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Scribes / Scratch Awls

Finished scratch awls starting at $50.00s

Now available. DIY kits at a limited time introductory price of $40.00. This will include one of the two kits pictured above plus a bonus blank to turn. See below.

A) 1/4" Solid carbide burnisher rod and a solid brass CNC turned ferrule with an inside diameter of 7/16" x approx. 5/8" OD .

B) 5/32" M42 cobalt steel rod, pre sharpened, with a solid 360 brass CNC turned ferrule. Inside diameter of 3/8" x approx. 5/8"

Note: These are not those cheap stamped ferrules. Each ferrule will come pre bored for the kit you have purchased.

For a limited time or until I run out of pre cut blanks, I will supply a 1" square x approx. 8" blank of wood for your project from one of the woods listed below.

African Padauck, Madrone Burl, Zebra wood, Quarter cut sycamore, Quarter cut Bubinga, Or Black Walnut,

Want something different? Contact me. I may have a piece available.


      Available in some of the  finest hardwoods, domestic, figured, and exotic.  Lengths are approx. 5.5" long from the front of the ferrule to the back of the pommell.

      These durable scribes boast a tough M42 Cobalt steel with a Rockwell Hardness of 66-68.

So why M42 instead of Carbide or A2 steel ?

      To begin with, this M42 steel scribe, as mentioned, has a Rockwell Hardness of 66 to 68. Harder than spring steel at an RC of 52. It's tougher than our standard M2 steel, and, in fact, harder than many of the common metals we work with. Some may choose to use carbide and that's ok. My square bird cage awl is carbide, but carbide tends to be brittle. Lets face it. At some point it will hit the floor and chip the point. I work with carbide tooling almost every day. So go ahead and ask me how I know that. :) M42 on the other hand can take a ding and be resharpened easily by you. No diamond hones or special equipment needed. A good old fashioned grinder and/ or sand paper will do the trick, no different than your lathe tools. Keep the metal cool and your're good to go. I often use mine to mark every thing from wood to mild steel and brass. A sound choice for those who actually use their tools, but still desire a tool pleasing to the eye.


    For those that are wood turners and would like to make your own marking knife, or bird cage awl, etc. I reccommend Czeck Edge for your kits.

     He  has kits for bird cage awls as well as marking knives. And he is a nice guy to boot. :)

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