Ive seen discussions about knives, axes and just about any other tool for bushcraft on this forum but what about the humble awl. Its one of the oldest tools in history and I am never very far from one of mine but it seems remarkably absent from most peoples kit list. I suppose you could make do with one of the pointy bits on a SAK but they dont really do the job well. Am I alone in thinking of this as an essential tool? If you carry one how do you do it safely? Has anyone seen a really good bushcraft / backpacking version? If you dont carry one how do you fix leatherwork or heavy canvas like a rucksack in the wild?