Inverse irons (sometimes referred to as Portmanteau or reverse irons) have teeth running at the opposite angle to our regular irons.
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You’ll need reverse irons when punching through several layers is impractical such as with really thick leather or several layers of leather. Punch holes on the top side of your first layer and then use the reverse iron to punch on the face of the bottom layer. As long as you take care to match up the holes and you’ll have a clean bottom side of the stitching to match your clean top side stitching.
Reverse irons can also be used for an aesthetically to have stitches from different directions angle towards a center point.
Each Blanchard Pricking iron is made using a traditional steel forging process. You’ll see evidence of this in how every tooth has been individually sharpened and also how each tool has been shaped, buffed and stamped with the Blanchard name.
Pricking irons usually have between one and twenty teeth and we’ve elected to offer the ten teeth pricking iron as a good balance of utility and affordability.
We also chose to initially offer nine teeth per inch (TPI) pricking irons since they are what is traditionally used in higher end leather goods. 9 TPI will give your work a more refined look along with strong and sturdy seams.
Griffe a Frapper a Dents Inversées
Number 9 (Nine Teeth per Inch), Ten Teeth Inverse
1 1/4″ width from first to last tooth
5 1/2″ length
Number 9 (Nine Teeth per Inch), Two Teeth Inverse
5/32″ width from first to last tooth
4 7/8″ length
If you’re new to pricking irons, be sure to check out our blog post on pricking iron basics.