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What is an awl?

Awl Definition- An Awl is a tool that resembles a long pointed spike that can be used for making holes in wood, leather, or other various materials.

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Awl is a general term that can refer to a variety of more specific tools. For example, a bradawl is a tool that is used to make indentations in wood in order to ease insertion of nails and screws. This helps prevent splitting of the wood and makes the work much easier. Another type of Awl is a scratch awl. This tool is used to make a line in wood that can then be followed by a saw or a chisel. Finally, awls can also be used on leather with a stitching awl. This type of awl can be used in stitching heavier materials to make or enlarge holes.

Last Updated: October 18, 2012
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