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The files with teeth on two sides and one flat are used to cut dovetails in gun barrels or other metal items. This allowed the dovetail to be enlarged to fit a front or rear sight but not deepen the dovetail.
 

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The ones I have seen had a slight bit of taper. When the sight was tapped in place, it had a snug fit. This would be the base for a sight as moving the dovetailed piece would work loose in time. Not a good thing when your sight falls off and there is a toothy critter that has you on the menu.
 
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