Lumber Mill SawBlades That We Process
Cariboo Blades Tools and Knives
-Carbon - Allows for hardenability
-Nickel – Toughness
-Silicon - Durability
-Manganese - Increases                             hardenability, durability
-Chromium - Corrosion resistance,              wear resistance
-Molybdenum – Toughness, control            of hardness
We recover the strongest and toughest steels used in the lumber mill industry that cut and move timber. Because of where we live and being amongst central British Columbia's lumber mills we've been able to work full time since 1997 We've worked and tested, experimented and researched different steels used in the logging and mill industry.
The extra work involved recovering and processing
is worth it. 18 inch to 6 foot circular saw blades 3/32 "
to 5/16" thick, chipper blades up to 4' x 3/4" thick 
Excellent steel for woodworking and bush tools. 

High carbon steels with a combination of molybdenum,
chromium and nickel. The high amounts of vanadium, molybdenum and tungsten make the steel resistant to wear, which lends itself to strong edge holding. . 
Without carbon, the steel cannot be hardened. Nickel improves the toughness of the steel and helps reduce distortion in the quenching process but is mostly for toughness. Silicon is added for durability and makes the edge last longer and hold tension longer. Manganese increases tensile strength and durability. Chromium aids in fending off rust.  Chrome also improves wear resistance, resists softening in the temper process and increases hardenability of steel.  Molybdenum, commonly referred to as “Moly” is essential for the control of the hardness of the steel when tempering.

Cutting patterns from headsaw with a grinder using solar power.

           Aki Yamamoto and Scott Richardson
Lumber mill  steels we process;
-band saw blade-
-head saws, gang, trim sawblades
-planer and chip blade
-axles & files
-truck spring

Presently Aki and I deal mostly with L6, D2, 15n20  and 5160 (spring) steel. We also forge and build knives and tools with 1095 and 52100 steels. With over 20 years of experience making edge tools we are versed in the heat treatment of each and we guarantee
the edge and workmanship to your complete satisfaction.

When we moved onto the Chilcotin in 1997 we were introduced to this steel and haven't looked back. The impact that saw blades have had, and are having on our planet, the superb tool steel they are made from and the history in the blades turned us toward working exclusively with these steels. Take care and your tool will last many years. Of course if one leaves our tools in the rain and remembers where they are the next week, they will rust. Clean them up and they will be fine. Send them back to us and we'll refurbish them. We leave as much black, baked oil patina on the finished blades as possible as protection against weather and rust as well as for the tool's face. A working face.
L6 and similar steels also vary in their chromium and nickel content. Some rust more than others. Just wipe your blade. Some steels like D2 (planer blade) are almost stainless. D2 is a high carbon, high chromium, molybdenum, vanadium, air hardening alloy tool steel which offers good wear resistance, high surface hardness (Aprox 62 HRC). The superb edges these steels hold far outweigh any kind of rust issue.

Leaf spring, 5160, is tough and strong and holds an excellent edge through the toughest knots in wood, We hand forge our largest 1/2" thick x 22"  drawknives and heavy duty timberframing chisels from this steel.

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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.
Handmade working knives and woodworking tools. 
12" wide bandsaw blade and 16" diameter gang saw blade.
The "Kootenai" knife.
crooked knives made from bandsaw blade.
chisel blanks