Jantz Supply’s Mini Folder Liner-Lock Kit
Is A Great Way To Learn About Knives.
antz Knifemaking Supply is a juggernaut resource for all things knife, offering everything from blade blanks and handle materials to tools and mounting hardware. They also manufacture a plethora of knife kits such as the Mini Folder liner-lock shown here. If you want to educate yourself on how a knife works—and save a little money in the process—Jantz is a great place to start.
V605M) comes with all the parts you’ll need to build the folder except the handle scales, which are purchased separately. I chose an Olive Green Micarta, which leans to the brown side, but is attractive nonetheless. The scales came in precut, predrilled slabs profiled to the handle. To contour them properly you’ll need to mount the bolsters to the left- and right-side frame rails in order to test fit your progress along the way. I started with a basic flat and round file and, once I had the contours of each scale accurately shaped, switched to coarse sandpaper. This was followed by progressively finer grits, which took the surfaces up to a nice semi-gloss finish. Once done, it was time to assemble the knife.
The instructions, which include an exploded view of the assembly, were easy to follow and the only special tools necessary were a small set of Torx screwdrivers. With a modicum of skill you can assemble the Mini in approximately 20 minutes. A pocket clip is included, but on this small “pocket rocket” loose pocket carry is my choice. The fit and finish of the knife is excellent and the liner-lock is strong and precise. The price on the Mini is $39.95 and the scales added $9.95. A small price to pay for an education these days!
Mini Folder KV605M
MAKER: Jantz Supply
309 West Main
Davis, OK 73030
Blade Material: 8A stainless steel, Blade Length: 2.4″, Overall Length: 5.75″, Weight: 2.4 ounces, Handle: Optional olive green linen Micarta (shown), Carry: Pocket or clip, Price: $39.95, handle scales extra
By Pat Covert