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Diamond Awl problems

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Hi guys and gals,

I'm having some awl problems, my trusty perfectly honed awl that was passed down to me snapped whilst making a cartridge bag, since then I have tried a few new blades but they all seem soooo sharp and no matter how much polishing each edge it doesn't feel right,and I can feel it just slicing through the leather.  I'm using a Blanchard at the mo, any suggestions? 

Thanks :)

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If the blade is polished enough, it will feel like it's "melting" or "flowing" through the leather. They can be sharp, but not polished enough. At least that's what I recently learned when I bought this one on the forum. I use this one as a baseline of sharp and smooth for the rest of my awls.

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That looks like a really lovely smooth one, the blades I have got recently are almost razor sharp and brittle. Please could you send me a link for this awl? I hope they ship to the uk :) 

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I got it from "Geargarcon" of the forum here. It's a Bob Douglas blade, and he's now out of business. The haft is a medium Barry King. It looks fatter than most, but the fit in the hand is amazing! 

I was hoping to get some Bob Douglas blades when I discovered that he closed his business. His awls were famous. Now I know why.

I know none of this helps you, sorry! Good luck in your search.

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Just talked with Lee Douglas last night and their awl are still available.  Look for Douglas Saddle Co. On Facebook

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I have a spare, new, 2 3/4" John James awl blade & haft which you can have for the price of a pint.  PM me if you're interested

Same offer goes for anyone else in Britain if goody2shoes doesn't want it

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I have been using Barry King awls  they have been fantastic.  Have heard nothing but good things about god things about Douglas blades

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Bob makes two sizes of awl, slim and regular. I've only used the slim, in the haft that he also makes. If you have small hands, you may need a shorter handle, such as the one made by Barry King. Bob's awl blades are works of art, sharp and mirror polished right out of the tube. 

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Ive used Douglas awl blades.  I have three of them and they are great but really thick.  I recently switched to awls by Lederlouis and they're excellent for half the cost of a douglas awl and haft.  They are smaller and have small hafts that fit in the hand nicely.

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20 hours ago, Fowlingpiece said:

Just talked with Lee Douglas last night and their awl are still available.  Look for Douglas Saddle Co. On Facebook

that is great news! I don't do Facebook, though, is there another way to contact them?

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6 hours ago, alpha2 said:

that is great news! I don't do Facebook, though, is there another way to contact them?

307-737-2222

 

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You can also email Douglas Tools:

dsctools@rangeweb.net

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On 10 July 2017 at 11:24 PM, zuludog said:

I have a spare, new, 2 3/4" John James awl blade & haft which you can have for the price of a pint.  PM me if you're interested

Same offer goes for anyone else in Britain if goody2shoes doesn't want it

Hi thanks very much for the offer, do you mean the blade is 2 3/4" ? If so unfortunately that won't be for me as I'm looking for at most 1 3/4 and as thin as possible. 

Thanks any way :)

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6 hours ago, 480volt said:

You can also email Douglas Tools:

dsctools@rangeweb.net

Thank you I have emailed them 

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If you haven's solved your problem already, i suggest  Richard Anderson.  He hand=makes every awl and does a magnificent job,  I use his awls to do hand stitching on saddles ( which isn't the easiest leather to pierce) and have been very successful. Never hurts to have several around though.

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8 minutes ago, cowboycolonel said:

Richard Anderson

Contact info?

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All I have is a number, and I believe he is in Wisconsin.  (715) 532-6301

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