Blue Spruce Scratch Awls

Blue Spruce Scratch Awls

Product Reference: SSA1/LSA1

The small scratch awl has an overall length of about 6 inches. It is designed for detail work and for starting holes for hinge screws in small projects such as jewelry boxes. The point is conical which makes a nice clean hole and separates the fibres allowing the maximum holding power for small screws.

The large scratch awl (brad awl) has a much more robust construction than the small scratch awl and is capable of taking taps from a mallet to create larger screw holes. The hardened, high carbon point is 3/16 inch in diameter at the large section and tapers to the point after about 3 inches. This large awl can be ordered with a standard conical point or with four ground flats that convert it into a "birdcage" awl. These sharp flats help sever the wood fibres and ream the hole as you twist the awl rather than compressing them like a standard conical point.

If you plan to use the large awl primarily for starting larger screw holes, order the birdcage tip. If you plan to use the awl primarily for marking or starting smaller screw holes, order the standard point.

The overall length of the large scratch awl is 7 inches overall with a 2½ inch high carbon steel, hardened point.

Please note the picture shows Cocobolo handles which are no longer available.

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