Updated March 02, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Center Punches

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in February of 2019. These tools really pack a punch — a center punch, that is. They create a dimple where you intend to drill a hole in a piece of metal or other material, so the drill does not wander off from the intended spot for a hole. Many can also break through vehicle glass, making them a useful part of a car's emergency kit. Here, you'll find both automatic and manual varieties. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Rennsteig Automatic

2. Starrett 4-Inch

3. General Tools #89

Editor's Notes

February 28, 2019:

We started by looking at options from top names, including Starrett, Rennsteig, and Mayhew. Although we added automatic models from both Starrett and Rennsteig, it's tough to say which one truly comes out on top, as they're both crafted from durable materials to high quality standards. For example, it's true that the Rennsteig has a handle that's designed for comfort, where the Starrett's is plainer, but some users don't like the extra bulk. So, in the end, the choice is subjective. We also selected a few budget models, such as the Neiko 5-Inch, the Forge Industrial Brass, and the Horusdy Spring Loaded 2-Piece; they're fine for DIYers and light use, but if you rely on your tools to make a living, then these may not be heavy-duty enough.

4. Starrett 18C

5. Neiko 5-Inch

6. Lisle Automatic

7. Forge Industrial Brass

8. Mayhew Punch Kit

9. Horusdy Spring Loaded 2-Piece

10. Stanley Fatmax 3/8-Inch

Melissa Harr
Last updated on March 02, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.

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