My Camillus Military folding knife has an awl on it. I've never used it and sort of forgot that it was even there. But awls are very useful tools out in the woods. Drilling holes in wood, punching holes in thin metal, cloth or leather for sewing or lashing, and the one on my folder even has a chisel point for small gouging or chiseling jobs. I'm thinking that the awl is as old a tool as the knife. Stone age bone awls have been recovered at archaeological sites. All sorts of uses for them, and they aren't hard to make out of natural materials, as well as steel, in an emergency.