Originally Posted by sansaephanh
Hmm... must learn how to use...
Watch a few videos on stringing at a Grand Slam even. I recall US Open and a French Open videos with the stringer using a blunt awl after stringing.
If you have a bench grinder and screw driver you don't really like, you can round off the tip.
True, you can try to straighten the crosses as you tension them, but if you do a lot of rackets, your finger tips will hurt after a while. Unless you have guitar player's callouses.