1) Rare occupational term, first noted in the eighteenth century.

1726 John Broomhead of Upper Hallam, file hewer, Sheffield

1767 Francis Gaskin, file-grinder, Sheffield. A Wakefield clothier noted in his memorandum book in 1761: The way the case harden files att Shefild is the mix saltt and yeast … so when the have itt in the fire the keep starting the mixture in and cools itt in the said salt and yeast.

spellings file-hewer
dates 1726 1761 1767

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