SwissTool Awl

The SwissTool awl includes a sharp edge and a groove, which turns it into a reasonably efficient drill for working in leather, wood or sheet metal-- similar to the awl on Swiss Army knives. In leather or other soft materials, you can often push the awl directly through the material, and then rotate it to get a rounded hole. This tool is sometimes called a reamer.
HINT: The awl will stay sharp for a long time if you only use it on wood, leather, aluminum or copper (or other soft metals). You can use it for emergency "drilling" in sheet iron, but that will rapidly dull the awl's sharp edge.

Swiss Army Multitool Awl

Uses: To use the awl tool to drill a hole, follow these steps:

  1. Poke a hole with the sharp point.
  2. Rotate the awl, and gradually enlarge the hole.
Similar Tools:
  • Most standard-sized Victorinox Swiss Army knives have a similar awl on the back, which also includes a sewing eye.
  • The Wenger awl does not have a groove.
  • The Leatherman awl has a more abrupt taper, but otherwise has a similar design.