This odd-looking contraption is a Noga Multi-Burr deburring multi-tool, model RG1000.
In case you’re not familiar with the name, Noga makes very good deburring tools that work with a broad variety of blades and attachments.
Basically, Noga deburring tools and attachments are designed for cutting, scraping, and shaping metal and plastic materials for finish quality or safety purposes.
I have posted about Noga deburring tools before, and have been a big fan of the brand for around 15 years now.
Noga does more than just make deburring tools – they also make machining cooling accessories, magnetic and articulating holders for precision instruments, and accessory arms for cinema, videography, and photography industries.
Here, the contraption shown above can best be described as a deburring multi-tool.
The Noga RG1000 Multi-Burr features an S10 blade, N2 blade, D50 scraper blade, and 10.4mm countersink blade.
- S10 – deburring blade, works best on steel, aluminum, plastic
- N2 – deburring blade, works best on brass and cast iron
- D50 blade – scraping blade, ideal for tool and die makers
- RD10.4 – 1-10.4 mm 90° countersink blade, works on steel, aluminum, plastic
The tools can be locked into position for use and then folded back to the handle for carrying or storage. Noga says that a single spring lock is used for all of the tools.
This puts 4 of what Noga says are their most popular multi-purpose tools, into a single quick-access pocketable handle.
Noga doesn’t explicitly say so, but the tool’s description suggests it’s compatible with like-model-number replacement blades. If that’s the case, you might be able to swap accessories with other styles, but users are left on their own to determine compatibility.
Most brands’ deburring tool handles, Noga’s included, often allow for quick blade and accessory changes. Still, it seems convenient to be able to fit 4 useful styles of tools into your pocket, tool bag, or tool box, without having to carry separate handles or change things with a single handle as needs and tasks change.
This isn’t going to fit everyone’s needs, but I thought it was interesting enough to write about. If you’re not at all familiar with Noga deburring tools, take a look at their basic handles first, which can be found for $12-16.
I used a lot of Noga tools when I had my machining business. I still use them in my home workshop. That said, I can see right off the bat I would NOT want this tool. Answer is simple: ergonomics. When you have a batch of parts to deburr it can involve a lot of repetitive motion. Often times there could be a lot of force involved, or perhaps you need to hold the tool at an awkward angle. That means that ergonomics really matter, and this does not look like a comfortable handle to hold for long-term or hard use. I would much rather have a standard handle for ergonomics alone.
As far as convenience goes, this isn’t helping much either. Most Noga tool bits interchange with a retracting locking collar, sort of like how most impact drivers hold 1/4 hex bits. Those are very fast to swap. And most Noga handles are hollow with storage inside. So instead of this fold-out tool with a goofy handle one could simply have a standard hollow handle with a few bits inside it. Swapping the bits with the collar is about as fast as folding one tool in and folding another out yet has a much better handle, both in terms of comfort an also in terms of reach.
It does look like this tool uses the standard Noga consumables which fit their other handles. You could easily replace the blades when they get dull, or perhaps change them out if you want a different style of blade.
Definitely doesn’t seem appropriate for your use case – but I think it would be pretty neat in my home tool box. I’m usually deburring one of something I just made, not repetitively deburring a batch of parts.
I’m not suggesting this is the best version – I think you’re right that I’d rather use each tool separately. But the novelty of it…
I like it!
Apropos of nothing, except this post reminded me of Noga, I want to buy the Noga RC3300 reversible countersink set. Seems hard to find in Canada – does anyone have a source to recommend?
How is the awl looking one used?
It’s just a straight scraper…multipurpose hardened metal. Used gently the point can be used for very tiny passages/holes. Takes some muscle memory like the others but I think you can get a little better control with these as opposed to the dog legs (on a regular tool, anyway, not sure about this fold-out configuration).
Three years since the first Epiphany about deburring tools, and Now they have an all-in-one to take the guess work out of picking which tool you need?
I’ve been agonizing over the models since you first blew my mind with these 3 years ago! Now they bring out One Tool To Rule Them All!
Upside: You got me again, Stuart.
Downside: The linkie thing diverted me to the Canadian site, where it is selling for $114 CAD. At $60 I could understand… At over a hundred? Not so much… but it is bookmarked in a whishlist now. Mind simultaneously eased, and blown, 3 years later.
I wouldn’t consider this an all-in-one that eliminates guesswork.
Deburring tools can be very speciality optimized. Just because these are among their most popular styles, that doesn’t mean it’s perfectly suited for your particular needs.
Check again JoeM. The price was about $75 when Stuart first posted, then jumped up to the $114 you saw (I bet one sold). Now it is back to $72 + ~$3 in import fees.
$59.95 USD is ~$71.95 CAD at the time of this reply, so it is basically available in Canada for the same price as the USA.
Cool idea till you realize they make an interchangeable handle that is way more comfortable and sell the bits and handles as kits or alacarte
I think this multi-tool is more for the users that don’t want to keep switching back and forth with one handle, or keep 4 equipped handles close at hand.