Bodkin, the needle tool for fly tying, if bought commercially
usually has a half-hitch knot tool on the handle. The handle
can also be used to pack hair, on a hook. They are the same
shape and diameter as a No. 2 Graphite Pencil. I also have
additional half-hitch tools in different sizes for larger and
smaller hooks. You can purchase these commercially also, and
the shape and size are the same as the Bodkin.
I have trouble holding the Bodkin, the metal makes the Bodkin
slick and slippery. I have dropped the Bodkin on the floor
more times than I wish to remember. Same goes for the
Half-Hitch Tools/Hair Stacker. With the Half-Hitch Tools, I
have another problem. Figuring out which one to use, and which
end. They are not marked so it is always a trial an error when
Then while I was in the Department Store, I got an idea when
I was passing thru the School Supply Section.
There in front of me on the shelf, was a package of Pencil Grippers,
to help you grip your pencil better. Duh? So I bought a package
and went home. Was hungry from thinking so hard, so I made myself
a Peanut Butter and Jalapeno Sandwich (don't knock it, if you haven't
tried it, they are great!)
I placed one pencil grip on my Bodkin, now I am able to hold it
better. Then I dug out my Half-Hitch Tools.
But here I cut the remaining Pencil Grips, and used the different
colors to designate the different ends of the tool. Now I have
a good grip on the situation, and I know what end to use at a glance.
Please check out the Fly Tying Section, in the Bulletin Board, on FAOL.
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