Clifton Awls

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Review By: I.Ball

Category: Old Drills

Manufacturer: Clico

Tool Type: Awls

Model No: 466, 467, 468


The Clifton awls were manufactured by Clico (Sheffield) Tooling Ltd of Sheffield, England, probably from the 1990's up until 2014 when they ceased trading.

There were three different types of awl in the range:

- Clifton Scribing Awl / Marking Point Awl (no. 466)
- Clifton Birdcage Awl (no. 467)
- Clifton Brad-Awl (no. 468)

The awl blades were made from High Speed Steel which were hardened and tempered to ensure a great point was achieved which would keep its point for longer than many conventional awls.

The awls were fitted with a good substantial shaped rosewood handle which was finished with an attractive brass finger guard.

Clico obviously made this tool to be the best awl on the market, a tool which would last for generations to come.

The Clifton old rosewood awls were supplied in a tough blister slat-wall hanging packet.

The three awls look very similar at a glance but on closer inspection it can be seen the tips are different. Each of these different tips serves a slightly different function:

- The marking point / scribing awl is primarily used for marking the location of hinge holes and casement furniture.

- The birdcage awl is primarily used for cutting a hole close to an edge without splitting the wood.

- The brad-awl is primarily used for starting holes for nails or small screws.

The Clifton range of tools was taken on by Thomas Flinn who took the business decision to discontinue these awls.

Clifton Brad-Awl

clifton brad-awl

Clifton Birdcage-Awl

clifton birdcage awl

Clifton Scribing-Awl

clifton scribing awl

Manufactured Dates

? - 2014

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