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okeydokey

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Good afternoon folks
Well I invested a couple of pounds at my local knick knack emporium in this thing, just because it feels nice and if I knew what it was I could use it purposefully!
Boxwood handle overall about 6" long with the steel part sort of screwdriver shaped, yes with a little work it could be a large bradawl, screwdriver, carving chisel, plumb bob the list could be endless but what is it please?

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Agreed thats what it could be but its not London Pattern or Cabinet or Oval or Gunsmith or any other variety Ive found - its short and quite stubby (well it is now) so still whats it? what used for ?
 

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I’m wondering if it’s something a Sadler might use.
Certainly looks from the handle shape as if it was meant for pushing through something to make a hole, prior to stitching. But since it's about 1/4" diameter, it would be one heck of a hole!
 

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It's surely just a bradawl, ie for making start holes for screws, nails etc -- on the larger size, but don't think it looks as big as 1/4in dia from the rule.

I find bradawls very useful.

Leather/sailcloth awls are similar, but not usually with the screwdriver-type point.

don't think this one is, but just check that the handle end doesn't screw off - some had a set of interchangeable points of different sizes inside the handle
 

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Just measured a gnats under 1/4" and tried cautiously to unscrew but it doesn't looks more a "push" fit akin to a file and handle
 

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That’s a bradawl. The flat edge (not a point) when kept square will sever fibres when rotated and not just push them aside
 

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Thank you all for your comments after looking around the web and old tool suppliers I think 6x4 has really cracked it :)
 

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I say it's a saddlers awl, I've got one that was my dads who worked in the old Milwards shoe repair factory in town. I've sharpened the end to use as a wood awl.
 

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A bradawl. According to Paul Sellers, you push it in cross grain and twist it 90° back and forth to cut the grain and create the hole. Useful near edges where shoving in a standard round awl might split the wood.
 
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