Traditional Bird Cage Awl
The new Traditional Bird Cage Awl was developed to deliver performance very similar to Czeck Edge cocobolo bird cage awls but at a more casual price point. The handle is turned from Bolivian rosewood (not a true rosewood). This exotic wood is an economical alternative to cocobolo and other true roeswoods, and can also have interesting and varied color and grain pattern plus excellent durability.
The handle length has been stretched slightly to 4” honoring the vintage styles and the width is 1 3/8”, identical to the cocobolo models. The ergonomic profile has been streamlined to allow less costly manufacture. The lower finger perch remains as does the palm friendly feel, permitting a comfortable application of tremendous force for boring or marking wood by hand.
The square blade permits longer cutting edges than a round shaft of equal cross section and is retained on this model even though it is the more costly option. The sharpened edges and acute pyramid point allow delicate wood fibers to be severed without splitting thin stock. Wood grain will not easily deflect the point, making Czeck Edge Bird Cage Awls highly accurate when laying out and boring holes.
The 3/16” blade width is very similar to the traditional size and the shallow 10 degree point geometry is shared with the larger ¼” square carbon steel and carbide models which have cocobolo handles. The blade is A2 tool steel hardened to RC 59 – 60 in an aircraft certified facility, then precision ground and polished. The shaft is 3 1/8” long including the ½” satin polished bronze ferrule. Overall length of the Traditional Bird Cage Awl is 7 1/2”. This tool is an in stock item, and usually ships the next day.