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.
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.
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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