This is no ordinary brad awl. The diamond-shaped cross section and chisel tip make it perfect for use in softwoods. The best hole is formed with the chisel tip at 90° to the grain.
When the tool is moved back and forth while pushing it down, it quickly motors its way through softwoods, creating an oval hole perfect for best screw grip at the same time as preventing material from splitting.
It is not only preferable to drilling (because of the wood compression instead of wood removal) but it is nearly as fast. It is also usable in hardwoods but there it only performs normally.
The hardwood handle has an oval profile that not only allows for an effective grip, but also lets you feel the orientation of the chisel tip at all times.
At 6" long, it fits nicely in the palm of the hand. Comes in a reusable capped tube and includes a protective blade guard.
Made in Canada. Patented.