Beware of the overstitch wheel for marking stitching points. There is play in the wheel which means that it may provide uneven stitches. I started off using one and I found that two areas that required stitching together that require separate marking could end up with a different number of marked points over the same distance. It is what it says it is, it's for setting a stitch after the stitch has been placed (for going over the top of the stitch). Pricking wheels are infact what you need, but they are more expensive than a pricking iron.where I reckoned to via the overstitch wheel punch the holes with the awl, to start with, for pricking irons to perhaps come later, when I know more of what I'm doing. to know what I need.
Sharps; I have plenty to choose from, from scalpels, to craft knives and a rotary knife, also a razor thin and sharp leather knife I have had since the mid nineties when my first foray into leatherwork was making battle re-enactment kit, where incidentally that lot was sewn together with beeswax infused linen I got off a cobbler, using sail making needles and I do have a sail makers palm.
Books, I have a copy of Stohlman's ; ' The Art of hand sewing leather '
But thanks on the info regarding needles as that was a particular sticking point. So over the next few days I will be getting together a list and start getting familiar with the suppliers websites.
And ordinarily I am a small metals smith of sorts for all my tools to be polished to be well used to that satisfying activity, the awl will go the same way.
Flat Pricking Irons
Round Pricking Irons
I know they are from China and you will have to wait, but the black rounded ones are the ones I bought for students to work with and they're pretty good and cheap.
I like sail makers palm's, the new leather workers palm's are not as good IMHO.
The edge burnisher I use is a bone folder, my favourite is actually bone, but there are plastic ones out there that work very well. As I said any smooth hard surface will work.
The point about polishing the awl blade was well made, I normally use wet 'n' dry and then a polishing compound on a leather matt.