Crown Deluxe Bradawl
Crown Deluxe Bradawl
£13.46 (£11.22 Ex. VAT)

Crown Deluxe Bradawl

  • Square blade, brass ferrule and hardwood handle
  • Simple and comfortable to work with
£13.46 (£11.22 Ex. VAT)

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Not merely a tool for making holes. The square blade is surmounted by a brass ferrule and teardrop shaped hardwood handle which fits perfectly in the hand and is a great pleasure to use. Seldom does a tool come along which is so simple and yet so good to look at and so comfortable to work with.

Reviews (2)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 2 out of 5 based on 2 reviews

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Ivan Bradley

25 May 2015

addendum to previous review

well... I've carefully rubbed the handle down and applied several coats of wipe-on poly then wet wire-wooled it. It doesn't look too bad, though I stand by what I said about the "rosewood" appearing to be a grain effect painted on rather than what I expected from the description.

Te reason I'm writing this additional piece is to point out that I don't regret my purchase, in spite of the above gripe but more importantly to state that I'm very impressed with Axminster for publishing a less than favourable review.
I'm surprised, and delighted and Axminster are assured of my ongoing custom because of this.

I bought a piece of kit - a multi-point "dividers" setting-out tool – from a well-known Derbyshire "high-end" tool store. It turned out to be utter tat and too inaccurate to use even for ball-park marking out. I could literally eyeball/estimate a marking scheme and get more usable accuracy than using this thing, so I returned it. They in turn returned it to me, "fixed" but no better than it was originally. In the meantime they seem to have whacked the rivets with a hammer to take up some play in one direction while ignoring the play in every other direction. Some "equal" divisions were 50% bigger than others, for example. There is no way this could be used for anything I'd ever want to use it for. I wrote a review, which fairly described the problem. They did not publish it .I attempted resubmitting it some time later. Into the Phantom Zone it went.
However this may be rationalized, it is totally contrary to the notion of fair reviewing and because feedback on what they sell cannot be trusted, I will never, ever shop with them again. Hope you see my point. Thanks, Axminster. You got it right.


Ivan Bradley

23 April 2015


I bought this rather expensive little tool to "pamper" myself a bit, make using it a treat and enjoy the tactile experience of something with a bit of character as well as its vaunted good quality.
After a while the handle became rough to the touch, which was the exact opposite of what I expected. I thought it would polish in and patinate with handling. Infuriatingly it now seems that the "rosewood" is coming off, revealing a black surface underneath leading me to the conclusion that the rosewood I bought this for is actually just a painted-on grained finish - like a B&Q "mahogany effect" mdf toilet seat. I'm not very happy. I bought this thinking it was a bit special instead of buying an ordinary chiwanese effort for a couple of quid.

The blade IS good though it's mounted off-centre and prone to rusting if not kept oiled, but I expect carbon steel to require a little upkeep.
It IS comfortable, on account of the ergonomic shape but not as much as it could be because of the odd wear.
I've just given it another couple of coats of Danish oil to see if it improves matters any. I would have sanded it all down and sealed and repolished it like I have - successfully - with old rosewood plane totes and handles, but if all the "rosewood" comes off in the sanding, God only knows what I'll find underneath.

I've had it far too long to return it but I feel the product is not as advertised. Maybe it's out of spec and Axminster would like to exchange it and take the matter up with their supplier?

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