The knife idea sounds like a fun way to utilize free time, I've been thinking about buying some supplies to give the knife making a try myself, maybe a couple kits to start with.,
the only problem for me is I have no artistic abilities at all and my patience isnt as good as it used to be when attention to detail becomes necessary.
It's pretty easy and can be done with basic tools. Just start out with a kit and go from there. Don't try to hammer forge a Damascus blade and inlay the handle with silver for your first knife. If you ever get serious about trying your hand at it, let me know. I may be able to help out.
BB, this would have been perfect to distribute to winners of DHC contests. Low cost, Scharde quality and perfect for deer size chores. Maybe a call to Schrade and see if they would donate some knives for air time if BF would approve. I have one weird trait, I like to take a new knife on each hunt. I know, good thing I don't travel as much anymore. I don't know where/when I started this but an unused knife needs something to do I guess. Between my Dad's knives, mine and a couple of my Brother's I'm setting pretty well. Maybe add a couple of new ones here and there..... I'd like to start making handles and installing them on pre-made knives and see how I do. I've got some very nice wood in the garage just waiting to be used!
You won't be able to call Schrade.......they went out of business.