Knife Making Kit

(93 customer reviews)



Knife Making Kit


The Knife Making Kit by Indy Hammered Knives is the most unique gift that you can find for that one person who has everything (or every knife!).

Check out this review of the kit by Sid from Its an Outdoors Life

If you ever wanted to make your own knife (or know someone who does) then this kit is certainly the easiest way to make an amazing knife just the way you want it.  This kit comes complete with everything (other than the sand paper and your creative mind and hands) to complete your knife as well as very detailed instructions. It couldn’t be easier and NO kit on the market is as high quality, with exotic handle materials included and this IS THE ONLY kit that is hand forged and hammered!

I have taken care of all the tricky parts of making a knife like forging the blade, hand grinding the razors edge, cutting the handles to perfect scales, cutting the brass pins and holes so alignment is perfect and there is no chance for gaps in your pins and scales.

Your Complete Kit Comes With:

  • 8″ IHK Skinner Blade (4″ Blade – 8″ overall) 1095 Hand Forged Completely Finished – Sharpened and Polished Steel
  • Book Matched Scales
  • Book Matched Scales are pre-sanded and perfectly square – Pin holes are pre-drilled to size
  • Brass Mosaic Pin and Brass Lanyard Tube cut to length
  • 2 Ton – 30 min dry time – 2 part epoxy (in corked glass tubes)
  • Custom Handmade Leather Sheath
  • Step by Step Instructions – Illustrated
  • Letter of Authenticity
  • Care Card Instruction on maintaining your high carbon steel blade
  • Beautiful Wooden Gift Box with Brass Hardware and Latch

So just choose the handle type you would like to use for your Complete IHK Skinner Knife Kit.  Plus this is the perfect way to get started if you have an interest in making knives.

Want to see more kits offered by Indy Hammered Knives? Click here to see the Damascus Knife Making Kit:

Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 7 × 4 in
Handle Type

Curly Maple, Birdseye Maple, Zebrawood, Black Walnut, Bloodwood, Olivewood, Cocobolo

Sheath Color

Brown, Black

93 reviews for Knife Making Kit

  1. Anton M.

    Great Knife; Great Kit
    This knife is very high quality. It was delivered on time and the customer service has been great. I would highly recommend this kit if you want to build your own knife.

  2. Alex T.

    best christmas gift ever
    I’ve been working on this knife for the last few weeks and finely have something that will last me a lifetime i would definitely recommend this knife kit to anyone who wants to make there own knife or has a teen that would like making his or her own knive

  3. Mark P.

    I bought this kit for my husband’s birthday and I can’t wait to give it to him. He has everything, loves knives, so this will be perfect for him. Will add to this review after he opens it, there is not doubt he will love it. I KNOW after he gets this we will be ordering more from this website.

  4. Chris S.

    Got this for my son. He could not wait to start putting it together. A really nice knife

  5. Samantha D.

    Great Knife Kit
    Awesome knife kit, great gift & amazing quality!

  6. Danny S.

    Great,Its arrived!
    Wow, It’s amazing. Real high quality piece of kit. Would be a great gift idea for someone. Can’t wait to start making mine. Would of marked 5stars but I had to pay heavy to have it shipped to England. Oh well? Well done Indi hammer I’ll be looking at your products in future!

  7. Morgan H.

    Amazing! Couldn’t be happier
    Because this as a gift for my brother in law and he absolute loved it and the blade is gorgeous great craftsmanship. I was so impressed I may end up buying on for myself.

  8. bryan s.

    IHK Skinner
    I’m very impressed with the overall quality of the kit. Being a novice, the only concern I have is that one of the scales is considerably thicker than the other. Despite this I am super excited to build with my son. We are already looking at your folding kit for our next project.

  9. Angel D.

    PERFECT gift choice!!
    This gift was beyond special in many ways.. James, the owner, was extremely sweet and helpful and so warm to deal with. I love purchasing from people who have a great story behind them, as well as truly love their craft. You can see his love through his beautiful work! I purchased the knife kit for my husband for Father’s Day, and though the price was a little higher than I planned to spend, when I received it I knew it was worth every penny. When my husband opened it on Father’s Day his eyes lit up like a little boy getting THE BEST TOY EVER! I think men love using their hands and creating…so sharp items & blocks of raw wood, just “speak” to them! He immediately started planning how he would shape his knife handle and talking about new knife hobbies. I’d say it was the perfect man gift! {high-fives myself}

  10. Sameera L.

    Overall: happy
    The blade was beautiful and the box and layout was very nice. I was disappointed with the wood for the handle…one piece was much darker than the other and it didn’t look the the wood I had selected.

  11. Amie P.

    Fiancee Knowles
    What do you buy for a guy who has it all, especially every knife known to mankind? A make-your-own-knife kit, of course! The blade was awesome straight out of the box. It was gorgeously crafted and quite sharp. The handle was fantastic – he can’t wait to mold it to the exact shape of his hand. The packaging was also impressive – the wooden box was manly and the filler gave it a nice, rustic feel. Overall, a great gift that he is still stoked about two weeks later. He showed it off to everyone! Also, the knife maker is super nice. This was an all-around great transaction.

  12. Nick

    I was given this knife as a gift, from my girlfriend. I don’t like this knife at all, but I don’t want to upset her by saying that. So, now we have a $125 knife blank we use as a letter opener!!

  13. Kristi D.

    Knife kit
    Very good quality products for this kit, will look forward to buying more products ..

  14. Curtis C.

    IHK Skinner kit
    Bought this as a present for my son. He Was super excited. Top notch quality. Very satisfied.

  15. Dawn B.

    This is absolutely amazing. Great craftsmanship! This is a gift for my husband and he is going to love it!

  16. Cheryl B.

    Gave as gift. Have not
    Gave as gift. Have not had any feed back yet

  17. Theresa B.

    Knife Kit
    My boyfriend bought me this for Yule. I absolutely love it. And I’m learning so much about how to use it. Beautiful craftsmanship. I’m showing EVERYONE.

  18. Whitney H.

    My Fiance loves it
    I purchased this kit for my fiance for Valentine’s day. After contacting James and receiving information on the product, I chose to purchase this kit because to me it looked to be the best quality out there. We received it only a few days after ordering and it was perfect. Thank you for good customer service, a quality product, and a price that’s fair.

  19. Marcus D.

    Custom Blade.
    I ordered a custom bushcraft blade from IHK.
    Superb product with a quick turnaround and the best service I have received from a bladesmith.
    Cannot recommend enough..

  20. Cory W.

    Great knife
    This is a very nice kit. Craftsmanship is amazing and you can’t beat the customer service. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to get a start in knife building.

  21. Gregory Z.

    could not have asked for
    could not have asked for more, it was perfect

  22. Zach G.

    Great craftsmanship
    A great project to learn how to attach hand finish handles

  23. Rebecca S.

    Great birthday gift for my
    Great birthday gift for my husband. He loved the quality.

  24. Joe P.

    Great hobby kit
    I really enjoyed making this knife. All of the hard stuff was really done and the quality of the materials was first rate. Highly recommend.

  25. Mackenzie S.

    Knife kit
    Everything was great. Unfortunately while he was putting the final touches on the handle, he chipped the wood and hasn’t finished it. If he tried to fix it, I’ll send a finished picture. Thank you though..It really was a beautiful piece before he chipped it

    Mackenzie Simmons

  26. Johnni H.

    Awesome Kit
    Love that the kit is customizable to your tastes.

  27. John W.

    Excellent transaction
    Great kit. Very good quality. Good instructions.

  28. Mary T.

    Complete knife kit
    My husband LOVED this gift and can’t wait to get started finishing the knife.

  29. martin f.

    Best b-day gift so far
    Best b-day gift so far

  30. Erika D.

    I bought this knife kit for my fiancé for his birthday. James was a pleasure to work with. He loves it and couldn’t wait to get started on customizing his knife! Thanks James!

  31. Lindsay W.

    Ordered for husband as gift
    Asked questions before purchase, got back to me very quickly. Everything about purchase I was very pleased!! I can’t wait for my husband to see the kit on Christmas 🎄

  32. Valerie S.

    Best present ever!
    My fiancé is a knife collector and has been looking for a new hobby. I got this for him for Christmas and he was thrilled! He’s had so much fun shaping the handle. He is already ready for another!!

  33. Jillian T.

    Christmas Gift
    I got this as a Christmas gift and he loved it! It arrived quick, and was packaged in such a classic stylish way. He hasn’t started it yet but is very excited to!

  34. James C.

    Quality all the way front packaging to the box including the super sharp blade and excellent wood blanks

  35. Sharayah B.

    Haven’t received product
    I haven’t received shipping info or the product yet

  36. Tracey O.

    Complete knife kit
    My husband loved it. Thank you for putting out high quality items. I will be back

  37. Bruce D.

    Great project knife for all
    Great project knife for all skill levels
    Good quality material results in a sharp good looking knife

  38. Joyce P.

    Excellent craftsmanship and VERY SHARP
    Excellent craftsmanship and VERY SHARP

  39. Drew G.

    I purchased 1 complete skinner for my father and a kit for myself. I am very impressed with both. I ordered the complete knife with curly maple handles and also had the blade laser etched with Proverbs 17:6. “Children’s children are the crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children”. It was going to be a fathers day gift but was too cool to wait, my dad loves it. The kit I got for myself turned out beautiful, I highly recommend the desert ironwood. Its a little different to work with, it is hard and has a oily/waxy feel to it. It finishes very smooth and shiny but almost a little tack in your hand, it also smells wonderful. The overall quality of these knives is great. James was very polite and friendly on the phone and his passion shows through in these pieces of art.
    Keep Fishin James.

    Drew Gillespie

  40. Richard G.

    Dude is a master and a gentleman
    Kit is here, beautiful beyond words for the price. Back surgery prevents me from assembling at the moment but this is truly… Forged in Fire!!!

  41. Rick G.

    Now that’s a beautiful blade
    Ordered the kit for my son’s birthday, and he loves it. The blade is beautiful, and the wood has gorgeous grains. I can’t wait to see his finished product!!! He always wanted and hand forged knife of “his own”, made for him. The wait is over, now I’m jealous and got to get one for me!!

  42. Richarf G.

    Finally finished, it’s Outstanding!!!
    Slightly recovered from back surgery but I couldn’t wait anymore. Took me a week to do what would take me an hour or so. The burl handle came out beautiful using a couple of coats of tung oil, then buffed out. Well worth the effort and price! This blade will cut…

  43. Sharley W.

    So impressed with the kit! Everything included is such good quality, and you can tell alot of care and passion goes into creating these.
    Will be ordering another kit, maybe a Damascus next time? 😉

  44. janet d.

    great quality
    great quality

  45. Jay M.

    Everything I expected
    Exactly as advertised. Great gift for a friend, and they loved it.

  46. Eric M.

    Wonderful Knife Kits
    I recently bought 2 kits from IHK – both a Damascus and a standard kit – and the quality of the components in both kits is top notch. Thank you IHK for providing non-bladesmiths like me, with a great way to experience the thrill of producing a custom-made work of practical art!

  47. Elijah C.

    Great quality overall it was
    Great quality overall it was an enjoyable build the scales are beautiful

  48. Robert H.

    Exciting Project
    I am excited to start this project. Everything that you sent us of excellent quality and just as described. The only way to be better is to come to your show and do it all, maybe next project.

  49. Dennis E.

    I bought this knife from
    I bought this knife from James. He has been very accommodating and helpful in its build. Ot only is this a fine piece of steel, it is becoming my own piece of functional art.

  50. Paul P.

    Knife making kit complete
    Easy directions and even though I do not have a lot of the equipment and mostly did things by hand, the end result was perfect. Very happy with my new knife.

  51. Erin S.

    Beautiful knife kit!
    Beautiful knife kit!

  52. Greg D.

    about to start
    have not started working on the knife yet but looks promising and excited. thanks

  53. Susan S.

    I bought this for a gift, and I think it will be happily received. Beautiful presentation box, quality elements inside!

  54. Robert M.

    Highest Quality
    I was so pleased with the high quality of the knife kit I purchased for my dad for Christmas, I ordered another to give to my husband. He loves the one we purchased for my dad. so I know he will be thrilled to receive one himself. The wood is truly beautiful. Very nice gift.

  55. David C.

    I am so glad I found IHK. I spoke with James before my purchase. He was very nice and helpful. I ordered the kit and it arrived nicely packaged in a beautiful gift box. The quality of everything was obvious. Directions were perfect and everything was precise and fit perfectly. My project turned out beautifully and will be the best Christmas gift for my son. Few places offer such a high quality product with amazing customer service. I will be buying from IHK again. Don’t settle for lesser quality imitations!!

  56. Jamie L.

    Indiana Hammered Knives -Knife Academy
    James and the IHK staff are great teachers and craftsman. My sons and I enjoyed the fellowship and the ability to put the supportive teaching/guidance of James and the IHK staff into hands on work to each craft a knife/blade that is truly ours by the grace of God

    My sons each said they couldn’t wait to make their next knife. As a father I look forward to spending more time in the forge with the IHK team 🤓! ]

  57. April J.

    Great gift!!
    I got the knife kit as a birthday gift for my husband because I thought it was something he would enjoy doing. He loves it!! The materials are top notch, the knife is beautiful, and he is very proud of it!! I am very happy with my purchase.

  58. Rebecca M.

    Awesome gift for the woodworker in your life
    My husband LOVED the process of making his knife!

    Kit came with very clear directions. Beautifully hand hammered blade. I have a feeling we will get good use out of this knife.

  59. Matt N.

    Knife kit
    Very nice, and fast shipping!

  60. Jacqueline M.

    Great gift
    My husband loved this kit!

  61. Kellie K.

    Awesome Gift
    Purchased for my son’s birthday and he absolutely loves it!! Can’t wait to order one for my daughter!!

  62. Mark N.

    Great gift
    Got this for my dad. He’s made a few knives from kits before. He said that this kit was by far the best steel and material he has worked with. Very pleased.

  63. Stephanie w.

    Great complete set
    Purchased this as a birthday present. When my boyfriend saw the box he said he didn’t want to wait until his birthday to open it. I searched for awhile to find a complete kit that was apt. friendly and didn’t take a lot of extra materials or a workshop to complete. He is really happy with the kit.

  64. Valerie M.

    Love it
    Have this to my husband as a Father’s Day gift and he was not only surprised but very excited. He thought the kit was an awesome gift and he can’t wait to finish making the knife!

  65. April L.

    Knife kit
    Hubby loved it! Was a Father’s day gift and he can’t wait to make it!

  66. Tia B.

    Awesome quality!
    Bought this as an anniversary gift for my fiancé. He loves the quality and robustness of the blade, he hasn’t had the opportunity to shape the handle yet but the whole kit was shipped in a beautiful wooden box with obvious care and love. Did a lot of research and am so glad I chose this one! 10/10

  67. Natashia B.

    My husband loves it
    Purchased this as a gift for my husband’s birthday. He absolutely loves it & cant wait to put it together.

  68. Michael T.

    Simply perfection
    Just received my amazing kit with all the fixings. I could not be any happier or more impressed with Indy Hammed knives. This kit is over the top with Quality. I’m a combat veteran USMC. And I can feel in my heart that this kit and beautiful knife is going to bring great joy for years to come. This is something one day I will pass down to my son to use and tell stories of our hunts and camp trips. And that’s something special. Thank you for what you do and god bless you, your forge and most importantly your family. Semper fi.

  69. Margaret H.

    I purchased the kit for my 48 year old son who has always had a interest in knives and is an experienced wood/metal worker. Hoping he will enjoy it. Kit appeared as advertised and arrived very quickly. Appreciate the prompt service in the unusual time.

  70. Jenna S.

    Perfect Gift
    This was bought as a gift for my husband and it’s been so much fun watching him assemble and design the handle. The materials are all high quality and we appreciate the craftsmanship that went into making the blade!

  71. William P.

    everything was great except the
    everything was great except the hardener for the epoxy . the lid on the bottle was cracked not allowing it to seal so it was dried out and i had to purchase epoxy myself. that being said i would buy this again fun project

  72. Susan H.

    Looks good
    I have bought this for a xmas present so can’t say anything about it appart from it looks quite good 😀

  73. Ronald A.

    The knife kits look top
    The knife kits look top shelf. They are Christmas presents for 2 of my grandsons and once I am back from winter vacation we will put them together and finish them. I am excited for the boys to learn a little about building a knife they can carry with them for many years.
    The process with Indy went smoother then I could hope for. Would recommend to anyone and will probably get one for myself. Just so you know I have 5 more grandsons coming from ages 4-8. Thanks again. Ron

  74. Bethany B.

    I wouldn’t know. I haven’t
    I wouldn’t know. I haven’t received it yet.

  75. Johnathan T.

    Christmas present
    They loved it! Very nice kit

  76. Cally E.

    Great Purchase!
    I bought the complete knife making kit for my husband for Christmas, and he loved it. He’s been really interested in knife making and this was a great first step. Shipping was great, my purchase shipped out immediately like the website said it would. The product we received was high quality, and we are very impressed.

  77. Sandra P.

    Knife kit is high quality and arrived quickly ! Exceeded my expectations
    The knife kit arrived quickly and is high quality. My husband was thrilled with his gift .

  78. Shannon Y.

    Awesome gift
    Awesome gift

  79. Kimberly S.

    My husband and son-in-law loved
    My husband and son-in-law loved their gifts.

  80. Lacy K.

    Knife making kit
    I purchased this as a last minute gift find for my husband, and he absolutely loves it. As soon as I purchased, I had gotten a notice that it was being shipped. I found his site on Etsy on a random search after my sister buying a kit from a big box company for her husband. The quality of this knife making kit compared to the one she had gotten for her husband doesn’t even compare. I’m so happy with it. The quality of the handmade blade is unbelievably beautiful. I’m looking forward to purchasing the knife making class for my husband and my dad this year! Definitely worth the purchase, especially with an added bonus of supporting a small business.

  81. Bryan B.

    Quality product!
    3rd time purchase definitely buying more! Great quality great service!

  82. Amber N.

    Perfect for 6th anniversary gift!!
    I searched high & low for an anniversary gift for my husband and came across this. My husband absolutely loved it!! He is so excited for it. My older teen boys were absolutely jealous. I know what we will be looking into for Christmas!

  83. Haley B.

    Great Purchase
    Beautiful box and all the supplies were just as advertised. My boyfriend loves it!

  84. David M.

    Awesome kit! I talked to
    Awesome kit! I talked to James because I wanted a non-polished blade. He was able to accommodate without a problem. Really easy to work with. I will be back for future purchases!

  85. Michael G.

    Great Gift
    My two sons will love and cherish these wonderful heirlooms.

  86. Kimberly M.

    Cannot recommend enough!!!
    First, this kit is amazing. Beautifully packaged and great quality. I am SO excited to give it to my brother for Christmas. Second, I loved that we were able to customize everything. The wood we chose for the handle is gorgeous. Third, it came SO fast!! We ordered it and a couple of days later it was delivered. Again..SO excited! Thank you!!

  87. Brian G.

    Very cool!
    Bought this kit for a gift to my father. The blade is very nice! Great rugged and handmade look I was wanting and I can’t wait to see how it turns out once he finishes it!

  88. michael e.

    Great service and products!
    Great service and products!

  89. Lori H.


  90. Jenna E.

    Great gift
    This was such a great gift for my husband. He was super excited to open it and is looking forward to creating his own knife!

  91. Rusti S.

    My father, an old timer
    My father, an old timer who is hard to impress these days loved this one of a kind gift! He is looking forward to putting in the time to make it his own!

  92. Grant H.

    Great Kit
    Excellent kit – I’m 90% finished with my knife and am very pleased with quality of the blade and blanks for the handle. The nice wooden box it came in is a nice touch.

  93. Peter W.

    Awesome project
    Looks really nice! I’m excited to put this knife together. Everything appears to be very high quality.

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