Knife Making Kit
In The Box
- Shawnee Skinner Blade
- Maple Handle Scale Set
- Brass Bolster Set
- Leather Pouch Sheath
- Mosaic Pins
Shape, Sand, and Finish
- Man Crates Knife Making Guide
- 2-Ton Syringe Epoxy
- Rasp & File Set
- Graded Sandpaper Set
- Bench Vise
- Wood Finish
How It Ships
- Orders placed by noon PST will ship out same day
- Choose your delivery date at checkout
The Knife Life
We don't know much about the guy who wrote, "the pen is mightier than the sword," except that he probably wasn't using his sword right.
Ask any honest farmhand, Japanese chef, or the two most dangerous ninja turtles, and they'll tell you a sharp blade is the most virtuous and versatile tool a man can wield. A trusty, fixed blade won't bend, break, or stray from its owner's side; when the going gets tough, the tough get cut.
But unlike men and Socialist paychecks, not all knives are created equal. We've found that the knives guys trust the most are ones they make themselves. The Knife Making Project Kit gives every guy the opportunity to design, craft, and perfect his new best friend.
Shanks For The Memories
The Knife Making Kit is fronted by a 440c stainless-steel Shawnee Skinner blade crafted in Japan, home of the samurai. This hollow ground blade features a thumb notch for comfortable handling and easy maneuverability, and is manufactured with the durability to outlast its maker.
We've blurred the line between trendy, polished tools and dangerously sharp fashion accessories by including maple burl handle scales, classy brass bolsters, ornately-designed mosaic pins, and a top-grain, vegetable-tanned leather sheath. The knife will develop its own unique character through the process of shaping and staining.
Handle With Care
A dependable knife should instill fear and apprehension into its foes, not its handler, so we've included all the tools needed to rid it of stray splinters and extraneous wood.
Like the chisels of Michelangelo, a gamut of rasps and files, graded sandpapers, and a portable bench vise will give birth to a precision carved masterpiece. And for final touches, a wood finish to pull out the unique grains of the maple burl handle.
The Knife Making Kit contains everything needed for hours of knife crafting in the garage, and a lifetime of handling out in the world.
May 6th 2018
My wife bought this for me as a birthday gift. As soon as I saw what it was I knew it’d be fun. Couldn’t wait to make it my own. It took me about 6 hours and i enjoyed every minute.
Mar 31st 2018
Knife Handle Kit
My wife bought me this kit for X-mas 2017. I'm a hobby guy and I watch a lot of Forged In Fire. She knew I'd love this kit. I don't own a forge, nor will I ever, blacksmithing is just not in my future. That being said I've always enjoyed wood working and being able to shape my own handle and customize the fit has been a great experience. No this is not a "Knife Making Kit." This was an enjoyable project and lasted me about a week. I've only got two steps left: 1. Stain the Sheath, 2. Shape the Sheath.
Mar 21st 2018
I hope you hired a new machinist!! In my kit, the pins did NOT fit the bolsters or line up with the "tang"!! It is good to have a complete drill index and a drill press to clean up the misfits. It seems like a nice project for about 60 hrs. the almost great review is because of the misfits and the crappy cardboard box you ship in.
Mar 20th 2018
Better than thought
My wife got this for me for my birthday and at first I wasn't entirely sure what exactly was involved but after taking it out of the box and looking through it and reading the instructions it turned into quite a little evening project for several weeks which I was delighted with. The instructions are just vague enough to be interesting and require a little bit of thought but not difficult that you can't figure it out . I found using a bench sander for more easier than using the rasps and files that came with the kit but the same paper was excellent and provided a nice finished . I am looking forward to more kits from the man crates and might even do another knife
Mar 19th 2018
More than just a knife.
I got this as a Valentine's day gift, and was unsure about it at first, especially after looking at how much I cost when checking out the site. Sure, it's really pricy. You can buy the finished product for a third of what this costs. But this is not just a knife you are buying.
I cracked into this on a Saturday morning in the garage as my family went out for their day of things to do. I usually go with them but this time was part of the gift. I figured I'd just knock it out and be done. 8 hours later they returned home and I felt like I had just started working. I lost myself in the process and had lost all track of time. I had a rough shape taking place and by this point had begun unboxing long forgotten tools (most notably the good ole dremmel)
That night I just sat there with a roughly shaped knife handle and a taped up blade, holding it and trying to decide how I wanted it to ultimately feel in my hand. Looking at it and deciding how I wanted it to look when done. Searching online for examples of other knives, techniques for shaping and finishing. I spent an hour or 2 in some fashion almost every day for a month working or thinking about it. It almost became theraputic.
When it was all said and done, I probably put 40 hours into this knife and have something to show for my efforts. It is not perfect, not even close. The brass is pitted and scratched, there are flaws in the finish of the scales and one of them has a gap between it and the brass. Every flaw is a lesson learned, something I had to deal with in some way. They are part of what makes my knife uniquely mine.
I am proud of what I made with my own 2 hands. When it was complete the cost equals about $3 per hour of joy and entertainment. Oh, and I have a kick ass knife that I will use for life at no additional cost.
I give it 5 stars, even though they give no left handed sheath option. Perhaps Man Crates will come out with a leather sheath making kit in the future...