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scratch awl

noun Carpentry.
  1. an awllike device for scribing wood.
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Origin of scratch awl

First recorded in 1890–95
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  • He could use the square and the scratch-awl now, as well as the plane; and his wages were correspondingly increased.

    The Life and Public Services of James A. Garfield

    Emma Elizabeth Brown