In the small town of Romilly sur Andelle in Northern France, the Vergez-Blanchard company has been making leather tools for over 190 years.
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.
Pricking irons or stitching irons are a superior method for marking stitches for hand sewing leather.
Normally stitching wheels 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. They can mark the leather deeper than a wheel and makes it easier when you follow up with your leather awl when sewing. This also helps maintain the sharpness of your sewing awl since the irons are doing most of the work.
Griffe a Frapper a Dents No. 9, 10 Dents
Number 9 (Nine Teeth per Inch), Ten Teeth
1 1/4″ width from first to last tooth
5 1/2″ length
If you’re new to pricking irons, be sure to check out our blog post on pricking iron basics.