Czeck Edge Carbide Birdcage Awl

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Tool: Hard metal cage awl Buy now

Producer: Czeck Edge

MSRP: $ 74

The first thing you notice when you grab a Czeck Edge Hand Tool bird cage awl is how well it fits in your hand. The handle of the cocobolo is beautifully turned with a shellac finish that is silky smooth. And the blade is balanced, smooth and sharp.

The great thing about switching to carbide for an awl is the longevity of the stitch. Many carpenters use awls to drill starter holes for small screws (similar to how you would use a gimlet). There are a lot of twists and turns going on that put a lot of stress on the tip of the awl, particularly if you’re getting bored in hard and figured woods. Carbide is strong and holds a longer edge than regular tool steel, but it may be more difficult to sharpen when the need arises.

I also like the weight of these Czeck Edge awls. The weight gives the tool a substantial feel and helps you guide the tip of the tool across a board; it also helps the same point to cut the fibers of the panel when using it to hit a line.

With an angle of 10 ° at the tip of the pyramid and an angle of 25 ° the secondary bevel, which hits the hardwood, leaves a sharp and well-defined line. In soft woods, however, I have been less successful, only getting a bit of a pull; carbide does not become as sharp as normal tool steel.

For me, the Czeck Edge bird awl is worth having in my toolbox because it is both beautiful and functional. I use an awl more for boring starting holes than for scoring lines. And because the carbide is hard, I prefer this bird cage awl over the A2 steel version.

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