A four tooth pricking iron is a great starter tool for smaller leather goods. Pair this with a two tooth iron for curves and with a ten iron for medium to large projects.
Whether you buy your pricking irons here or else where be sure to choose the same teeth per inch for your four teeth and other irons.
Each Blanchard Pricking iron is made by hand 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.
We’ve expanded our offering to seven teeth per inch (TPI) pricking irons by customer request. In the book “The Leatherworking Handbook” by Valerie Michael, she recommends 7tpi irons for larger items. Al Stohlman in his numerous leatherworking books also uses 7tpi irons for bags and medium sized works.
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. 7, 4 Dents
Number 7 (Seven Teeth per Inch), Four Teeth
3/8″ 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.