Cariboo Blades Tools & Knives
Handmade Custom Forged Knives & Tools, Working Art Since 1997
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Custom Hand Forged Carving Adze

Handmade custom woodcarving adze for Sculpture, larger adze for boats and dug out canoes. Finishing adze. Wood carving adze to make art, bowls, big spoons and ladles. Adze for mask work. Big adze to carve big pieces.

Custom Made Carving Adze

Heavy & Light Duty Adze Long handles, two hands.
Crossgrain Adze.
Bowl Carving Adze.
Lipped, Cupped and Gutter Adze.

The Cariboo Blades adze are designed as efficient stock removal woodcarving and woodworking hand tools. Big or small adze for sculpting organic shapes. Traditional adze styled after the elbow adze, a Pacific Northwest styled design with similar angles found in traditional adzes around the world. Bowls, masks, totem poles, dug-out canoes, building furniture, fine art sculpture, hewing logs and timbers. We make adze for bushcraft tool kits. 
Different styles, different shapes for making art.

We put inner and outer beveled edges on the adze unless requested not to. You can customize the edge geometry depending on the carving tasks. Weight, blade width and shapes, length of handle, blade angle to handle are all your choice if you want.

Bowl carving adze and tools. Custom handmade bowl carving tool set.

Bowl carving adze and tools. Custom handmade bowl carving tool set.

The steel is cut and forged from 6 foot and 5 foot diameter head sawblades. The high carbon steel saw blades we collected 20 years ago from local lumber mills are hard to find now. Hardening and then blending tempers is a differential temper. We differentialy temper keeping the edge hard and strong and the length tempered tough. The blades are strong and tough.
We can forge spring steel adze blades. We recover 5160 spring steel from older auto wrecks. For larger, heavier adze heads, spring steel is an excellent high carbon steel. Adze blades cutting through tough knots and leaving finish behind.

This adze has a 1 1/2 inch edge spooned blade for cutting organic shapes, bowls, spoons, insides of masks, any shape that is dished or has an inside curve. The edge is beveled on the inside with a convex bevel on the outside. This keeps your adze from sticking in your work, makes it more efficient and cuts inside rounds easier and when it comes to honing that razor edge it is easier to do this on the outside. The hook knife has a full parabolic curve with double beveled straight edge. Please take a look at our crooked, hook and bent knives page.

This lighter adze blade is hand forged into a spoon like shape from high carbon lumber mill trim 20” circular saw blade, excellent high carbon steel. After forging, the blade is approximately 3/16 “ to 1/4” thick. It has an apple wood handle and measures 15 inches from the head, 17 overall.

 

 

Lighter Carving Adze Image gallery

The lighter adze blades are hand forged from 1/4” thick lumber mill carbon steel. The handles are 10 to 15 inches long sculpted from hardwoods like apple, cherry and oak. Handle angles, and blade geometry, shape and hardness can be your choice. For hook knife prices scroll to the bottom of our Hook/Crooked knife page.

Cariboo Blades adze and a our hook knives are a natural fit for carving organic shapes.

*When you order an adze from us you can specify the edge you want or you can ask for a recommendation. Whatever the case it will be custom made to you.

 

Heavier Carving Adze Image Gallery

The heavier adze blades are forged from 5 and 6 foot head saw blades, 5/16'‘ thick. The handles can be any length up to 17”. We usually carve them 15 to 17”.

Heavy Duty Adze Image Gallery

The bigger heavier duty adze are hand forged from 1/2 inch spring steel. Hardwood handles up to 2 feet.

Some links to the tools in the carving sets in the galleries above.

We’ll forge 3/16” D2 steel for finishing adze and 1/2” spring steel for large adze.

Adze for sale.

Light Carving Adze Prices:
3/16 inch thick blades. Adze for carving & bushcraft, 10 -15 inch long handles
- 1 inch, $515
- 1 1/2 inch, $585
- 2 inch, $675

Heavy Carving Adze Prices:
5/16 thick blades. Bowl adze, woodcarving adze. 10 - 17 inch long handles
- 1 inch, $545
- 1 1/2 inch, $635
- 2 inch, $725
- 2 1/2 inch, $815

Heavy duty adze Prices:
5/16 - 1/2 inch thick blades,two hands, 18 - 24 inch long handles, .
Woodcarving. Timber, totems, dug out canoes. .
- 2 1/2 inch, $775
- 3 inch, $900
- 3 1/2 inch, $1050
- 4 inch, $1150

Custom made woodcarving adze. Cariboo Blades adze materials and construction.

Custom made woodcarving adze. Cariboo Blades adze materials and construction.

Lumber mill high carbon saw blade steel stock for lighter adze blade steel.

Lumber mill high carbon saw blade steel stock for lighter adze blade steel.

Head saw blades 2 metre diameter. Caribou survival knife steel stock.

Head saw blades 2 metre diameter. Caribou survival knife steel stock.