Prick Punch
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Quick Overview
A prick punch is used to precisely create a dimple in metal for layout work or further expansion by a center punch. A prick punch has a shaper point than a center punch which can help in initial placement.
Prick Punch

This is a Proto professional 1/4 prick punch made from steel, and is 4.75" long.

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The sharper tip on a prick punch can help to precisely locate a mark. The mark can be used to make further measurements from or enlarged with a center punch for drilling. For instance, a circle could be scribed by placing one end of a divider(compass) in the prick punch dimple. This would be more effective than a center punch hole since the end of the divider would have more room to shift in a center punch dimple. You can see a comparison between a center punch and prick punch below.

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Note: Safety glasses are not overkill when using a punch. Any time hardened metal is struck together there is a decent chance a shard of metal will fly off.

Additional Information

SKU
ci0009
Manufacturer Part Number
No
RoHS Compliant
n/a
Flammable
N/A
Small Shipping Item
N/A

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