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2 hours ago, zuludog said:

Yes, that stitching line is just the sort of effect you want

The thing obviously works, but it would be a nice touch if you cleaned it up a bit

Yes, I agree about cleaning it up. I'll need to do some research on that. Wish I could remember where and when I got it. Love old tools. It's from some of my original kit I think. I'm really enjoying trying to get started again.

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Thought you all may like to see the results of my practice using the C.S. Osborne tool to mark my stitch line. Pictured are all the tools I used today. Some items arrived yesterday so I put those to work along with some tiger thread that I just learned of reading through the forum. The small hammer I used for tapping down the stitches. A bit small but the only flat head hammer I have. This was my third practice session today and next I'll try linen thread that I'm more familiar with. The post is a thanks to you all for the help with my struggle trying to use a stitch groover for establishing the stitch line. Anyway, the practice has now been a pleasure and I think I maybe be able to learn to do an acceptable saddle stitch if I keep at it.  :thumbsup:

Yes, I did get extravagant on the BK awl but I love it. Sharp, sharp ( ask me how I know :rolleyes2: ) plus like the changeability for different blades. Now, I'll have to be serious about staying with it!

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That looks really good. Nice straight line. Tension looks even as well.

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 bikermutt07, thanks for taking a look. Off and running now. :)

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It looks nice & neat, but I wonder......are you using a lacing chisel or a stitching chisel?. I can't quite tell but it looks as though the prongs are flat, and flat in line with the body of the chisel; that would make it lacing. Also the stitching is all in a straight line

On a stitching chisel has the prongs have a diamond shaped cross section and are set at an angel to the body of the chisel. Similarly, the awl blade should have a flat diamond cross section, not round. This produces the distinctive saw-tooth or zig zag pattern of saddle stitching.

Still, it looks good, and if you're happy with it, fair enough

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6 hours ago, zuludog said:

Many It looks nice & neat, but I wonder......are you using a lacing chisel or a stitching chisel?. I can't quite tell but it looks as though the prongs are flat, and flat in line with the body of the chisel; that would make it lacing. Also the stitching is all in a straight line

On a stitching chisel has the prongs have a diamond shaped cross section and are set at an angel to the body of the chisel. Similarly, the awl blade should have a flat diamond cross section, not round. This produces the distinctive saw-tooth or zig zag pattern of saddle stitching.

Still, it looks good, and if you're happy with it, fair enough

Hi zuludog,

You are correct that is a lacing chisel. I was looking for a diamond pricking iron but they were not in stock where I was shopping. So, still searching for a good pricking iron though but have discovered KS Blade Punch / Pricking Irons that really have my interest and consideration.  A bit on the dear side but after the Barry King awl set...…… :rolleyes: Ran across a review by Nigel Armitage who had very good things to say about them.

BTW, the angle the awl is in in the photo makes it appear as round but is in fact a diamond shaped blade.

The KS Pricking Irons are custom to your selection in metric sizes and number of prongs. They're made in South Korea so takes a couple of weeks to receive. Following is a photo of one of the KS diamond irons. 

I appreciate you checking out the post and your input. Many thanks.

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I would like to try the ones from crimson hide that are like awl blades.

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1 hour ago, bikermutt07 said:

I would like to try the ones from crimson hide that are like awl blades.

Alright bikermutt07, thanks for the heads up on Crimson Hide. I'll sure check out their pricking irons. If I learn nothing else in this return to leather work saddle stitching is at the top of my list for learning to do well. The symmetry of the stitch and beauty that some of you do is something to behold IMO. Hope I can get there too. It's one of the reasons I don't mind spending the extra wampum for tools that I think will help me get there. :)

Update: Have now found Nigel Armitage's "Pricking Iron Review Part 11 Crimson Hides". So, off to watch that video now.

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