Nicholson File Co.

Before the Civil War interrupted his plans, William Nicholson had been contemplating the design and development of a standard file. 

In 1864, the Nicholson file was formally born.

On April 5, 1864 William Thomas Nicholson successfully patents his first file cutting machine.

The Nicholson File Company, was founded by William Thomas Nicholson (1834-1893) in 1864 in Providence, Rhode Island.

On May 9, 1876 William Thomas Nicholson successfully patents a machine for stripping file-blanks.

On May 9, 1876 William Thomas Nicholson successfully patents a different machine for cutting files.