Introduction: Leather Awl
This is one of the most simple useful items I have blacksmithed. This Awl it great for leather work, if it's punching holes in leather or scratching marks in leather it works great!
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Step 1: Blacksmithing the Awl
So I started this project with a scrap piece of 1/2" square stock about four feet long. The good thing about this length is I don't have to use tongs to hold the metal which makes it a little easier to work with. A 1/2" stick of stock means a little more hammer work to get it were I want but it is what I have so that's what I used. So once It gets up to heat I just start thinning the stock and making a point at the end.
Step 2: Making Loop
So now that it is about 1/4" uniform squair stock with a point at end I flattened the end that is connected to the rest of the stock and after it's flat I begin to bend it around the horn of my anvil it's not a exact science but I'm pleased with the shape I came up with.
Step 3: Cut Off the Awl
Now that the awl has a tip on one end and its flat on the other I take a sharp blade I made to cut hot metal with and cut it off the stick.
Step 4: Completing the Loop
After I cut the awl off the rod I take and clean up the cut with my hammer and then close the loop around the horn of my anvil.
Step 5: Shaping and Tempering
Now it is pretty much done all that's left is to shape then sharpen the awl. So to shape it I used my belt sander and started to grind the tip to a taper I also rounded the entire end about 3" up. Then I took a propane torch heated the very end of the tip red then quenched it in water.
Step 6: Sharpening
I wanted this awl to be extremely sharp so to start I used coarse sand paper to shape it to a sharp tapering point then polished with 400 grit sand paper not only for looks but it seems to glide through leather better with a polished tip.
Step 7: Finish Off With Leather
I finished this project off with a custom leather molded sheath. It is a pancake style sheath from three pieces of leather that I sewed together soaked it with water, put the awl in and then with a pice of deer antler formed the sheath around the awl. And that's it, I am extremely happy with how this turned out! If you would like to watch me do this I have a YouTube channel "knight16" that both the awl and leather sheath are on.
Link to channel- https://www.youtube.com/c/knight16
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