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Offset Stitching Awl

Ray Mears Bushcraft

Offset Stitching Awl


Weight: 30 g         7 reviews
The Offset Stitching Awl is a simple tool for creating holes, or enlarging existing holes, in a variety of materials. It is a useful piece of kit for craftsmen and women, especially woodworkers and leatherworkers.

Based on traditional designs found as far back as the late 1700s, Ray employed the craftsmanship of esteemed British blacksmith Andrew Kirkham to create these updated versions of this Canadian tool. Andrew has produced a number of items for Ray and Woodlore over the years, including our Steel Strikers and Canadian Steel Strikers.

The zigzag shape of these awls was first introduced to overcome a problem with the handles, where the wood or bone handles of straight awls tended to split under pressure. The offset design seen here is used to anchor the awls firmly in their handles, and was common among those found at British-era sites in Canada.

These Awls were used extensively during the Woodlore Birch Bark Canoe course in 2013, in which a traditional Canadian canoe was built from natural materials. They are also used for sewing heavy materials, such as leather or canvas. You can see Ray putting this tool to use in his Northern Wilderness series.

  • Exclusive to Woodlore
  • Sold separately
  • Ready to be fitted into your own handle
  • Dimensions: 170 x 5 mm

  Under UK law, this item can only be sold to persons over 18 years of age. Woodlore will need to verify your age before your order is dispatched and a check will also be carried out upon delivery. This item cannot be delivered to a locker.


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  Overseas deliveries
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  • Europe: 3 - 5 working days
  • Rest of the world: 5 - 7 working days


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Product Reviews

Offset Stitching Awl is rated 5/5 based on 7 customer reviews.

All of our product reviews are from customers with verified purchases.

Overall Rating:


  1 of 7

  I am from Maniwaki Canada, no problem with shipping. This awl it is not only a good tool, it's a piece of art. love it.  

  Daniel Whissell
13th August, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 7

  The service from Woodlore was brilliant. Thanks to Paul and his team. The offset awl is well made and cleanly finished. I use it in my woodworking shop. Without a handle it fits well in the hand, suitable for light tasks. For heavier work I put a temporary handle on. The offset prevents the handle from splitting. All in all a great tool for bushcrafting and the workshop at home.  

  Carl Lessing
22nd May, 2020

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 7

  Very impressed by this cranked awl. Will be great for stiching jobs in heavy leather and wood. Quite expensive but superbly made.  

  Malcolm Lemmon
12th August, 2016

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 7

  This is an excellent product; I use it to stitch leather for all sorts of uses. It has an extremely sharp point.  

7th June, 2015

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 7

  These are brilliant - I have seen one being wiggled through a 2x4! Mine mostly gets used for leather work and making bark baskets at which it excels. These awls are incredibly sharp, and stay that way - this one was bought for a friend but my own one is several years old and has not yet needed re-sharpening. I would recommend making a sheath for it - it's not nice to plunge your hand into a box of tools and find your awl lurking in a corner!  

  Sarah Day
23rd December, 2014

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 7

  Brilliantly forged and super sharp; in the middle of making a handle and I know this will work wonders and has made all my other awls obsolete, will buy another couple soon. Brilliant. Thanks Woodlore.  

  Craig Allen Rayner
24th January, 2014

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 7

  Fantastic bit of kit! I've been looking around for a traditional awl, preferably with squared sides. This fits the bill perfectly. Its also beautifully made too. It was a pleasure to make a handle to fit my own hand too, a nice touch and a good way to bond with a tool I'll be using for a long time. Its also strong, after I fitted a handle I tested it out on a old bit of 2x4 pine and went through it with ease.  

23rd November, 2009

Rated: 5/5

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