Considering the impact lumber mill saw blades have had on our planet and the superb steel the old saw blades were made from, it seems insane that they were thrown out or used to make cheap pots and car doors. We do have a limited supply..
We recovered big old sawmill sawblades that were used in the Cariboo/Chilcotin to cut up some of the biggest trees on earth. British Columbian mills have some of the largest, most high tech lumber mills in the world
Steels used in the forest lumber industry in B.C. These strong and tough steels are an excellent choice for tools and knives. We've lived in the bush since1997 here on the edge of Chilcotin Plateau. All the steel we build with has been tried and tested by us (and the mills).
We strive to live sustainably, growing our own food, making tools and knives, creating art, while leaving a light footprint.. With heart and soul.
We are full time artisans making custom handmade tools and knives. Our products are original designs made with care considering the quality, significance and durability of each of the recovered materials we use. Our shop is small and powered by the sun. With a few simple tools
we create working art with soul.
We approach every knife and tool we make as an individual piece of working art. Materials are hand picked and crafted for each piece. We choose not to use buffing machines or pneumatic hammers. Our shop is very simple. All our products are handmade to last generations.
Our handles are made from British Columbia moose, elk, and deer antler, or selected local hardwoods.
Aki and Scott invite you to shop online, securely, for high quality hand forged tools & knives. Everything Aki and Scott sell is meticulously handcrafted for design and function. They maintain the Cariboo Blades website from their home off the grid. Email or mail is the best way for you to contact them if you have any questions.
Our shop is powered by 416 watts of solar panel on a sun tracking system. We work with the sun and choose to use hand tools as much as we can instead of machines. We try to recover every material used in building our tools and knives. Most of all, we choose a respect for life. Sustainable living on this planet.
We make working art, one piece at a time.
CARIBOO BLADES, Richardson and Yamamoto
P.O. Box 4271, Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada V2G 2V3
This page was last updated: October 9, 2016
We guarantee your complete satisfaction with the materials and workmanship on all our tools and knives. All our knives can be sent to us to be sharpened. The sharpening is on us.
We are a small family business. Living and working in isolation, by the sun, off the grid in boreal forest on the edge of the Chilcotin plateau in central British Columbia.
Tough High Carbon Head SawBlade Steel.
It left behind saw dust. We leave behind metal grindings.
Bent & Hook or Crooked knives. How to make a crooked knife.
Hand forged timber framing tools
Handforged tough high carbon steel kitchen knives. Original custom handmade designs.
Spoons carved with crooked knife.
Our Homestead in British Columbia.
Bushcraft knives and tools.
Handmade carving tools,
handmade hunting knives and
handbuilt building tools.
Custom Buscraft/Survival knives
"this is the first knife i have ever purchased outside of relatively inexpensive store bought blades and the experience of working with/buying from you has been truly exceptional. in all ways, from thoroughness to thoughfullness, communication to quality, this has been as rewarding of a transaction as any i've ever had, and i am quite experienced in buying/selling in the real world and online." - Mike
Aki Yamamoto and Scott Richardson
Fireweed blog. A blog about living in the bush, bushcraft, solar and alternative power sources and the environment.
Cariboo Blades makes: Traditional Pacific Northwest style fine woodcarving adz and hook, crooked and bent knives, woodworking adze, hand tools for traditional log home building, timber framing, boat building and carving .
We make handmade kitchen knives, hunting/bushcraft and survival knives, tools and farrier knives.
We make Art.
These are value added sustainable products and are made from the finest materials.
Hand Forged Woodworking Tools &
Custom, Handmade Working Knives
"Prescription", relief in beetlekill pine by Aki Yamamoto.
Tools & Knives Since 1997
Recovered lumber mill high carbon steels, copper and
brass from local mines. Wood, moose and deer antler. Quality handle materials. All recovered.