Here and now, I have to tell you that most of my information about filework came from a knifemaker friend of mine, Mel Nishiuchi. His guidance has helped me tremendously.
I guess filework could qualify as one of those things that makes some of my razors and knives a little different... and recognizable. Filework may be a tad over the top for those of you that like the plain razors and there is certainly nothing wrong with that either. I make 'em both ways.
I see that some of my scale-making techniques from my cd and my blog cropping up in the forums often enough that it makes me smile. I enjoy looking at good work, no matter who does it. It has been my pleasure to be able to contribute some worthwhile information to the straight razor community that encourages participation like it has.
I'm going to take some of the mystery out of the equation for you regarding filework. With a little practice and some patience, I'm sure some of you who wind up making your own knives and razors would like to tackle some filework by adding your own flair and I hope I see some of it in the future.
Let me add here that using one of those small dremel cut-off wheels isn't the way to do it. Using them is not only very obvious, it's my opinion that it is also tacky, hardly ever accurate, and originates right down the street from an Oklahoma trailer park. If using one is your only choice, I wouldn't do any filework at all. In all my years making knives, I have never seen any good filework done with a cut-off wheel yet. Cowboy up and do it right, I tell you...