I have found the awl to be the most useful blade on my alox pioneer. Because of its pointy thick edge and its lower profile than a regular blade, it takes a lot more abuse and receives less staring than the main blade. I only use the main blade to peel fruits, while throw all the other tasks to this awl: open packages, scraping paint, cut tapes, strip wires... It been one hell of a performer. I wish one day someone will make a locking single-blade version of this awl blade.