Craft Sha Leathercraft Pricking Iron 10x1.5mm Sewing Tool 10 Prong Diamond Point Leather Stitch Punch, to Pierce Holes in Leatherworking
The solidly built, Japanese ten prong pricking iron is of outstanding quality, as well as an indispensable leather tool for all levels of experience. Made in Japan by renown leathercraft company Craft Sha, this tool will give you years of faithful service.
The solidly built ten prong pricking iron is of outstanding quality, as well as an indispensable leather tool for leathercrafters of all levels of experience. Made in Japan by renown leathercraft company Craft Sha, this tool will give you years of faithful service.
Use this fine tool for punching holes in leather evenly and decisively, when tackling long straight stitch lines. This 1.5mm pricking iron measures the distance from the side of the prongs, not the tips, and is the smallest stitching size offered by Craft Sha. Great for marking stitch holes that you plan to punch with your awl, or for punching the stitch holes with the tool itself. The choice is yours.
Please note, the prongs on this tool are highly tempered, which makes them very hard, but somewhat brittle, so that overstressed prongs would break off, rather than bend. This is by design, as bent prongs of lower quality pricking irons deform more easily, not only ruining the tool, but also have the potential to ruin your leatherwork by producing permanent uneven stitch holes if undetected. The highly tempered prongs of this quality tool have a dual purpose: To protect your leatherwork from uneven stitching by having the prong break, rather than bend, when overstressed. Safeguarding you from uneven stitching of a bent tool, while giving longer lasting points that require less sharpening and greater penetrating power. This dual feature is of great benefit as it gives you peace of mind, knowing there is no chance of even a single uneven hole to ruin the leather masterpiece you've spent many hours working on.
Please note, the professional nature of this tool means it requires special care. Always use a soft headed hammer (never metal) and tap it into your leather work gently, when removing, always pull it out of your leatherwork straight, never shift it side to side to loosen it or this could break the prongs. Avoid using leather that is so thick it makes removal difficult. If you work with leather that is thick enough to make removal difficult then a wider pricking iron is recommended. Please store this tool away from other tools or hard objects, do not drop this tool or strike on a hard surface.
The size of this tool is compatible with other 1.5mm Craft Sha pricking irons, and in similar is size to the 3mm Seiwa / Kyoshin Elle Stitching Punches and nippers.