Glenn Klecker's son, Nathan, came up with this idea for a pre-cut, easily assembled softwood knife kit. Naturally, we named it Nathan's Knife Kit in his honor. Not only is it an easy first woodworking project, but it is an excellent way to acquaint children, seven years of age and older, with the fundamentals of knife safety and responsibility. The kit is slightly oversized for easy assembly by young hands, and comes with complete instructions and knife safety education tips. Depending on the skill of the child, the knife can be assembled from the bag by press fit, or it can be sanded, glued, sealed, stained, painted and decorated as desired. We expect to receive many digital photographs, and we'll post them on our Facebook page. Many of us at CRKT were part of the great tradition of responsible knife ownership and education. It never occurred to us that our knives could be weapons, so we never used our knives to threaten or harm anyone, and we certainly would have been severely disciplined by our parents and had our knives taken away if we did. We learned that it was an honor to carry a knife, and that we were duty bound to use it responsibly. Sadly, in today's culture, knives have been demonized. Despite Americans' clear Constitutional right to bear arms, knives continue to be regulated and treated as evil by some. Of course, in the hands of the wrong people, knives can be used in destructive and evil ways. So can a baseball bat. But that is not inherent in what has been called man's earliest and most useful tool. We encourage all parents to continue this tradition of responsible knife ownership, and Nathan's Kit is an excellent first step. We especially recommend the American Knife & Tool Institute's free downloads on knife education and selection. For more information, we recommend that you visit www.AKTI.org and www.kniferights.org and join each of these excellent organizations.
Great project for kids. Teaches the components/functions/safety of a knife. Thanks
2012-11-17 Ionia, MI
This was a great project to work on with my 3 year old. Its a good way to teach him about knife safety and proper use. Easy to assemble and even to customize as you want
2012-09-15 newtown, PA
We bought two for relatives (6-9 yr olds). They loved putting them together and practicing their function. As their parents would not allow metal (knives) the boys found them exciting and instructive.
2012-04-23 Longmont, CO
We purchased 4 of these for our cub scout pack so they could learn safely and earn their whittling chip. For the past two years we have also used them for our scout show for the scouts to earn their "classroom" aspect of their whittling chip so that all they have left to do is their soap carvings at the den meetings. It is always a big hit. So after about 200 scouts messing with them over the last two years, we did not discriminate as we let tigers and boy scouts alike practice and play with them, two of the locking mechanisms broke and they do not lock back. This was from the boys trying to close them without unlocking them this year. So we adapted on how we taught the initial closing to avoid in the future. Our tigers put them together for an achievement one meeting. Great Product
2012-04-08 Sacramento, CA
Excellent Kit. Well made, easy to put together. Bought one for my son. A nice addition to my knife collection.
2012-03-14 Hudson, OH
I bought this knife for my grandson and I to put together. We had just opened the package when my son took over. I didn't mind - I enjoy seeing the two of them working together. Big hit
2012-02-16 marion, KS
Ordered and gave this knife to my 6 year old for his bday. We had a blast putting it together Blade actually locks back like it should. By far one of his favorite gifts. You won't be disappointed
2012-02-12 Antioch, CA
I bought this for my best friends 9 year old, he loved being able to paint and assemble it with his father like a craft project, and his Father is using it to teach him responsible knife use.
2012-01-31 Lilburn, GA
Great project knife for me and my grandsons
2012-01-07 Corning, CA
This was so much fun I got this for my son for Christmas he is eight and we put it together immediately he enjoyed it so much and still has it