A couple of years ago, I bought a General Tools 3-in-1 Multi-File (no. 473). I don’t remember if I bought it at retail, or from a tool liquidator at a Woodworking Show.
I gave the 3-in-1 file to my brother-in-law, as part of a larger tool box when he and my sister bought a house. For a DIYer or homeowner who might suddenly need a file, this tool seems compact and versatile.
The concept is simple, and it seemed interesting. There’s a rectangular plastic handle with 3 fold-out files and an end cap that holds them in position. This Simonds 3-in-1 file (available from Wholesale Tool) appears to be the same tool. Given that Simonds makes hand files, I’m guessing that it was rebranded for General Tools.
These days, I’ll often give a one-piece 4-in-1 combination wood rasp and file (examples via Amazon) as part of housewarming or DIY tool kits, but I wonder if the Multi-File would be better. It’s a moot point because General Tools seems to have discontinued it.
I find myself conflicted. I thought it was a good idea to buy for a housewarming tool box gift, but is this something I might have used myself? Probably not, but I can still appreciate the cleverness of the design.