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  My Awls by James E. Price 1 of 2  


One of the most used tools at my bench is an awl.



I use them for marking centers for boring holes, I use them as scribes, and I poke holes in wood for starting tiny brass screws. These photos show some of my awls but not all my awls.

The one on the upper left is the first one I ever owned. It was 1959 and I was in the Eighth Grade. My dad fished it out of a box of miscellaneous stuff he bought at an auction and gave it to me.

The other awls in the photo were accumulated over the subsequent years and some I made, i.e., the first and the last ones on the bottom row.

The one on the lower right I made from the spike of an old broken tempered bronze blanket pin so it is spark-less and nonmagnetic.

The following are another kind of awl which is on the proximal end of English joiners' striking knives, scribes, or marking knives. The knife end is the subject of this post.

These tools have long been used in the British Isles for laying out lines on wood for precise cuts with saws and chisels and they were sometimes made by individual craftsmen but most appear to have been manufactured.

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