The three different blades that we have (fine, medium and most aggressive) refer to the amount of foot you can take off with one stroke. You'll take the least amount with the fine and the most with the most aggressive. We suggest starting with a fine or medium blade. If you start with the most aggressive, as with the others, just go very light with no downward pressure on the foot, It's more finesse than strength, like polishing a car. All 3 grades are easy to use and control.How much will the Dymondback cost me?
The initial price of the Dymondback is $69.90 which will pay for itself with the first batch of horses you do. You should get at least 3-6 times more horses out of it than the standard rasp. When it finally wears out, you will just need to replace the refill, which is $41.90. You keep the quality stainless steel frame. Because of the longevity, the Dymondback is the cheapest rasp on the market.Does the Dymondback have a finishing side?
No, it is one sided. The Dymondback is the only rasp you'll need to level the foot but you will need a conventional rasp to finish the clinches and dress the foot as our finish rasp is not in production yet. Using the Dymondback will make your finishing rasps last a lot longer because you do not have to rotate them.Does it come with the handle?
No but a standard rasp handle will fit. We also sell handles which are not manufactured by Cody James Tools, at this link - handlesDo you ship internationally?
Yes, we ship internationally. At checkout you can choose which carrier you prefer and you'll see the cost of shipping before you need to pay. Please be aware, the shipping costs do not include additional fees your country may charge you upon deliveryDo I need the optional end cap?
The end cap is not necessary. It is an option for hand protection.Will the Dymondback stick to a magnet?
The frame is made of high-grade stainless steel and will not stick to a magnet. If you want your dymondback mounted on a magnet, place the blade side on the magnet.How do I clean the Dymondback?
If you do not use the Dymondback on a daily basis we suggest cleaning it with a plastic fingernail type brush going in the direction of the teeth and cover it with a silicone spray or a vegetable oil spray.
Should I choose a Dymondback or Littlefoot?
The Littlefoot is a perfect size for donkeys and ponies. It is designed for one handed use. With smaller animals, most people will hold the hoof with one hand and the rasp with the other. The Littlefoot is light and shorter so it's not clumsy or awkward when using on smaller animals. With an average size horse, most people hold the hoof between their knees or on a hoof stand, so with the Dymondback, you can get a full, efficient stroke using 2 hands.