Mr. Edward P. Reichhelm demonstrated that precision files could
be made in this country at least as well as abroad, it had been
assumed that Swiss made files were superior because they were
made by hand, thereby permitting the pressure or force used in
cutting the teeth to follow the variations in hardness which
were considered to be unavoidable at different parts of each
However, the industrial gas furnace developed by
Mr. Reichhelm now permitted the correct degree of hardness to be
maintained uniform throughout the length of every file
heat-treated in this type of furnace. By assuring this prime
requisite, it became possible to apply American machines and
American production methods to the remaining steps in the
manufacture of Swiss-pattern files.
A machine-made product could now be made in
America with a quality at least the equal of or better than that
of the imported Swiss-pattern files.
Other factors have also contributed to the
success of "American Swiss" Swiss-Pattern Files. These files
have always been made of the finest obtainable file steel- not
ordinary tool steel. The workmen engaged in the manufacture of
these precision files are specially trained and long
experienced, many of them having been engaged in their tasks for
a quarter of a century and over. Every operation is performed
with precision equipment, set to close tolerances whether
temperature in the case of forging, annealing and hardening
operations, or accuracy of size and cut in the case of machining
And finally, no "seconds" or "ordinary run"
"American Swiss" Files are ever placed on the market. A rigid
inspection system weeds out every imperfect file, and such files
are immediately ruined in an acid bath and scrapped.
As the largest manufacturer specializing
exclusively in American-made Swiss-pattern files, this concern
has developed an organization with exceptional manufacturing
facilities and with a single standard of care and precision for
every manufacturing process. This standard is most fully
expressed by the Company's motto "Only the best is good enough."
The fact that the Company does not engage in the
manufacture of any commercial grades of files is indicative of
its firm stand against compromising with quality.