Cariboo Blades
High carbon steel, wood, antler, copper and brass are recovered and repurposed into quality handmade knives. Our knife shop and home have been powered by solar energy for 20 years.
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Aki Yamamoto, Scott and Kai Richardson

BUSHCRAFT KNIFE, Forest fires, Living in the bush, Living off the grid, small drop point knife, The boreal forest, Wildfire

We came here in 1997 to make art. 40 acres surrounded by “crown” land. A page to introduce ourselves.

Welcome,

Custom kitchen knives. Pieces of boreal forest. Wetland images from manipulated patinas.

Since 1997 we have recovered high carbon lumber mill saw blade steels and spring steel from auto wrecks and re-purpose with the temper and toughness of the boreal forest. Excellent knife and tool steels, all recovered from around our neighbourhood. Strong and tough tools. We recover, trade and re-purpose copper, brass, wood, moose and deer antler into handles. It takes time to re-purpose these materials. Our power for the shop is from the sun. We have lots of open sky.

Handmade custom timber framing chisels & slick. 20” overall. Apple wood handles.

Custom woodcarving tools & knives, custom hand forged survival knives and bushcraft knives, custom handmade kitchen and chef knives. Our work is done by hand not because we’re against machines and technology but because we have asked ourselves, “what is handmade”. The line we’ve drawn comes from living and surviving in the Chilcotin. We’re doing more by hand..taking the time …giving life the respect it deserves from our point of view. We try and supply enough options and choice to make each knife and tool unique to each customer. Suggestion are welcome. Handmade and Custom made seem to hold no meaning out there.

We live simply and work in the bush on the edge of the Chilcotin plateau growing our food, creating art, while leaving a light footprint.  With a small, efficient system we are powered by the sun’s energy.

Everything we make is custom to order. Please use our menu on top of the page to navigate through the site. .

The working forest in BC is 60 million hectares (149 million acres). We live in it. We own a speck surrounded by crown land, the working forest.

Crown Land

Crown Land

We considered the impact logging has had on our planet and the superb steel lumber mill saw blades are made from.

Custom Handmade Drop Point Hunting Knife with a Hand Carved Handle

Custom Handmade Drop Point Hunting Knife with a Hand Carved Handle

Our latest, Wolf and the Raven Bushcraft knife set. The Woodland Wolf has a planer blade, D2 steel, 3 inch long, full tang blade. Aki carved a wolf peering from the bush. The guard is brass and copper.

Custom Handmade Sheaths for the Wild

Custom Handmade Sheaths for the Wild

Hand stitched using the saddle stitch method. A small drill press is the only machine used making the sheaths. A thick welt is sandwiched between to protect the stitch from the knive’s razor edges.

Machines save time. We employ a few small machines. Every season a little more machine time is fazed out. Time is added making the tool. In our society time is money. .

Caribou Mountain Bushcraft Knife

Caribou Mountain Bushcraft Knife

Handmade and sculpted. We use clay and glass in our hardening process trying to create images with the essence of the boreal forest while creating a very tough knife.

https://www.caribooblades.com/working-knives

Handmade Custom Kitchen Knives.

Handmade Custom Kitchen Knives.

A 10 inch chef knife, handmade paring knife, vegetable fruit knife and a Custom handmade Japanese style slicing knife.

https://www.caribooblades.com/handmade-kitchen-knives

Adze and Hook Knives for Carving

Adze and Hook Knives for Carving

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Living in the bush we depend on each other.

Scott, Aki and Kai

The Boreal Forest

The Boreal Forest