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 swords 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 most are the ones they make themselves. The Knife-Making Projects 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 easy maneuverability and invincible durability to outlast its maker.
We've blurred the line between trendy, polished tools and dangerously sharp fashion accessories by including Burl Maple handle scales, classy brass bolsters, ornately-designed mosaic pins, and a top-grain, vegetable-tanned leather sheath. The knife will develop a unique character through hours of shaping and staining.
Handle With Care
A dependable knife should instill fear and misgivings into its foes, not its handler, so we've included all the tools needed to rid it of stray splinters and exposed wood.
Like the chisels of Michelangelo, a gamut of rasps and files, graded sandpapers, and a portable bench vise will give birth to a perfectly palm-fitted handle. And for final touches, a wood finish to pull out the unique grains of the Burl Maple handle.
The Knife Making Kit is everything needed for hours of crafting in the garage, and a lifetime of handling out in the world.
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...
Feb 21st 2018
My wife purchased the knife making kit for me for Valentine's Day.... nothing says love like a good sturdy knife after all! 😀 I found it quite relaxing putting this together and had no issues at all. The finished product is a thing of beauty. Very satisfied with it.
Feb 16th 2018
Not "knife making"
This isn't a knife making kit, it's simply a knife handle making kit. The blade comes already shaped and sharpened. Just not as cool.
Feb 3rd 2018
Good fun. Nice knife.
Very, very nice idea. Received one for Christmas. As a fairly experienced woodworker, with plenty of available tools to hand, I was not inclined to use just the files included in the Crate and found a coping saw and Dremel very effective in roughing the wood to size.
I am very pleased with the result and still have to shape the sheath. The vise is nicely made, but the one hex screw that I really needed to tighten was inaccessible; this resulted in the vise being too wobbly for comfort.
Two or three layers of masking tape on the blade is essential during construction...
Altogether a very nice project
Jan 28th 2018
Better than expected
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my fiancee who has everything. He absolutely loves it. I'll be buying other crates in the future