The Japanese screw punch creates holes in leather, felt, and heavy fabrics and papers. Downward pressure on the hole punch causes the shaft to spin like a drill bit and make smooth holes. Unlike standard hole-punch pliers that can only create holes near edges, the screw punch drills holes anywhere on the material. The hole punch creates cleaner holes than an awl and can be used for creating eyelets. Use a cutting mat or thick piece of wood as a work surface (not recommended to use self-healing cutting mat - the punch will damage it). Handle is made of beautiful and durable rubberwood, a type of maple hardwood commonly used for making furniture.