The Western Skinner knife making kit is a high quality bolstered skinning knife blank design. It is 7-1/4 inches overall in length and has a very nice feel in the hand. It is designed with a 3 inch long blade that is 1-1/4 inch wide and .145 inches thick. This pattern also has multiple options for handle treatment, including (3) .165 inch diameter holes for optional pins in the middle of the handle. It offers additionally, (2) 7/32 inch handle holes and (1) 7/32 inch thong hole. This version is the combo kit. It comes with the Western Skinner blade, semi-radiused bolsters and matching pins, plus pre-machined Red Oak handle scales to simplify the completion process. Add a touch of proper finishing and create a fabulous skinning knife that you'll be proud to own and carry.
Our pre-machined handle scales are slightly thicker and larger in diameter than the handle tang that they are designed for. This allows for proper sanding, shaping and artistic embellishment. These are also undrilled to allow for precise placement control and to maximize fastening options. You can use standard pins, mosaic pins or a number of handle fasteners. The choice is up to you. If you do not have a scroll saw to use for creating the required handle shape, or you just want to begin from an easier starting point, the combo kit with pre-machined scales will help you insure that your kit completion will be smooth and successful.
The Western Skinner blade is made with AUS8 stainless steel (RC 56-58). It is hollow-ground and satin finished. It comes standard with 416 stainless steel semi-radiused bolsters with matching assembly pins. This is an excellent design for a dress or working skinner. It is also relatively easy to build and is a really fun project to complete.
For handle construction use (3) .156 inch pins/handle bolts, or use (2) 7/32 inch pins/handle bolts in the optional hole pattern configuration. Also see "Mosaic pins" for more options. The thong hole is pre-drilled and is 7/32 inch in diameter.
General Kit Specifications
Western Skinner Combo Kit
Skill Rating: Level II
Blade Steel: AUS8 stainless steel (RC 56-58)
(Heat Treated/Cryo-Treated for Optimum Blade Performance)
Blade Finish: High Polish
Blade Length: 3 inches
Overall Length: 7-1/4 inches
Blade Width: 1.25 inches
Thickness: .145 inches
Handle Material: Red Oak (pre-machined)