The Western Skinner knife making kit is a high quality bolstered skinning knife design. This model is 7.25 inches overall in length and has a very nice feel in the hand. This model is designed with a 3 inch long blade that is 1.25 inch wide and .145 inches thick. The Western Skinner pattern also has multiple options for handle treatment, including (3) .156 inch diameter holes for the included stainless steel pinstock. This knife offers additionally, (2) .250 inch handle holes and (1) .250 inch thong hole for those builders who wish to explore additional handle treatments. This version is the combo kit. It comes with the Western Skinner blade, semi-radiused bolsters and matching bolster pins, stainless steel .156 pinstock, 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 pinstock (included), mosaic pins, or a number of mechanical 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.
0.156 inch stainless steel handle pinstock is included with this kit, or use (2) .250 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 .250 inch in diameter (thong hole tubing not included).
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: 7.25 inches
Blade Width: 1.25 inches
Thickness: .145 inches
Handle Tang Holes: (3) .156" handle fastening holes, (2) .250" handle fastening holes, (1) .250 inch thong hole
Handle Material Included: Yes (Red Oak Wood - pre-machined)
Handle Pinstock Included: Yes (.156 inch diameter - stainless steel)