All of the screwback spikes sold are made for easy application and great looks. The screw supplied is used to fasten the spike onto your project. It is a quick job to spike leather (or other material). Below is a detail description of each step.
This tool works well with leather and other tough materials. It comes with six different punch sizes.
A non-bladed awl, The Dart Awl has only one point for puncturing. A simple tool that make small slits in leather or helps open holes in weave. This tool is universal.
Sometimes it is used to protect the surface you are working on. The mat will take the punches and slices when working with leather.
Sometimes used to help punch the awl through particularly thick or stubborn leather.
May be used like the Awl to make slits. Watch out for their big blade; It is bad if you make a slit in the material that is too wide for the screw.
Flathead Screwdriver, Phillips Screwdriver
All of the spikes that StudsAndSpikes sells either have a flathead slot or a Phillips slot. The screwdriver helps you tighten the spike onto the material.
Kitchen Cutting Board, Wood Board
May be used to protect your work area from the blades or points of the awl. When working with leather, wood often does not give as nicely as a Cobblers Mat.
Loctite or Glue
Loctite or other glues designed for metal can be used for extra hold or to attach. When it is desirable for the screw to hold on tight to the spike, Loctite (or similar metal glue) can be used. Many people using spikes for auto or motorbike detailing will use Loctite Blue (or red for permanent glue) to secure the spike onto the screw thread. (There are also other glues and epoxies used to secure the spike right onto leather, plastic or other material without using the screw for this, but this is not our expertise.)