Ancient Roman Awl

Ancient Roman Awl

Heres a neat picture of an old old old awl...looks pretty unhandy to use actually, but as an ultra rare example of an ancient leather working tool it cant be beat. Im just posting it to keep the page interesting...thanks..
Tim

A few more awls in the tool section

I have finally got a few more awls posted up in the tools section. I have quite a few more in various styles I plan to post after these, kind of a study of awls....I also popped in a picture of an early rotary punch since the topic of them came up....With early leather tools, I think you should collect them if you can, even if they are not very servicable. Antique leather tools are pretty rare, and genuine 19th or even early 20th century tools are generally professional grade tools, and rival some of the best leather tools being made today.

not an awl...but an early rotary punch.

not an awl...but an early rotary punch.

Speaking of rotary punches...heres an oldie....its a "Caravel"...4 holer...the holes are numbered for size....2, 4,6,8...and I assume they corresponded to harness rivet sizes....This was made in NY....NY. So I expect its early 1900s or so. The spring is replaced, and the barrels though replacable, are dul and chipped. I keep this for display mostly, and use a newer 6 hole "Dunlap4304" as my work horse for normal leathers.....I do hane a few belting punches as well, but for general hole punching they are over kill....
Tim

side view of horn handled saddlers awl...

side view of horn handled saddlers awl...

heres a side view of my favorite awl...and the little leather point sheath I use for most all of the awls....its just a narrow bit of scrap leather wrapped with waste cord. Its wrapped tightly enough so that slides securely over the point and a bit of the ferrule. A bit of clear tubing also works, but its a bit harder to get off....I have a few tip covers made of that too, and would post a photo of those, but have you ever tried to get a photo of clear little bits of tubing? I couldnt get one....go figure.
Tim
Tim

Fine old saddlers awls

Fine old saddlers awls

Here at last are more awl pictures....notice that these awls have no bolster, and that the handle itself is reinforced with a brass ferrule.
The blades are more spear pointed, especially on my favorite awl, thats the one on the left. That awl has a horn handle, and the blade is actually set with cutlers pitch...its an oldie, the ferrule is a rolled and brazed piece of sheet brass....a small pin holds the ferrule on.

New Tools section

There are a couple of photos of a very old awl in the tools section, and theres a pretty good written description of them under the photos...if you click on the photo, the text should appear...

Im going to post the next awl in the awl evolution here pretty quick. Its a bladed awl with a brass ferruled horn handle from the early 19th century....
Tim

back side of the Wabash pouch and accoutrements

back side of the Wabash pouch and accoutrements

heres a picture showing how the sheath is attached for the utility knife.

Wabash pouch...

Wabash pouch...

heres a pouch I just finished and sold...its inspired by the settlers along the Wabash, but not actually a copy of any other pouch, just a design I came up with....

Man in the Moon pouch pictures

Man in the Moon pouch pictures

heres a picture of the Man in the Moon pouch I recreated. Its a pretty unique pouch for sure.
Tim

Traditional leathe rworking tools section

Theres a new section that deals with leather working tools...Im starting with one of the early awls I have in my collection.

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