Figured Makore Birdcage Awl

Figured Makore Birdcage Awl
Makore, Figured This African hardwood is also commonly known as African Cherry, yielding a finished product with rich pink and golden colors. It has a high silica content so it is not the best for machinability but it is worth the effort due to its beauty. One of the contributing factors to its often present mottled figure and chatoyant shimmer is its interlocked grain. Awl Shaft: The awl's shaft is hand-forged and twisted from 01 steel with a Rockwell hardness of 62. The tip is sharpened for use in starting and boring holes which the square shank then widens through repeated twisting. The 1 3/4" handle is sized to fit comfortably in the user's hand and allow application of a generous amount of pressure when twisting the awl. The finger grip is positioned in precisely the right place to enable a firm grip in use.
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