This works OK for polishing slots on the wound strings, but not much help on the others! He does note they aren't any good for cutting new slots.
Do not buy torch tip cleaners. Do not cheap on on nut files. Just buy a real set now and be done with it. Avoid all the heartache and frustration.
I bought a set of Hosco nut files from Philadelphia Luthier supply for $59? I don't recall exactly now, but they are great and are top quality.
I'll strongly second this sentiment. My experience with torch tip cleaners is they are completely useless when it comes to nuts, waste of $13. I ended up buying a set of Hosco's from phil. luth. supply but I went with the single gauge per file set. I tried the double-side files and the set I had, the gauge specified and the actual gauge measured with a micrometer were far enough apart I ended up returning them.
A good set of files is really necessary if you need to cut a nut from time to time or adjust a new/used guitar's nut. I don't do it often but enough that starting with the proper tool was the only way to go.
My Dad, built boats as a hobby when I was a Kid.. he used to drill me with the fact that "there never seems to be enough time to do a job correctly, but there always seems to be enough time to do it over... right the second time..."
I have the Hosco files and have used them on several guitars. They can also be used to slot bridge saddles. Good quality and affordable when you consider what you would pay a luthier to do one nut job. I bought the 10-46 set. The opposite cutting edge of the 10 (0.010”, high E) file is 26 (0.026”, D string). One file does two nut or bridge slots. The same applies for the other two files. Three files will do all you nut and bridge slots. You can decide.I have read the previous posts about nut slot files, which seem to come up regularly. I am in the same boat as some other people, not really wanting to spend $100 on a tool I will use very, very rarely. I just want to adjust a slot or two on a nut.
Sweetwater sells a set from MusicNomad that's a bit less than the Stewmac ones. Anyone have these?
There are also these tapered ones from Hosco that some people like and other people hate. A bit cheaper still.
I like your ideaI was in the same (similar) boat as I wanted to adjust a slot or two and did not want to wait for the online order to arrive. I took a set of feeler gauges I had and made fine cuts/notches across all of them with the edge of a metal file I had to make them all look like tiny saws. Now I have a two-in-one tool - a set of feeler gauges and a set of nut files in all sizes I may need. This was 2-3 guitars ago and it works well for my needs and it only cost me a few bucks.
The Hosco double side/V-notch ones tend to work best when the nut height is down to its final height BEFORE using them. If you have too much material left on the height and plan to remove the excess later it can be a pain to get the slot filed out cleanly and you can end up with a sloppy grove. This is just what I have noticed/researched using those particular files.