The Dasco 7-inch scratch awl is a 1-piece forged steel tool designed to start holes in soft wood and scribe or mark wood and other soft materials.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Terrific small tool. Really sharp point on a hefty, solid metal tool that you can safely hit with a hammer. Still small enough to store easily with hand tools.
Picked one of these up recently at the local big-box home improvement store. Wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but it was close enough. The awl is constructed of a single piece of steel. The handle end has been coated with what looks like a thick coat of enamel paint.
My only complaint with this tool is that it is very top heavy on the handle end, which makes it very easy to mishandle the tool. Several times I've almost dropped mine while just holding it. I highly recommend putting some sort of sheath on the point when you're not using it. I cut a short piece of clear plastic tubing and slipped the point into that with mine.
I own five or six of these. Probably the single most used tool I have, other than a screw driver. When I start any kind of project, metal working, wood working, gardening, electrical, plumbing, or mechanical, it seems to find a use. Just amazing the things it is useful for. Sold under several brand names, I think they are made by Dasco Pro, USA, you can usually find them for 10$ or less with shipping.
Buy several and keep them in your pocket, but make sure you take them out of your pocket when you sit down, especially on nice chairs. I have a perforated leather chair.
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