Camillus - HT-7 Fixed Blade Knife Kit
Since 1876 Camillus Cutlery has been producing and supplying the world with innovative, reliable, quality-made knives that have stood the test of time. The HT-7 Fixed Blade Knife Kit is constructed...
- 5/32" Titanium Bonded® cutlery-grade steel
- Fitted black nylon sheath
- Excellent general-purpose knife
- 7" overall length; 3-1/4" blade length
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Not as Good as Kitchen Life Kits
I've had this kit laying around for a year and decided to build it as a Christmas present. I've always made wood handles but since this getting used outdoors I made it out of G10 like plastic. This is much harder to work with than wood but luckily I have a Grizzly combo spindle / disc sander and this made life a lot easier. The problem with this kit became evident when I tried to mount my new handles and would that the studs are way to short. The instructions call for the handles to be 8 mm thick where the studs go through but the threaded stud is 13 mm and the screw that goes into it is 4 mm for a maximum of 17 mm. The handles alone are 16 mm not including the 5 mm blade. I guess my options are drilled out the blade and handles and gluing in 3/8 brass rod like other knives I've done, find a longer screw or trying to countersink the holes in the handle to make the existing screws work. Poor design!
Don't Buy This Kit
I bought this kit on sale and thought I had a pretty good deal. Not so. The screw rivets this knife comes with are too short to get a good handle on it. I tried to drill out the holes to use brass rods but have been unable to get even one hole drilled and there are 5 of them. I broke one drill bit that costs more than the kit and decided that was all. I worked on this knife off and on for 3 months, I decided to just shelve it and work on something else.
Serious ding for the holes being metric. If you market and sell a kit like this in the US then you should not use metric. I didnt want to use the screws this came with and the holes were too big or two small for all the rod available at my local Woodcraft. Drilled out the holes with great effort and three bits destroyed in the process. Speaks well to how hard the steel is I suppose but seriously...fractional inches in standard sizes please!
A little harder than earlier projects
I have built a few knives from smaller blanks. This was my first without a guard. I didn't like the pins it came with so I bought some brass rods at the store. We had to drill out the handle for the 3/16 rods to go through the steel. We broke two drill bits but did get through it. I used oak for the handle and did some cutting and shaping before assembly. It was a bit different than the smaller knives I had done but with a bit more patience and measuring we came up with a pretty knife. My handle seems a bit bigger than the picture but fits my hand and does fit in the sheaf. It took about 2 1/2 hours.
HT-7 - Poor quality
The sheath strap is so short it will just barely go around the bare blade. Snapping to secure the blade with handles attached is simple impossible. Made in China. I would NOT recommend purchasing this kit.