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Jantz Knife Kits

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:39 am

Some of you may have seen these either in the Jantz catalog or on their website. I always wanted to try one of their knife kits, and recently had a chance to do some trading with a guy that had a couple extra which I picked up for a few bucks equivalent. The smaller one is the SS771 Lynx kit and the larger one is the SS724 Bighorn. I just did the 4 inch overall closed SS771 and will discuss that one at this time. The kit is a very well made assortment of all the parts needed, except handle material. The blade is 3/32" thick, the brass liners are .040", and includes nickle silver bolsters, which are spot welded to the liners. The handle pin material is .072", frame pins are .079", and the pivot pin is .100", all of which are included. The pivot pin comes with a nice domed head on one end, so I used it that way and domed the other end when assembling. The kit is marked "Made in Japan" with a removable sticker. I decided to go with some handle material that I had gotten from Culpepper, called Autumn Gold Smooth bone.
SS771 kit showing all the parts.
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Finished.
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The parts all fit together nicely, the holes all align perfectly, even the locking bar fit into the blade recess without any fitting or adjustment. If I had only one thing to criticize about the kit, it would be that there is a little space between the liner and the spot welded bolster on one side, but it is not real noticeable.
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I think if someone was looking to build a customizable knife without going to all the trouble to build from scratch, a knife kit like this may be the way to go.
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Re: Jantz Knife Kits

Post by Byrd » Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:43 am

Nice write-up and good work. I've looked at those kits and wondered how they would fit up. You may have encouraged me to get one!
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Re: Jantz Knife Kits

Post by Doc B » Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:58 pm

Nice job! It's a good looking knife! Do you know what type of steel they used, for the blade? ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::
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Re: Jantz Knife Kits

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:38 pm

Doc B wrote:Nice job! It's a good looking knife! Do you know what type of steel they used, for the blade? ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::
The pamphlet that contains the instructions states that the blade is 440-C. I was looking on the Jantz website and I don't see the SS771 listed. They still do list the other one I have and will be showing when it is complete, the SS724. They also have other folder kits. It would be a good way for someone to get their feet wet in knife making and assembly to try the first time out. However, they are not cheap, as the SS724 current listing on the website is $69.95 for the kit. Fortunately I only have a fraction of that in these two kits.
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Re: Jantz Knife Kits

Post by Doc B » Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:57 pm

Oooh...that is pricey. You can pick up some pretty neat old ones, to redo...for that.
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Re: Jantz Knife Kits

Post by OLDE CUTLER » Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:18 pm

Doc B wrote:Oooh...that is pricey. You can pick up some pretty neat old ones, to redo...for that.
Right you are. I have an older catalog and they used to have kits that started in at $20. It appears that now they have dropped some of them and the cheapest one is about $35.
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Re: Jantz Knife Kits

Post by Meridian_Mike » Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:59 pm

Good job on that joker! Sure does look nice!
Thanks for the review!

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Re: Jantz Knife Kits

Post by wizrd » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:32 am

Nice write up on the folder kits. Gives me encouragement to try one - my technical skills are - measure with a micrometer, - mark with chalk - cut with an axe.

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