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Folding Lockback Knife Hardware Kit

Features a 3'' clip point blade with a secure locking mechanism and a thumb post for easy opening.
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Just add your own custom handles for a unique, customized pocket knife that's a cut above the rest. This lockback knife features a 3'' long clip-point blade fashioned from 440 stainless steel with a satin finish. It boasts a comfortably contoured handle and a convenient thumb post for one-handed opening. Choose a wood species from our wide selection of knife scales to make the handle, or just repurpose some select offcuts from the scrap bin—the choice is yours. Makes an excellent personalized gift, and a nice introduction to knife making. Only minimal tooling is required.

(1) Lockback Folding Knife Kit
(1) Set of assembly instructions
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Brand Sarge
Manufacturer Part Number SK-404KIT
Weight 0.4000
Tech Spec
  • Material: 440 Stainless Steel
  • Rockwell Hardness: 52-55
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Blade Dimensions: 7/8''W x 3''L
  • Closed Length: 4-1/8''
  • Open Length: 7 1/8''
  • Lock Type: Lockback
Discountable Yes
4.0 / 5.0
66 Reviews
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Excellent kit.
Clear instructions, well-made parts, and straightforward packaging. The only issue I had at any point was with one of the thumbscrews not fully seating, but I was able to sand the end of the screw and put a drop of superglue in the receiver to secure it. Easy fix. The rest was a breeze, and the results looks great.
Osage orange and Purpleheart
Quilted big leaf maple
December 19, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
New to knife making. Lots of fun. Instructions were very good
August 2, 2019
7 months ago
My first try with a Rockler knife kit.
Loved the way it turned out!!
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June 13, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Fast and easy
This knife kit arrived fast and was exactly like described, No issues or complaints,
March 11, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Nice kit
I purchased the kit at a local store and two items were missing. Contacted Rockler Customer support and they were very helpful. I explained the situation and was told the missing part would be shipped to me. Received the parts today, fast response and am very satisfied with the quick response and the kit. I highly recommend Rockler the knife kit.
November 2, 2018
Woodworking Experience:
I'd definitely purchase again. Great products.
Turned out okay for my 1st time.
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March 25, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great gift!
First knife for me to put together. I read the tips and tricks in the comments section and those where very helpful. Easy to do for any beginner, just take your time!
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December 25, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Lots of fun and real easy
This a whole lot of fun and relatively easy. I cut down some Italian Cypress trees in my yard back in 2016 and kept a bunch for firewood and fun projects. After completely this project with that wood, I thought, these wood make excellent Christmas gifts and I promptly ordered 3 more kits. One will be for my 11 year old son to make with my help. It's really that easy.

I'd suggest ignoring those chrome bolsters and forgo all that masking and worrying about hitting them with that sand paper. Just gently press that pin and sand down with 120 on a belt sander. Those pins practically disappear!!
Italian Cypress
Italian Cypress
December 6, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
OBrien knife kit
The kit was complete and easy to use. It has nice balance. I used some wood from an old board for the scales. It looks and feels great.
September 20, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Knife Kit
The knife kit was fun to make and my brother loved it.
September 14, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I like the style of it
Gary A on Feb 12, 2020
Wanted to make my own wood inlaid handle
MICHELLE W on Jan 31, 2020
I like the style of it
Gary A on Feb 12, 2020
Going to make a whittling knife for my grandson
Jeff J on Feb 3, 2020
Wanted to make my own wood inlaid handle
MICHELLE W on Jan 31, 2020
I make my own knives, this will be my first lock blade. So I will only be using the hardware and not the knife blade.
matt c on Jan 26, 2020
Make knives
Dustin C on Dec 24, 2019
Gift for my son.
Dennis S on Dec 21, 2019
So my grandsons can spend some time with their dad as well as learning to use their hands to make something.
thomas h on Dec 14, 2019
So that I can attempt to make my own folding knives
Jessie on Dec 4, 2019
tinker with
ROBERT H on Nov 29, 2019
Great product easy and fun.
Paul S on Oct 21, 2019
I intend on finishing the knife to give as a gift.
Loren on Oct 20, 2019
Customer selected
John L on Oct 3, 2019
knife kit for son's scout campouts
Derek P on Oct 2, 2019
Birthday gift
Craig W on Sep 17, 2019
Gift for my son
Michael R on Sep 16, 2019
to make one for me and my dad
corey k on Jul 15, 2019
Evan & Katelyn skeleton knife
Kirsten P on Jul 12, 2019
Like the folder kit thanks
Phillip T on Jun 16, 2019
Quality is excellent and easy build.
William J on Jun 13, 2019
JB on May 18, 2019
to make handles out of recycled skateboards and sell through my business
tyler d on May 14, 2019
First knife kit to try and like Rockler sales and service
David B on Mar 25, 2019
I carry a pocket knife everyday and I wanted to try a kit so I could make one as I wanted it instead of an off the shelf knife.
Michael B on Mar 2, 2019
I have purchased these kit before and they have a very sharp blade and the kit is of excellent quality
ann s on Feb 23, 2019
I've made several of these and really like the kit.
Steve S on Feb 17, 2019
As a beginning knifemaker, folders especially can be difficult to get the hang of. I bought this to take apart, examine, and reverse engineer.
Aidan K on Feb 4, 2019
Looks like god starter for learning to make a knife.
Joel C on Jan 9, 2019
Sturdy steel, easy to put together. Good for a family project too. Will get some more to gift to friends.
Serban I on Jan 4, 2019
A project and scouting tool for my son to introduce him to woodworking
Michael V on Dec 21, 2018
easy and fun to assemble make great gifts
N J on Dec 17, 2018
My husband wants them for christmas
Theresa L on Dec 16, 2018
Husband wish list
Johnnie B on Dec 14, 2018
I have used this brand before and it seemed to be a quality product. The last one I made had screws, I thought I would try this one with pins this time.
N J on Dec 2, 2018
Christmas Gifts
Dean H on Dec 1, 2018
Christmas Gifts
ann s on Nov 28, 2018
made 1 and liked it need to make Christmas gifts
Cedric B on Nov 27, 2018
I needed four knife making kits to build as Christmas presents; I read the reviews and decided to take a chance on it.
Georgia Workshop on Nov 26, 2018
I sell knives
Robert N on Nov 24, 2018
For Christmas gift for my sons
Gary N on Nov 24, 2018
Daniel N on Nov 23, 2018
Making knifes for Christmas gifts
Thomas J on Nov 22, 2018
evan and katelyn video looked awesome to make
Michael L on Nov 16, 2018
Gift for my daughter
Jeff W on Nov 11, 2018
I made the liner-lock folder and want to try the lock-back folder. Great knives and great gifts!
Michael A on Oct 31, 2018
Christmas gifts, wanting to make these for awhile now
charles p on Oct 30, 2018
I wanted to try something a little different for a few Christmas gifts for friends.
Jeffrey R on Oct 28, 2018
On sale in the right season.
Curtis on Oct 25, 2018
I bought two of these so my Son and I can have a project to do together. This will be a X-Mas gift to him and I
VincePerhach P on Oct 9, 2018
Ronald Sims G on Oct 1, 2018
christmas gifts for son in laws
Dennis L on Sep 26, 2018
Going to make a whittling knife for my grandson
Jeff J on Feb 3, 2020
I make my own knives, this will be my first lock blade. So I will only be using the hardware and not the knife blade.
matt c on Jan 26, 2020
Should the scales be sanded prior to installing the pins? The scales seem too thick straight from Rockler
Dave F on Oct 31, 2015
I don't recommend sanding the scales all the way before installing the pins. I did and when the pin came through the other side it created tear out. If I did this again I would use a punch to drive the pins through the scales. I would also leave the each scale 1/8" oversized until the pins were installed. Hope this helps.

Joe M
El Paso, TX
How do the pins hold the sides together? The instructions say nothing about how to secure the pins. Do I hammer them to spread them or is it just friction? Will they hold and make a lasting knife?
Brian M on Dec 14, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The pins hold because they are "press fit" which means a tight fit. I wouldn't recommend using a hammer because you'll distort the pins.
1, tap the pins in a bit with a hammer, I used a wood mallet.
2. Then use your bench vise (wood faced, not metal) and slowly squeze the assembly together.
2. It will help the process if you apply wax to the whole length of the pins = lubrication.
4. I just used Johnson's Floor wzx which is a paste.

PS: Be sure to use the short pin for the blade pivot and the longer ones for the scales.
How do you secure the blade pivot pin in place? Do you have to tap the ends to mid form the ends?
James H on Dec 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Use a Ball Peen hammer to sedge the pin in place. It doesn't take much to create flares in the ends of the the pin.
I have the custom knife kit 702kit, pins are already inserted in 3 places. They seem tight. Do I take them out, or use epoxy to attach the scales?
Bob M on Dec 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I've made quite a few of these and omitted the pins (for simplicity) and used epoxy. Seems to work well without pins. You can of course use epoxy as well as the pins.
Will the blade snap out with upward thumb pressure on the thumb stud only? Thanks.
Bob D on Oct 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've made about 15 of this type and I'd say only about 10 % of these will open one handed . If you want true one hand open I'd recommend the other model made by Sarge in the same size.
How do you file down the blade pin without scratching the metal surface?
Kin G on Dec 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I gave a solution if the knife is already assembled but if you tackle the problem before assembly, it will be much easier. The length between the surfaces of the bolsters is a precise distance and not effected by the thickness of the scales so the pin can be cut to the exact length before assembly. Put the knife blade (3) between the two bolsters ( 1 & 2) and insert a pin (6). Make sure the pin is flush on one side and then mark the amount to be cut on the other side. Pull the pin, lightly hold it in vise grips and cut it (I used a drummel). Make sure to cut it just a little long. You can inch up on a perfect flush fit by filing the ends. Do not file the pin while inserted. Keep removing, filing and re-checking for fit until you get the perfect flushness. Then when you assemble the knife make sure to use the shortened pin in the bolster. Note : I would still tape the bolster while sanding the scales to avoid accidental contact. You don't want to scratch the bolster after taking all of that time to protect it.
Any pictures of "finished" pinecone scales?
Nic N on Dec 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Search Google images using Norway spruce knife handles
I have the kit. where do I find instructions?
Sharon L on Jul 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Instructions are linked in the Technical Downloads section of this on-line offer.
Is this 440C?
Jeff L on Jun 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is 440 like all stock buck knives. I would recommend sharing it a little after finishing and a good stropping after to get a shaving edge but it will cut through most things you come across on day to day.
Is this a USA-manufactured kit?
Larry B on Oct 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: These are made in China