Christmas 1999, Gene Jameson made two wooden pocket knives to give to his two young cousins. They, and their parents, loved them. No more were made until Christmas 2008, when Gene made one for his own son, JJ. He wanted to offer something more interactive than a finished wooden knife. Instead, he wanted to make a kit that he and JJ could assemble and finish together. The key was to have precisely cut and drilled parts that could be assmebled quickly to hold the attention of a 7 year old. That first generation kit was made of Maple and Holly scraps that were scattered around the shop. That knife was JJ's Original Knife Kit and he loved it! He wanted to give them to all his friends as gifts. Since then the design has been refined somewhat, and the result is one of the best learning, craft toys on the market.