- Chip breaking files have a pattern of steep and angled teeth across the file.
- Curved cut files, also called dreadnought files, have curved teeth and are suitable for filing and finishing aluminum, brass, copper, or plastic surfaces.
- Diamond grit files have small pieces of industrial-grade diamonds, instead of teeth, embedded into the surface of the file. They are suitable for filing non-ferrous materials, such as ceramic, glass, wood, and plastic.
- Double cut files have two sets of parallel teeth that crisscross the file in opposite directions and provide a rougher finish than single-cut files.
- Rasp cut files have teeth with curved cutting edges.
- Single cut files have a single set of parallel teeth that cross the file in one direction, and are suitable for creating a smooth finish.