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freonguy

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01-27-2020 10:21 PM

I normally hang out in the Hand Tools section – I do a bit of turning, mostly to make replacement handles for yard sale chisels and the such.

A few years ago, I bought a bunch ( 30 or so ) bolstered scratch awl metal ’ bits ’ from Lee Valley – should have bought 100 – I turn handles and give them away – and am nearing the end of my supply. They are a total length of about 4 inches, and the shank part of the awl is just over 1/8’’.

I have O-1 stock that I could easily make them, but it is the bolster that I like.

Any ideas as to a supplier out there for such a thing?

Regards;

Dave Beauchesne

-- '' One can never have too much good wood '' - James Krenov


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#1 posted 01-27-2020 10:40 PM

Just to make sure we are all on the same page, are you looking for this?~

https://www.fastenal.com/products/details/0717504;jsessionid=-6xapoSEyEWq58U6iPWil17E.38536438-9c19-3947-9017-bf77ad0514fd?sortby=navsattr10&r=~%7Ccategoryl1:%22600241%20Tools%20and%20Equipment%22%7C~%20~%7Ccategoryl2:%22600268%20Hand%20Tools%22%7C~%20~%7Ccategoryl3:%22600271%20Chisels,%20Punches,%20and%20Sets%22%7C~

Plus you may want to put what you would like to end up spending per piece. Any particulars on the metal, stuff like that.

Fastenal stores are managed with an eye to selling in bulk, whenever possible. I know the manager/owner of the local site will work with you on $$$$ if you are buying quantity. I see drops from stated single prices by easily 65% if you are sourcing 100 pieces or more. The local manager says, often overlooked, seldom undersold.

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#2 posted 01-27-2020 10:50 PM

Do you mean Ferrule? For woodworking I really like the birdcage awls. I have picked up a couple items from CzeckEdge and they are FANTASTIC! I was going to make my own with steel stock and brass tube as the ferrule, but SOOOO glad I decided to get these kits instead. They are really top notch. Solid thick brass where the stock has a very snug fit and it is ridged for finger grip. I just got a marking knife kit but still have to turn the handle. There are some package deals too. May want to email the owner if you plan to get a bunch.

https://www.czeckedge.com/collections/kits

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#3 posted 01-28-2020 10:31 AM

Scroll down to 3rd item
https://www.tinmantech.com/products/hand-tools/marking-layout/

Know Berea doesn’t stock them anymore. Most pen and woodturning supply vendors carried kits like this:
Can check other woodturning vendors or buy from first link if that works for you.
https://www.bereahardwoods.com/pdf/Scratch%20Awl.pdf

Think those kits came from here: Have to register at web site and not sure minimum quantities have to order.
http://penkitsmall.com/

I would havea problem ordering ditectly from China!

-- Bill

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#4 posted 01-28-2020 12:52 PM

Here is a photo of what I am looking for. Thanks for the replies so far.
Hopefully this works: I am computer challenged.
This is a shot of the end product.

-- '' One can never have too much good wood '' - James Krenov

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#5 posted 01-28-2020 01:17 PM

I can see other uses for that awl – such as leatherworkers that need
an awl to dress up holes in leather when hand stitching. (just not so sharp of a point).
the bolster is a neat idea. I have not seen that available before.
I also would be interested in a source for it.

.

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#6 posted 01-28-2020 02:27 PM



I can see other uses for that awl – such as leatherworkers that need
an awl to dress up holes in leather when hand stitching.

I agree, that’s not really a woodworking awl, more of a leatherwork or some other type of craft where you would use it to pierce thin materials. Maybe places like Tandy leatherwork etc.

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#7 posted 01-28-2020 02:29 PM

Only place found can buy a kit without going to China and know not the awl style you are looking for but very few vendors carry those kits any more:
https://woodworldtx.com/products/6188?variant=274145326

Might be better off buying complete awls to give away. You can always remove the handle and add your own.
https://www.harborfreight.com/4-inch-scratch-awl-7497.html

This place will sell them to at wholesale price if register with them:
https://montanaleather.com/product-category/leather-craft-tools/awls-needles-stitching/

Did a search for wholesale awl parts and China sites only sell complete awls not. They used to sell different kits but guess vendors stopped ordering them. Like said before would rather buy from folks here even though paying few bucks for same items than buy directly from them. Yes can buy for few cents in bulk but have to shipping & import fees. Sometimes order arrive quickly and other times you’ll wait a month or two.

Good luck in your search if find good link let us know.

-- Bill

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#8 posted 01-29-2020 04:09 AM

Thanks for the input.
I have given them to woodworkers. A quick, easy project that is functional. If one of the Alumni at the WW school I have attended has a suitable off cut from their project, I will use that.. That way, they always have a piece of their prized work, even if they sell or gift it to someone.
Like I said, I can use just straight rod, but like the bolstered aspect.
Thanks again for your help.

-- '' One can never have too much good wood '' - James Krenov

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#9 posted 01-29-2020 03:51 PM

Mike Peace did a video a couple of years back on how to make your own awl … https://youtu.be/0Sc7l7Uz6vY

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#10 posted 01-31-2020 04:49 PM

Thanks for the replies and the link.
Mike’s video is pretty much what I do, except I part it off at the bulbous end and leaving a bit of a nub, then use a sharp chisel to pare away the offending remnants. This leaves a small patch of ‘ beaver teeth ‘ marks, which, IMHO is a bit of a signature on the piece. Rub it with some beeswax like the rest of the piece, and you are done.
I like the bolster feature on the shank. I makes it more like an ‘ old ‘ tool. The vast majority of older ( 100 years plus ) were bolstered, but alas, it appears my supply has run out.
Like I said, I have 5/32” O-1 that I will use, but not the same look.

-- '' One can never have too much good wood '' - James Krenov

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#11 posted 01-31-2020 07:58 PM

Klein scratch awls are the only ones I know about that have a bolster like that. It’s a long shot but maybe that will help you source them.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#12 posted 02-01-2020 02:13 PM

Thanks Rick: will check it out.

-- '' One can never have too much good wood '' - James Krenov

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