PFERD Pillar Checkering Files

PFERD Pillar Checkering Files are used to make “Jimping” on the spine of a blade.

It provides a better grip by giving the users thumb (or sometimes an index finger) something to bite into as it slips over the blade while working the knife. A checkering file is used to make true, accurate line spacing when checkering backstraps, trigger guards, grip frames, ribs and hammer spurs; anywhere an improved gripping surface is needed. Finer cuts give a nice matting effect to reduce glare and light distortion.

The procedure is very similar to wood checkering. Layout your master lines, then establish the pattern by moving the file a few teeth each time using the previous lines as the guide. Once the pattern is fully laid out, bring to final depth with a 60° needle file.

Notches down the spine of a blade created to provide grip on a knife beyond the bolster. Many knives, especially pocket knives, have very shallow or widely spaced non-functional notches that are used solely for aesthetic purposes.

These smaller files are ideal for jimping / checkering on the spine of pocket knife blades and smaller fixed blade knives.

150mm length x 12mm wide

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H0 – 30 TPI (medium jimping), H00 – 20 TPI (medium jimping)



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