Product Review – Basic Grey Precision File Set

Today I am beginning a new bi-weekly series: Product Reviews. I will be reviewing products that I currently own and have been using in my personal projects, not ones solicited from manufacturers, so my reviews will be based on my crafting experience of the last few years.

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From the manufacturer: Explore the “sharper” side of scrapbooking with the Basic Grey Precision File Set. All of those tiny ruts and spaces are finally within reach. Perfect for smoothing or distressing chipboard, plastic, paper, metal.. all with “sharpening” results. Each file in the Basic Grey Precision File Set features a rubber-coated grip for comfort and ease-of-use.

I confess that I not only love tools and gadgets, I also love to add distressing to my projects. So buying this set was a no brainer for me! I found the set easy to use, and it lives up to its promises. With two large flat files, and four smaller precision files, I found that I was able to get into even the tiniest spaces between my chipboard letters and shapes. The flat files are perfect for sanding the bigger areas, like the edge of cardstock, chipboard and patterned paper. I’ve used the larger files on Core’Dinations cardstock with a great result!

A few examples:

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After covering this chipboard album with patterned paper, I was able to get a nice even finish on the edge with the flat file.

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Other uses for the files include

  • Distressing the edges of photos
  • Filing off the little “nubbies” that stay when you press a shape out of a die cut sheet
  • Filing away painting “oops” on the edges of items

The files are easy to hold and use, and more comfortable than using a piece of sandpaper. They are very effective,  it just takes a couple swipes to get a smooth finished edge. And the sound it makes while filing is less grating than sandpaper. I highly recommend this set!


  1. Dorthy says

    I like that this tool is fairly cheap and lives up to the promises. You don’t have to purchase any extra hardware or gadgets for it.
    Gook review.

  2. says

    I am definitely not a tool kind of gal but I have to say that this file set was one of my best purchases. I just wish that the tube that they come in was a little sturdier. Mine has holes on both ends now so I need to find a way to keep my files together…

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