps yesterday.  I am extremely impressed.  Yours are the best rasps I have ever used.  They have significantly improved the quality of my saw handles and make profiling them remarkably fast and easy.  Thanks for making such fine products.


This was made to the order of a local remodeling contractor for the purpose of cutting crown mouldings.  It is reverse toothed to cut on the pull stroke per his specification.  Your rasps made the work much easier and the final product was far superior to my previous saw handles.  I will be ordering more rasps from you in the near future pending additional orders for my saws.

Rob »



  • Brian J., near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

« Wonderful feel to the rasps, I think I should enjoy learning to use them over the coming weeks.

I look forward to making items worthy of the craftsmen that made them. »



  • Richard S., Boondall, Australia.

« Just a quick note to let you know that my order arrived today (right on time) and I have had a chance to try it out on the neck of a guitar I have as a work in progress.

I can tell you it worked a treat and I am delighted with the result. Its performance far exceeded my expectations!

Many thanks, »



  • Christian A. Norway

« I received the rasp from you, it is amazing. A sharp-elegant-useful masterpiece! My master shoemaker is also impressed. Very soon I will order 2 more.

Thank you! »



  • Andrew M, Maryland

« I know your tools have changed the way I forcast sculptures. I am confident the envisioned shape can be made. It’s a good feeling. »



« Having received the great looking Liogier rasp yesterday…it was time to test it out…firstly on the cheeks….


I was going to cut some of the excess off on the bandsaw but these cheeks don’t have any flat reference base anymore so it wasn’t going to be easy so I made a pad the shape of the handle..inserted the sandwich into the plane and it was tight enough to hold in place while I tested the rasp cut.

I needn’t have worried…this thing cuts like the proverbial knife through butter. Within a few minutes I had the profile I wanted and found myself marching towards the line so fast I had to pull back for fear of getting the profile wrong!

This thing is amazing and worth every penny. I don’t know how better this sapphire model is but I don’t really care…it’s lovely!

The interesting thing is that you can adjust the angle of cut to get really coarse stock removal and then back it off to get a very smooth finish…both are shown here….

At the same time I tinkered with the bun…

I needed to edge the block in the recess to the front to get the right overhang…and I reached for a file and thenI remembered the rasp! (homer)

It worked there as well and very consistently! Not something I would have thought of using it for but the curve was just right. It took seconds to adjust the profile correctly.

Ok…it still overhangs too an infill on steroids…

….but that’s what I want so I can now take the profiles…tweak them and finish up with a smooth infill of the correct shape.

It was getting late and darn cold out there…even with a heat blaster…so I will leave finishing this until tomorrow…but we’re that much closer and all down to that wonderful Liogier rasp….

I may sound like I am exaggerating the capabilities of this tool…but if anything…I am trying to remain restrained.

It’s the bees knees!

More later….

Jim »



  • Dale L. , Luthier in Illinois, USA.

« I have received my needle rasp.  It is beyond my expectations!  It is a joy to use.  I’ve only used it for maybe 15 minutes on different woods.  It didn’t feel sharp to my fingers, but when I started to use it I realized that it cut the wood like a little weasel mouth. 

It cut fast.  It was completely controllable. 

And when it was done, it was ready for fine grit sandpaper.  This little tool is going to become one of my best friends.  I’ve already talked to several other luthiers about it.  I really like the fact that it has teeth on the sides.  Just an amazing tool. »



  • Martin S., Berkley, Michigan USA.

« I received my latest order from you on Saturday, thank you.  The rasps are fantastic!  Very fine work indeed.  Worth the wait!  I am very glad that I discovered you, and your fine tools.  I have been woodworking, off and on, most of my life and never new of such wonderful tools. Anyway, just a note to inform you of how pleased I am with your tools, and you customer service, both are very good indeed!

P.S.  Now I have my eye on some of your rifflers . . .  thanks again »



  • Mitchell Sargeant, Australia.

« I just want to let you know your rasps arrived a few days ago so I’ve had a chance to try them out. They are exceptional! I am amazed at how fast they can cut with such a clean surface resulting in little sanding required before finishing. The detail that you put into each of your tools is extraordinary.

I want to show you my first project where I’ve been able to put your rasps to good use. The attached pictures show the wooden router plane I made where your rasps were used to shaping the curves. The pictures show the before, during and after shots of the router plane which was made from Australian Red Gum. To me, the router plane’s shape now looks as though it’s a drop of water with the bubbly curves. »



  •   J. Broawell, California USA.

« I have used a fellow woodworkers Lioger’s  rasp on a recent project our club was doing for a charitable organization and has never found anything as enjoyable to use in shaping wood. At 30 minutes with the tool convince me to order the number 12 Handle makers rasp. » .


« Acabo de recibir la escofina en el taller e inmediatamente la he probado sobre el mástil de la guitarra que estoy a punto de montar en estos días.

Es perfecta. Ahora entiendo por qué usáis tanto la escofina en Francia, hace unos años trabajé en un stage de Luthería en Fertans -junto a Besançon- y aprendí mucho sobre el uso de la escofina, pero en ese stage no las había de tanta calidad como esta que acaba de llegar. Estoy encantado con mi compra. No sabía que una escofina pudiera proporcionar unos acabados tan perfectos, sin dañar la madera y sin dejar huellas profundas en maderas blandas como el cedro.

Necesitaré más de tus productos, para lo cual te pediré consejo. Mi más sincera enhorabuena. »


« There’s a saying that when a child discovers a hammer the whole world becomes a nail. There’s probably a corollary for rasps, but I’m not sure how I’d word it. »

« I had the same revelation as you a few years ago, then I ordered a few from Liogier and was further amazed, now I have four and don’t see any way around them. I am always amazed by how fast you can remove material yet with a light touch you can clean up the cut and start your sanding at 120 grit. »


  • T. Fredericks, Houston USA.

« I use the three rasps far more than I expected.  I bought them for making knife handles, or scales, and still use them for that quite a bit, but I also use them now where I would have reached for a piece of sandpaper, a scraper or a hand plane before.  That’s why I am ordering more. »


  •   Bruce P., Washington USA.

« I have been using my two rasps more and more frequently.  They are very useful, versatile, and predictable to use.  Very satisfying tool to use.  I want them all. ».


  • Martin S., Michigan USA.

« Hello Noel,

I had the chance to use your wonderful rasps, and I honestly don’t know how I got along without them!  They really are a fine tool.  I feel that I can shape at will, that is to say, the shape I see in my head, is easily and almost effortlessly managed with the help of your rasps.

I am going to place another order with you this weekend. This week I am going to use your rasps, and decide what others I would like.  I also understand that you have many orders, and that this new order will take longer to produce, I am fine with waiting for your fantastic rasps.

Thank you very much
Martin »


  •   Jack, Maryland USA.

« The rasp arrived today.  I love it!  Have already used it on several handle repairs.  I will definitely be a return customer.


Jack »



  • Brian V, Goffstown, NH USA.

« Wonderful rifflers Noel! Thank you very much. A joy to use. Bonjour,

Brian »


  • Dave Zachary, soapstone carver, Manitoba, Canada.

« Hello, I got the riffler and spur the other day but didn’t get a chance to try them till last night.  They work way better than any other rifflers I have tried.  I really like the way there is so many teeth because it makes a much cleaner cut than my old cheap rifflers.  You can sure feel the quality just holding your tools just by the weight and how solid they feel.  The saw edge on the spur works really good for soft stone for cutting small pieces away and clearing out small areas. I love how sharp these are.  I really did not know the difference between good expensive tools and cheap ones.  I could never go back to using cheap tools. »


  • Jeff Acord, Subtel Bend Studio, Belgrade, Montana USA.

« I know for many years now what a wonderful and versatile tool rifflers are.  It has been a real chore to find such tools here in the USA that were the quality of Liogier rasps and rifflers. I recently bought a couple rifflers made by another French producer but was not pleased with the feel of the tool on wood nor the attitude of the person I had email contact with from Auriou when I expressed my concern about the tools performance. 

I then learned about your company from a woodworking partner who is acquainted with a luthier here in Belgrade, Montana, that uses your tools in his guitar making business.  I have since ordered and received three of your creations and use them every day in my wood sculpting studio. » 


  • Capt. Garry S., Australia.

« Hi

 Just to say that my shipment arrived safely in Australia and I am absolutely delighted with your rasps and thank you for such efficient and friendly service. You have a wonderful website, product and service.

Merci. »


  • John C., Violin Maker, UK.

 » Dear Noel,

I was very happy to recently receive one of your rasps as a Christmas gift from my daughter. I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with this tool, which is beautifully made and works brilliantly.

I wish you the best of luck with your business, and look forward to buying more of your tools in the future.

Best regards

John »

« I knew I needed to do something to keep my rasps organized. Not only to appeal to my “need for order but to keep them from rubbing against one another and dulling them in the drawer.

Since I use these almost everyday, I dedicated the top drawer in my main bench cabinet and tried out a few sizes until I found a working layout. The gap between the dividers is 1.5” which is the smallest I could use and still fit the handles in. The dividers are 1/4” thick oak I ripped from leftover scrap and ran through the planer to be exactly the thickness to match my finger-joint blade set for the table saw.

I have both Auriou and Liogier hand cut rasps, although I prefer the cut of the Liogier which better suits my style of use. The black ones in the picture are Liogier Sapphire line which is WAY harder than the others and I wish I had bought them all along – they stay sharp forever.I had several other types and once you have used these the others are just glorified files. »

Full thread in Lumberjocks Forum here.


  • Tony, an UK woodworker

Hi Noel

 I’ve now been using my new rasps for a couple of evenings and they are beyond my hopes or expectations. The difference between them and my other rasps is immense, they cut so cleanly and easily with very little pressure. I absolutely love them, especially the G13 which leaves a lovely finish whilst still removing material quickly. I wish I had heard of you before trying other rasps.

 I will definitely be ordering again! (a G6 or G7 soon 🙂 )




« This tool works amazingly fast and properly. The stitch #9 you have allows even rough initial shaping. Nevertheless the surface it leaves is relatively fine. To my understanding the quality Noel makes belongs to the very best. Worldwide. »


Full post on UK Workshop Forum here.


  • Brett Gregory, Katoomba

« I can’t believe how much I use Noel’s rasps, and how much they have changed the way I do some things, or indeed make things possible. »


  • Richard Waltz, Illinois.

« I received the rasps yesterday and they are awesome. I can tell I will reach for the smaller one frequently. Give the stitcher(s) my thanks for a great rasp. I’m sure I will be ordering more in the future. »


  • Bill Bronaugh, a boat building student at the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville Michigan.

« Noel, I cant thank you enough! What a wonderful tool you have made me. The performance of it is just amazing and the feel of it in the hand is just so very comfortable.
I had started to second guess my chouce of grain size, wondering if it would be aggressive enough but I am completely satisfied with it. It cuts fast and also very cleanly leaving a surface that is very easily cleaned up.
I like the handle. It too feels very nice. It is quite ergonomic and a handle is a welcome addition to any rasp or file.
The overall fit and finish of it is very pleasing, high quality and a refreshing and welcomed change from other mass produced tools, particularly rasps and files whach are very hard to make look and feel like a high class tool. You however, are able to do this.
Very Kindest Regards, »


  • Tony M.

« Your rasps arrived today, they are exceptional. I am hopeful that your family will make these tools this way for many more generations. I am looking foward to future purchases.
Much thanks – Tony »


« I got the handlemaker rasp, I have tried it, it is very sharp and works a treat. Although I am slowing down in plane making, it will be a treat to use it and I am sure I will use it often.

Many thanks. »


  •   &   Members of the WoodNet Forum

Jokerbird (full message here)

« A few weeks ago, I decided to complete my collection of rasps.

I had 3 Auriou rasps which I bought from Lee Valley a while back.. A round, a #6 and a #10. So I decided to buy Liogier rasps.. To round off the collection..

I got a #13 and two model maker rasps, a #11 and a #15 ..

These are fine rasps, but I wanted that..

Gotta say, the Logier are very nicely made .. Outstanding .. A real feeling of quality ..

The handles are different.. not better or worse to me, just different.. At first I didn’t like the black rings but as soon as I started using the #13.. It went away .. lol

At this early stage, I would say the Liogier are every bit as well done as the Auriou.. Anyone who is into rasps will know, that is a real compliment..

I am commenting on the Liogier without commenting on the Auriou because IMO .. Auriou are well known in my neck of the woods as being the top end..

If I needed another rasp, today, I would not hesitate to buy a Liogier and hang them in the same rack as my Auriou ..

Top shelf stuff..« 



« I too have both Auriou and Liogier. I cannot truly say that one is better than the other as both are superb. If I were forced to choose, I would choose Liogier for two reasons, neither of which have to do with performance.

Liogier are cheaper, and Liogier come in hard plastic cases which protect the tool better than Auriou’s flexible plastic sheath.

This is just one man’s opinion. »


« I did want to let you know how much i LOVE the rasp you made me….it is everything I was hoping for and more. Fantastic job…well done!!!

Thank you again….keep up the great work. :)  »


  • Shoji, a professional Shoemaker in Japan

« It is fantastic! You are the best rasp maker in the world. I will make good shoe last with your rasp. »



  •   Members of the WoodNet Forum (

« I have several Liogier hand stitched rasps which are made in France. I would compare them to Auriou rasps as every bit as good and less expensive with a wider selection.To make matters even better, they offer left and right handed rasps at no additional cost. »

« I recently bought a few of Noel’s rasps and find them superior to the Auriou ones out of the box (wrap). They use a similar hand-stitching process as Auriou but they seem to cut better. When the time comes to replace my older Aurious I will only be going to Liogier. The personalized handles option is very cool also. »


      • Popular Woodworking Magazine, April 2012

« I ordered a couple of cabinetmaker’s rasps and have been using them for the last few months.These tools are a delight to use, and well worth the price.

I tested a 250mm No. 9 grain and a 200mm No. 11 grain. These are middle of the road in size and grain, and either would be a good introduction. The handles are comfortable, the teeth are sharp and consistent and the tools simply felt like part of my hand. They remove material quickly, but with an amazing amount of control. The finish left on the wood is nice; a quick follow-up with a card scraper removes the fine tooth marks.

The variety of sizes, shapes and grains (coarseness of cut) of available tools is staggering, and left- and right-handed versions are available. Start with one, use it for a while and you’ll soon be ordering more.« 

Robert W. Lang

Link to the magazine here.


« Tus escofinas son posiblemente la mejor compra que he hecho en mucho tiempo, son absolutamente imprescindible para alcanzar los resultados que alguien exigente como yo necesita, tus herramientas son impresionantes y totalmente satisfactorias, estoy muy contento con ellas y te aseguro desde aqui que siempre se las recomiendo a todos los amigos con los que hablo sobre el tema. »


      • Richard Wile, a skilled woodworker in Nova Scotia, Canada

« The rasps arrived a while ago and have had a chance to use them a few times. Here’s a shot of the flat rasp doing a tenon cheek. Scroll down a couple of pics.
I have also been working on shaping the rest of the seats for my dining set and have to say the rasps are amazing and they cut like nothing I have other used before. You have a new convert, I will be ordering more soon enough! Keep up the great work! »


      • Gareth, a member of UKworkshop Forum :

« I have had a chance to look at the rasp this evening and it is quite a tool. My experience of rasps is minimal and confined to a very cheap set from B&Q that is considerably coarser than the Liogier. Nevertheless I will compare and contrast.

A lump of unsuspecting pine 10 strokes of the B&Q witha fair bit of pressure

10 strokes of the Liogier with

light pressure

Boy can you feel it cutting!

Rounding over B&Q Rounding Over Liogier More detail of the same

The cutting power is amazing and far better than I would have thought just looking at the grain of the Liogier Rasp, the coarser rasps must be like a belt sander. As you can see the difference on the pine is huge with virtually no shredding of the fibers just a beautiful cutting action. The difference is less marked on the Walnut but the smoothness is in a different league and would take hardly any sanding for final finishing. »

Full thread here.


      • Douglas, another member of UKworkshop Forum :

Very first impressions brilliant. I read the Pop Woodworking review and had to go check one thing. The obvious competitor is Auriou, and PW imply the price is similar, but I think not. I had looked at one Liogier rasp at around 48 euros… about half the price of the Auriou.
I need to investigate more, but I tested the Liogier briefly on the nastiest piece of oak I had, and it is very easy to control, fast to remove stock (relative to it’s grain) and leaves a very good finish. These rasps may well be heading to my ‘need’ list

The day after :

“Spent a little time with the rasp now, not much but enough to know it works extremely well. Here’s a very quick test on some African blackwood, end-grain. Light pressure, varying the stroke angle for a great finish which took under one minute.


The rasp produces fine particles, not dust. I felt that light pressure was generally enough, especially for the final strokes. It’s very comfortable to hold and use, with balance forward over the blade. The handle is nicely finished beech – not fancy but done well.”

Full messages here.


A couple of days later, he additionally commented : « I rate it very highly, up with the more expensive Auriou. Along with Steve, I will be ordering v soon. 5 star plus from me.


Next post here : Had a quick try-out with the new 6″ half-round – it is going to be very good indeed. The 13 grain is capable of a really fine finish, by reducing pressure to very slight, and varying the orientation across the stock. But these rasps are also capable of removing stock quickly (even the finer grain ones). A very worthwhile investment I think, and a world away from the cheap machine-cut ones« 

      • Jim, another member of UKworkshop Forum :

« The rasp comes in a protective plastic box which is great as these tools are often damaged by other hardened steel nearby. The steel is obviously high quality which would be expected in a high class product but I was a little disappointed by the handle and pressed ferrule…I guess I am a bit of a traditionalist, preferring a brass ferrule….it’s just a small point and doesn’t of course affect the quality of the finished cut.

The stitching is a work of art… and a pleasure to see.

Having watched the video it is clearly done by a true craftsman, something to be admired.

So…I thought I would try some softwood first because I happened to have a piece that was a stand for my model yacht…which has been modified by my new puppy!!!

That is quite a lot of stock to remove for a fine rasp…but it only took a couple of minutes… …and it was done.

Of particular interest was the amount of control you feel with this rasp. It goes where you steer it and for anyone doing some accurate shaping… You can be assured that it will quickly take off the waste but not overcut at all where you don’t want it to. I deliberately tried to finish in straight lines by eye and the result was impressive. On the round side…again…cutting was easy, quick and accurate and finally on the transition…V-grooves and other shapes can be cut with ease.

This is an expensive tool but great value given the work that goes into itand the results it produces. »

Full message here.


      • Larry, a canadian woodworker :


I ordered 2 rasps on the webstore, cabinet maker #9 and flat iron #9 10 days ago, on a Friday. Within 30 minutes of ordering on-line I received an email explaining that they did heat treatment on Thursdays so my order would ship the following Friday. This morning Canada Post was at my door step with the package. Fantastic service, faster shipping than ordering within Canada or from the USA.
Comparing to my Auriou rasp, both #9’s, the teeth on the Liogier appear to be deeper set and sharper.


Noel, thanks for the great rasps and the excellent service from easy on-line ordering, timely email confirmation to delivery.« 

Full message here.

      • Michael H., an australian woodworker :

« Noel I received your rasps today and they are, simply put, staggeringly good. Thank you for keeping a craft alive into the 22nd century! »


      • Rod, a member of UKWorkshop Forum :

This is an excerpt from a comparative test done on the forum UKWorkshop by one member for the other forum members. The complete message is here.

« When I purchased my Aurious a few years ago I tended towards the finer grades as they remove material at a tremendous rate and the Liogier is no exception. I worked on the walnut for no more than 3 or 4 minutes and the rasp left a very clean finish that would only need a bit of sanding to complete.


The Dick ones are not in the same league. Their cut rate is much slower and they leave a coarse finish. Comparing the two French ones is more difficult especially as I did not have identical types to compare.
They both perform very well. The stitching on the Liogier is more uniform/accurate and has a nice balance.

The Auriou handle is perhaps more stylish but the Liogiers is more chunky and I preferred it as it fitted my hand better.

The Liogier much cheaper than the Auriou. »

      • Robert W. Lang, from Popular Woodworking Magazine :

« I took some time yesterday afternoon to put the 250mm #9 grain, and 200mm #11 grain into action in shaping this walnut handle, and was pleased with this short test drive.

Both rasps were sharp, removed material expeditiously and left a nice surface, everything I would expect in a first class rasp. These also had a great feel to them, nicely balanced and with a great deal of control. Some tools feel like they are part of your hands, and these are in that class of tool.

There is a video on the company’s website that shows the process, and when you understand the work that goes into making a great rasp, they begin to seem like a bargain instead of an extravagance »

Full article here. And his comment a few days later :

« Definitley comparable in quality to the Auriou. I got the standard finish in order to make a better comparison. »


      • Mark Aylward, an australian professional woodworker (his website) :

This is an excerpt from a post made on the Woodwork Forums.

« Like many others on the forum, I was already drooling after seeing a thread on the rasps and their manufacture. I had plans of buying one to see how good they were, the video on their web site looked amazing and was enough to convince me I should spend some money on one of these hand crafted delights.


I made my choice of weapon (300mm cabinetmakers in 8 grain, right-hand, base model “Traditional”) and Noel Liogier made and posted it to me just before going on holidays. To ensure I was comparing apples for apples I bought an Auriou 6 grain which is also hand made in France as a comparison. The grain was slightly different but close enough that I thought I could judge how good or bad they are. I already had several near new Nicolson rasps, a 49 and 50, as a mass produced comparison.

On getting both the Liogier and Auriou they looked almost identical, similar length, weight, toe tapper and handles. I got the Auriou first so had used it on a couple of small jobs first and had thought that if I had known how good they were I would have bought one years ago. Compared to the off the shelf varieties that I had had in the past, this was a whole different ball game. Then the Liogier arrived and I started on my next carving. I compared the two rasps side by side and yes the Liogier was even better again. I could not only feel the difference – I could hear the difference. Even when the rasp was fully loaded with wood filling the grains the Liogier would still cut. The Auriou is still a very good and very similar rasp and I would still be very happy to buy another but Noel’s are just that much better again.

I also found myself using these rasps for a lot more jobs than I have in the past as they are so much better to use. Even to small jobs like putting the bevel on a dowel before driving it in, they are a joy to use. »

Full thread here.

Another post from the same user a couple of weeks later, here : « (…) when I was doing the carved legs on the other table I got to give the rasps another good run but as before even though the Liogier (8) was a finer grain I found it took more wood off quicker and smoother than the courser Auriou (6) »


      • Robert, a retired wood and stone carver, UK :

« The company « Liogier » are producing undisputably the finest hand made rifflers and rasps in the world ».


      • Dave, a woodworker in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA :

« Using your rasps is an intoxicating pleasure !« 


      • Paola, sculpteur à Paris, France :

« Je découvre vos outils. Je suis heureuse de voir que des artisans sont encore à nos côtés car sans de bons outils on ne peut pas faire grand chose ! Bravo aussi pour votre site, notamment la vidéo est bien faite et très instructive .« 


      • René, ébéniste d’art dans le Vaucluse, France :

« Bravo! Votre savoir-faire est magnifique et la qualité de vos outils est à peine croyable. Vous mériteriez de vous faire mieux connaître… »

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