When I first received my new
riffler from Noel Liogier, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of
I’ve never used one before and have
no idea where they could be handy. As I held the tool for the
first time, it seemed so tiny… almost too delicate to be
The form itself is quite unique.
Think of it as a double-ended rasp in miniature.
On one end of
the riffler is a straight tongue shaped with a taper… similar to
a knife file, but cut with rasp teeth. The teeth are the same on
both sides of the tongue and cut into the edge as well.
On the other end is another tongue, but this one is concave
on one side and convex on the other… well… kind of like an
actual tongue with rasp teeth on both sides. And just like the
rest of the Liogier range, the teeth are hand-stitched.
So, much as I am often inclined to
do, without a clue as what this tool could be used for, I turned
to history to help me decipher its typical uses.