WoodRiver - Skinner Knife Kit
Create a knife you will be proud to show and use for a lifetime, or give as an impressive gift. With this kit, you can make a high-quality knife without the metal working tools or expertise...
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Item 163955Model E044PW-5A
• Stainless steel blade
• 6" overall length, 2-1/4" blade
• Slightly dropped point
• Comes with blade and 3 screw together rivets
• Scales (handles) and 30-minute epoxy sold separately
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From cutting and marking in the shop, to hunting and camping, to preparing a simple meal, a good knife is indispensable. Mass-produced knives can be found for every budget and use. But custom knives, which are often far more attractive, tend to get expensive very quickly.
Of course, the ultimate custom knife would include a hand-forged and hand-sharpened blade. If you’re not up for the expense and dirty work of such an endeavor, you can still experience the pride of a well-crafted and functional addition to your tool collection. All you need is a knife kit.
Dresses up nicely
I scrapped the rivits and drilled the holes to fit mosaic pins and scaled it in thick ironwood burl. The blade will buff out nicely to a near mirror shine with a few compounds. I refiled the jimps into the wood and finished it with catalyzed urethane.
I will be buying more for gifts
Small compact, perfect skinning knife.
sharp and fits hand will
I'm not a knife builder but these were on sale and I needed a skinner knife so I gave it a try. The kit is very easy to build if done in proper steps. The pattern in the instructions is not to scale so do not use it. The way I did mine was to first spot thru the handle with a brad point drill just to get a small drill spot for location , then drill counter sunk hole to proper depth, then drill thru with proper hole size drill. This process is repeated for the opposite side of the knif handle. If care is taken when drilling all the pieces will line up. Now that the knife handles are rough cut and can be dry mounted I shaped the handle to the blade. All finish sanding and surface finish was then done off the knife, then re assembled for completion.
I bought one for myself and for a friend. The he asked for three more for himself and his Grandpa. This might be next years Christmas for several friends.
Great Project Starter
Makes a perfect Christmas present
Great first knife project
Here is what I would have liked to know when I was planning the projects (built two of these as gifts.) 1. The screw posts rivets are short (about 0.3 inches post length) this would leave less than 0.1 inches of wood beneath the screw and post heads. However, you can get away with about 0.10 inches under the heads on each side, at the maximum. 2. Many woods are not strong enough when cut this thin. Strengthen the wood with either Cyanoacrylate or very thin Epoxy, applied to the back of the wood, soaked in, and well-cured, preferably before drilling. 3. The screw post rivets are steel, blackened. It is extremely easy to drop and lose a screw. There are no extras, and they are not easy to replace.
bought 5 of these blanks when on sale. Great little knife and finish well. Just add your scales and put in a decent sheath and will make great gifts. I may keep one for myself which will be unusual.
Good Work Knife
As a day to day work knife on a farm.
For the price it's a winner!
For a big hand it is just a little small, but for skinning it's great. For daily use it's perfect
Very pleased with all my purchases
I have no complaints on this blank. I've seen where others have complained on assembly instructions . As a knife maker I personnely do not read these as they are usually written in another country and are poor, commonsense in assembly will prevail.
OK for the price
Wanted to use up some very nice peices of wood left over from turning. These knife blades are a good use for that. I do not use the counter sinks. They don't, IMO, add to the finished knife. I use brass rod.
Not as advertised!
I bought these knife blanks with the idea of crafting exotic wood and antler handles, etching the blades to add patina, and add them to my product line at shows which I attend. The sale price was very attractive, but I was disappointed that they were made in China. Woodcraft's catalog as well as it's sales flyer states that the blanks are "high carbon steel". That's not the case! They are stainless, which is impossible to etch! OH, WELL!!!!
THIS WAS MY FIRST KNIFE PROJECT. IT WAS FUN AND PRETTY EASY TO DO. MADE MY OWN LANYARD AND HAND SEWN SHEATH. ALL IN ALL TURNED OUT NICE.
love this thing...plan on buyin another
awesome lil knife...only drawback was the pattern...the pattern holes dont match the pre-drilled holes in the tang...was a very easy problem to overcome...
love this thing...plan on buyin another
awesome lil knife...only drawback is the pattern for the grips...holes didnt line up but was easy to correct..
Great project for novice knife maker.
A fun little project - probably the smallest thing I have ever made using wood. Start by not using the template as given, the holes do not line up with the holes in the tang. Better to sketch your own directly on the wood using the tang as a guide, then free hand the parts on steel. The rivets are short, you will need very thin scales or countersink them. The matching countersink works well. The rivets use a 13/64 drill bit. A lot of the shaping work can be done with the tangs attached with the rivets or dowels...you don't have to wait until they are epoxied to the tang. However, the final sanding and polishing should wait until the scales are glued.
Good quality that I would buy again
I am a hobbist knife maker and collecter.
affordable custom knives
These are a great way to learn knife making skills at an affordable price
Skinner knife a Winner!
My daughter asked me for a knife to open hay bales at her college barn. I chose the skinner for it's compact design: it has more style than a folder. The wood is Jobillo with brass pins. The thong features a cast claw of a dinosaur called Bambiraptor and that name is engraved on the blade. It was sharpened using the #124629 Edgemaking System. She is constantly asked about her knife.
Quick and easy project
I purchased 3 of these to make for gifts for my sons and 1 for myself. They each took, on average, 4 hours to complete. I ended up leaving the middle fastener out, (wife's suggestion), to carve a picture or initials, on the last 2. The only drawback is I am having a hard time finding an idea for sheaths for them.
Cool Little Knife - Difficult to Sheathe
This was my first knife and made as a gift. The scales on this model do not go to the edges all the way around. That means that instead of just the area by the blade needing to be finished before assembly, the area by the lanyard hole also needs to be finished. I ended up using double stick tape to keep the 2 scales together while I shaped them in their entirety before assembly. It really made for an interesting build. Two issues however: 1) The pattern included is incorrect - making the handles to that pattern and then drilling the holes from the blade will put the holes through the sides (don't ask how I know that...) 2) The same thing that makes this such a cool looking knife (curved back and lack of a pommel) made for some interesting challenges in making the sheath. The short blade also made a standard sheath (blade only in the sheath and the entire handle exposed) not a good option as the handle portion wanted to fall forward. It feels GREAT in the hand though.
Recommended first knife kit
This was our first knife kit and it worked out well. It's inexpensive enough for experimenting yet the finished product is quite nice. Give it a try.
Great Kit to Start Makin' Knives
Knife kit bought to see how difficult creating a handmade knife would be...kit made it easy to create a great item. Only problem I had was the pattern that is posted with the instructions was not accurate, so one wasted piece of wood. However, once I got past that the directions were good. Was making this for a gift, but decided to keep it as it fits beautifully in my hand.