I've not seen a ferriers rasp that didn't have a tang. That being said, I can't say if it is or isn't. Most of the rasp I've seen made like that were for wood work. Always good to test them anyway. I've had rasps from the same company (Nicholson) that did good and others that were case hardened.
As far as these pics, just a few years before my time. lol. Is that you on the bike?
Well that's funny...I have never seen a farriers rasp 'with' a tang and do not ever recall seeing a wood rasp 'without' a tang. I just cannot imagine working around a horse with tang on a rasp. There was a Nicholson file making shop in my hometown as I was growing up and I remember watching through the doorway - they wouldn't let me in for safety reasons
Yes, that is me on the bike. I got there in the fall of 67 and left in the fall of 68. I took it there with me and brought it back with me...to the Philippines. I worked for a total of 21 years in the PI with 6 or so at other places in the Pacific.