I just broke an awl that has served me well for so many years I can't remember where I got it. When a butt cap is held on with long heavy staples, I could usually use this awl to pry up enough staple to grab it with a cutting plier or a long nosed plier. TW does sell a straight awl and I have purchased several of those over the years. They aren't up to this task. What do you use? Here's a picture of mine. The point is removable.