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Item 148359
Model 148359W

WoodRiver - Tanto Style Knife Kit



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Build beautiful custom knives that everyone will admire. WoodRiver knife kits come with screw-together scale (handle) rivets and either stainless steel or striking Japanese laminated steel blades. Blades are pre-shaped and ground. Just pick your favorite wood for the scales and create a truly one-of-a-kind knife. Kits include blade and rivets. Scales (handles) and 30-minute epoxy not included. 11-1/2" overall length; 6-1/8" blade length. Specialized blade shaped for penetration.


  • Stainless steel blade
  • Specialized blade shape
  • Comes with blade and 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.

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4.47 out of 5 stars
19 Reviews
  1. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great Blade

    I ditched the rivets and ground off the ridges. Then I reworked the tang to fit through a Bear's head finger guard and attached it to an Elk horn brow tine. It made a super fantastic knife. Too bad I can't upload a photo, it's one awesome looking, functional knife. I made it as a gift and the owner said they use it all the time!

  2. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This knife is bar far one of the slickest looking useful knives I have made. The edge is extremely sharp and the heft is perfect for those jobs that demand some serious hand-held real estate like fish, wild game. Tantos are beautiful knives in the first place because of the elegant design, but create your own handle and it is guaranteed to be a collectible keepsake. The Woodcraft price is the best I have found. ~Hugh Rardin

  3. 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Finger too close to the edge

    I just finished one of your Tanto kits. The build and finish were straight forward enough. Looks nice. But, when I showed it to some people who used knifes, the first thing they said was, "you are going to cut yourself if you stab something with that". The finger cutout is right at the cutting edge of the blade. I am going to file down the first 1/2 inch of the cutting edge to make this knife safer. I have another kit and plan to modify the scales to cover that part of the blade. It really should be redesigned, for safety.

  4. 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    ditch the threaded rivets

    Knife itself is nice, a great value. Threaded rivets are not worth the hassle. To use them you have to thin the handle stock so they can sit on top or countersink each side of the handle exactly so that the threads meet but are not loose. With typical 3/8 scales that means counter sink depths of 1/8 to 3/16 per side. Make sure you have a drill press or a tight stop collar on your bit for countersinking and a very sharp bit to avoid tearing out the hole. Much easier to pay a couple of dollars for steel or brass pin stock that can simply be cut to length and sits flush with the surface.

  5. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Couldn't be more pleased!

    I ordered the Tanto, the Spear Point and the Skinner. These blades are very substantial and arrived on the day promised. What an incredible value at $9.99 each but are worth the full price. I can't wait to complete these.... heading to Woodcraft tomorrow to pick out some dimensional exotic wood! Thanks Woodcraft! Very pleased with you guys!

  6. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Awesome knife kit

    What makes this kit great is that you can finish it in a weekend! It is a quality knife kit and fun to make. You do not need the countersinks, as I used drill bits from an index, just use calipers to find the right sizes. If you do not have a drill index, then countersinks to match may be the way to go, but I have not used them. Thanks for reading!

  7. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great kit, well balanced knife

    I use the knife primarily as a work tool, but its balance and, so far, edge holding ability is excellent.

  8. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Reasonable knife kit.

    This knife kit is pretty solid. I was not a fan of the rivets supplied so I am using just using peened steel rod instead. The blade does show signs of tool marks but its nothing a few passes with sandpaper could not fix. I am using paduk for the scales I do wish there was a model with a steel or brass bolster.

  9. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Tanto just the best fixed blade availabl

    These are some of the best Knife Blanks available

  10. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great Knife Blade

    This is really a great blade! I would have given it a 5 rating if came with almost ANY other pin type for attaching the scales. Corby rivets, Loveless bolts or even plain old compression rivets would be a better choice in my opinion. Overall, the blade is well made of heavy stainless steel of seemingly good quality. I didn't use the lanyard hole but it's there if one wants to install one. I would recommend this knife to anyone.

  11. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    wonderful blade to ad your own handle

    This blade is strong, durable and very well is worth the money!

  12. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Great kit

    Easy to work with,everything came together for a great fit.

  13. 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    very nice looking

    I only have had time to look at this blade because less then a week from delivery my shop burned down. so its still on my desk.

  14. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Lots of fun

    This is a fun simple project that can be done by a beginner with limited tools. I completed this with the countersinks, epoxy, clamps, and file set.

  15. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    excellent knife kit for the price

    the screw together rivets have small heads that were almost useless unless (I assume) you buy their special stepped bit. I will be using squeeze rivets with their larger heads

  16. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Awesome knives!

    These are awesome knives!

  17. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Nice starter knife kit

    The only draw back is that there are no "alinement pins" included for the handle sides, I had to "make" alinement pins using nails, 2 different size pieces of (color coded) rod that fit the holes in the blank would greatly aid in the alinement and drilling

  18. 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    good product

    good product

  19. 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    I bought 2 Tanto's good knife

    I like the knife I bought 2 of them to build for my self and I sold both of them so I am going to pick up 4 more of them so I could have one for my self.

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