Chris Black is an excellent craftsman, a heckuva nice guy and he makes these birdcage awls in his workshop in Rolesville N.C.
That’s a hard combo to beat.
I swear by mine, and $45 is an absolute steal. I just saw that he has some available through Craigslist at the moment (link here) He’s also got a few other tools, so check out the “more ads by this user link” or send him an email for a full list of what he’s got.
I get no kickbacks from Chris. I just really find these to be excellent tools and I like to share when I see them available. His burnishers and card scrapers are great too!