Traditional woodcarving tools used by carvers in the Pacific Northwest for sculpture in wood. For carving spoons, bowls, masks, totem poles and dug out canoes they are indispensable. Bent, crooked and hook knives are found all over the world used by flute and string instrument artisans, cabinet makers, hobbyists, bushcrafters and traditional boat builders. Crooked knives, also called hook knives and bent knives are ideal for sculpting organic shapes.
We sell hook blades separately (without the handle). We will make custom blades, narrow or wide, arrow or straight, any shape or size. The cost for each blade is roughly half the price of the knife with a handle.
Custom made by hand and handforged, wood carving knives
From the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Canada since 1997.
Aki Yamamoto and Scott Richardson
The handles are shaped to fit in your hand when pulling toward or pushing away from yourself. The thicker end of the handle can be used to hold with your other hand. You would secure your work to carve.
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.
The hook knife set below are our smaller size of knife. They are examples of some shapes and provide a guide to our pricing. You request your own shapes and we'll make them, with our guarantee.
We offer strong custom handmade knives from recovered high carbon lumber mill bandsaw and circular saw blades. Hardened and differentially tempered blades with hardwood handles.
We make another kind of crooked knife. Horse shoeing knives. A spoon and mask knife and as a general woodworking tool. There are lots of hoof knives. We make farriers' knives with a lifetime guarantee.
Shoeing Knives and as wood carving knives
# HK01: Lg. carving hoof knives have 8.75 cm (3 1/2") of edge, 25 cm (10") overall. Price: $325.00
#HK02: Medium size knives have 7 cm (2 3/4") of edge, 21.5 cm (8 1/2") overall. Price: $305.00
#HK03: Small size knives have 5.6 cm (2 1/4") of edge, 20 cm (8") overall.
Hand made and handforged from high carbon gangsaw blade steel, hardened then differentially tempered. We
guarantee the edge. The full tang
blades are offset, fit into
hardwood handles and fastened with threaded pins or rivets. Each
knife comes with its own sheath and
a lifetime guarantee. These
farrier/woodcarving knives come
in three sizes, straight or with slow
curves, all have a small hook on the
end and come right or left handed.
Annealed, shaped, hardened and then differentially tempered. The edge will hold carving fruitwoods like cherry, plum and apple - honing is all that's needed to maintain it. Lumber mill bandsaw steel is strong and tough at the same time.
A small size has a 6 1/2 inch handle and a 1 3/4 inch to 2 1/8 inch edge.
Medium has an 8 inch handle with 2 1/2 inch to 3 1/4 inch edges with 3/16" tangs.
Large knives have 10 inch handles, 3 1/3 to 4 1/4 inch edges with 3/16" tangs.
Style SM. Med. LG.
#1 $245 $275 $315
#2 $245 $275 $315
#3 $225 $255 $295
#4 $195 $225 $265
#5 $195 $225 $265
#6 $200 $230 $275
Double bevelled hook and crooked knives are a fine addition to your carving kit in combination with an adze, slicks, skews and chisels. Traditional tools of the indiginous peoples of the Pacific Northwest for carving carving bowls, totems, canoes, spoons and ladles, reliefs and furniture.
Double bevelled edges, two straight edges, two curved gouge edges, both left and right handed in one carving knife.
If you have a crooked knife in mind e-mail us. Single bevel, reversed bevels, bigger or smaller blades and handles can be made for you. We make hook knives with antler handles.
A small set of four hook knives for carving mask work. Styles 1, 4, 5 and 6.
Price, $795. ($40 savings)
Set of seven crooked knives. Four smaller sized, one medium, one large and a medium sized antler handled paddle knife. Styles: a large #1, medium 2 and 4, small sized #1, 3, 5, 6.
Carving spoons, masks, totems, bowls... organic shapes.
Price, $1600. ($205 savings)
Set 5 is 6 small crooked knives, $1275.
A set of six crooked knives, 3 large, 3 medium and a 1 1/2 inch adze all with cherry wood handles.
Price, $1765 to $2065 depending on the knives you order (savings of $200).
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Make the double bevel work for you. Push and pull with your wrist.
Handmade Wood Carving Crooked Knives
The Carving Hook , Bent and Crooked Knife
Three larger sized crooked knives. Styles 1, 3 and 4.
These have butternut handles. You can select your own handle wood from our stock.
Price: $840. ($35 savings).
We live off the grid, produce power for our shop from solar panels. We hand forge and remove stock making our knives and tools. Our shop has been solar powered since 1999. Our power set up.
Large and small Crooked knives with long handles.
"Swamped" relief in pine beetle kill.