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Showing detail. Hand forged steel, hand carved wood & peened copper. Organic shapes, efficient blades and sharp edges. A reflection of where of the boreal.

We make a variety of handmade working knives and sheaths. Please visit our Working Knives page on our online catalogue. There are links for each knife to its corresponding Images Gallery. To contact us at, forgedtools@caribooblades.com

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Copper Boar, Hand Forged Survival Knife

Copper Boar, Hand Forged Survival Knife

We try to create one of a kind pieces for each customer. Peening copper and brass, following the organic shapes in antler and wood. With clay and crushed glass we create patinas that reflect the world in the wetland boreal forests of BC. The patinas on the blades protect the steel from rust. Both of us have been trained in printmaking and image making…students of art.

Visit the Boar Knife Gallery on our catalogue.

Working Knife...Working Art Kitchen Knives

Working Knife...Working Art Kitchen Knives

Cherry wood, copper, antler, melted copper and brass with a shoreline patina.

Handmade kitchen knife with a .05 mm thick high carbon steel blade with a cobalt content. The patina helps protect against rust.

2 Handmade Woodcarving Hook Knives

2 Handmade Woodcarving Hook Knives

It’s a great thing to be able to make tools for artists. The tradition of wood carving on the Pacific Northwest coast.

A dropped hook and a small full hook knife. The tangs are carved into the handles and secured with stainless steel bolts.

Crooked Knife Bevel Down

Crooked Knife Bevel Down

This style makes it very easy to maintain a sharp edge.

August Moon

August Moon

Our maker’s mark. A constellation when the knife was made.

Copper & Moose, Boar Survival Knife

Copper & Moose, Boar Survival Knife

Blending brass and copper is a meticulously focused process. Brass melts just before copper.

The heat produced from the forest fires here in the dry boreal forest full of slash and beetle kill can exceed temperatures of 800 C or 1400 F. We live in the bush through fire seasons. We’ve done what we can but it really all depends on which way the wind is blowing.

Pin Constellations Holding the Knife Scales

Pin Constellations Holding the Knife Scales

Our mark and pin patterns follow the star constellations. Big sky here. Can’t help but put some of it in the knife.

This survival knife has a 10 inch hand forged blade, brass and copper guard, moose antler scales held with 10 pins.

The Blade Patina

The Blade Patina

Creating patinas on the knife blades is reminiscent of printmaking. One can guide and manipulate. The patina helps protect the carbon steel from rust. It is difficult keeping the patina intact through the process.

Saw Teeth Bushcraft Knife

Saw Teeth Bushcraft Knife

Raw and sharp. If you’re careful and get used to the teeth it’s a good bushcraft knife feature.

The bush is raw and refined at the same time.

Caribou Copper Knife

Caribou Copper Knife

We like working with copper.

The Cariboo region of British Columbia. Gold and copper. The legacy of the gold rush is still here.

Saw Blade Teeth

Saw Blade Teeth

After dealing with one 350 kg moose carcass we’ve developed tough and strong cleavers, meat, boning and fillet knives. This knife has a 9” blade and a 5” peened teak handle with a 3/16” blade spine. We left the saw teeth. We haven’t taken a moose for a long time. Fires, over hunting, logging…

It’s time to think.

Timber Framing Chisel Set

Timber Framing Chisel Set

Finishing the welds with copper. Hand forged socket fit chisels with teak wood handles.

A Raven Sheath, Leather Tooling

A Raven Sheath, Leather Tooling

In the depth of the winter forest there is a raven. Tooling and carving images into knife sheaths adds a bit of richness to the working art.

Apple Wood Framing Chisel Handle

Apple Wood Framing Chisel Handle

Apple wood chisel handles. The hoop is a slice of a drive shaft socket. We heat the hoop and drive it on.

Saw Blade Tooth Knife Spine

Saw Blade Tooth Knife Spine

Forest fires fill the sky with smoke and act diffusing the sunlight. The quality of warm light.

The Boar neck knife sitting on its sheath showing the spine.

Handmade Chef Knife. Antler, Wood & Saw Steel

Handmade Chef Knife. Antler, Wood & Saw Steel

10” chef knife blade with a 5” moose antler handle lined with Douglas fir over saw blade teeth.

Bushcraft Knife Spine

Bushcraft Knife Spine

The bushcraft and survival knives spines are forged and tapered for balance. Everything is tapped in tight. A thick piece of leather is inserted as a bit of a shock absorber for the hammer butt. The scales are squeezed in between the guard and leather.

Handmade Knife Set

Handmade Knife Set

Custom art work tooled and dyed onto the sheaths. The Mountain Caribou survival knife and a Kirsten hunting knife have an image of the boreal forest at night tooled into their sheaths.

Brass & Copper Kitchen, Tomato Knife

Brass & Copper Kitchen, Tomato Knife

A thin blade for tomatoes. Less than 1/16 of an inch thick. Carbon steel with a cobalt content. Copper, brass and walnut wood.

Handmade Woodcarving Knives

Handmade Woodcarving Knives

Aki meticulously hand carves and insets the crooked knife/ hook knife tangs into the hardwood handles.

This set has yew wood handles. Gentle blade curves and sharp.

Recovered WildFire Knives

Recovered WildFire Knives

Recovered after the Fort McMurray fires in 2016.

Out of 6 tools and knives only the Kirsten knife survived. It was thrown clear of the fiercest fire that burned his house down. We had the D2, pitted steel blade to work with. We melted and peened copper and brass.

 Flared End Slick

Flared End Slick

A woodcarver and log home builder’s tool. Lots of edge and flared points are the feature.