This awl is long.....about 16.5 inches in length with a sharp point for piercing canvas or other sturdy materials and a 1/4 inch hole near the point for drawing thick string or thread, thin rope or leather thongs through heavy items. The handle is wooden with a wonderful smooth patina. The shaft also has a smooth patina, but no rust. The point is straight and sharp. The tool has no markings. A great old tool for a collector.