A five tooth pricking iron is a great starter tool for smaller leather goods. Pair this with a two tooth iron for curves and a ten tooth iron for medium to large projects.
These pricking irons are precision ground to perfection. They have a range of spacing options from 2.7mm to 5mm between each tooth.
Whether you buy your pricking irons here or elsewhere, be sure to choose the same teeth per inch for your other irons.
Pricking irons or stitching irons are a superior method for marking stitches for hand sewing leather. Normally, stitching wheels or lacing chisels are used in the US but the more traditional pricking iron will often give you better results. Pricking irons are set with multiple teeth in a row, making it easier to produce beautiful straight lines of stitches. Pricking irons can mark the leather deeper than a wheel and make it easier to follow up with your leather awl when sewing. Using a pricking iron also helps maintain the sharpness of your sewing awl since the irons are doing most of the work.
If you’re new to pricking irons, be sure to check out our blog post on pricking iron basics.
When comparing Korean and French pricking iron or wheel sizes, use the conversion list below:
2.5mm = Number 11
2.7mm = Number 10
3.0mm = Number 9
3.4mm = Number 8
3.8mm = Number 7
4.0mm = Equivalent to Number 6.5
4.5mm = Number 6
5.0mm = Equivalent to Number 5.5
Note: When pairing 2.7mm pricking irons (or smaller) with a one tooth pricking iron, please select the one tooth pricking iron (small). This customized, small version of the one tooth pricking iron is designed for use with pricking irons that are 2.7mm or smaller. It comes with a small ‘S’ engraved on the iron.