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Bruce Johnson 
Leather Tools

Dividers and Awls

Sections below include -

  • Dividers/Compasses
  • Sewing Awls
  • Collar Awls
  • Lace Pullers/Blunt Lacing Awls
  • Lacing and Buckstitching Awls

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Dividers/Compasses are used for marking out parallel lines and scribing circles in cutting patterns or for tooling work.

Sewing Awls

Sewing awls are used to stab holes for handsewing. Awl blades are held in place with the metal chuck on the end of the awl haft. Occasionally I get these with blades, but many users have a particular size and maker of awl blades they prefer, so I will generally leave that to the buyer. 

Collar Awls

Just a quick explanation on the collar awls. These have a sharp edge to cut a slit and an eye to pull a lace through. They were originally used to lace horse collars. Saddle makers use them to pull saddle strings for a restringing job or to pull the tag ends of lace to tuck them when they lace saddle jockeys or skirts together. They are also handy for pulling lace ends for stirrup treading too.

Lace Puller/Blunt Lacing Awl

These are collar type awls that have had the end blunted and cutting edges rounded over, then polished. They are useful for pulling lace ends through a braid without cutting a string. A good handy tool for pulling laces in saddle skirts, seat jockeys, and stirrup treads.

Lacing and Buckstitching Awl

These larger diamond awls are used to make the hole for large lacing or buckstitching.