Anyone can wield a blade, making your own knife however, is something special. If you’re not sure where to start your pseudo-blacksmithing ways, you can get your feet wet with the Orvis Knife-Making Kit.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to learn a new trade. Instead, all needed components are already prepared. All you have to do is assemble the parts as per the included instructions and you’ve got yourself a hunting knife partly constructed with your own sweat (and blood and tears, in case you prick yourself in the process, crybaby).
The Orvis Knife-Making Kit has all the parts needed to build yourself a classic Scandinavian puukko–style hunting knife that you can attach to your belt like a real man of the wild outdoors. Set includes a stainless blade, a birch handle block (which you’ll have to shape yourself), reindeer antler spacer, reindeer hide leather and a plastic sheath lining. The finished product will have a length of 8.5 inches, with the blade measuring 4 inches.
If you notice, it includes no tools to build the actual weapon, so you’ll have to dig into your handyman bag to complete the project. According to the website, you’ll need to bring out your own rasp, drill, hammer, measuring tape, pliers, files and glue.
Handcrafted in the Lapland region of northern Sweden, the Orvis Knife-Making Kit is available now for $69.