Handmade, Hand forged Knives, Woodcarving Knives & Tools

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 From the bush in BC,      Since 1997                                Aki Yamamoto, Scott & Kai Richardson

Crooked knives, hook knives, crook knives and bent knives are all designed for wood carving bowls, spoons and organic shape. Blade shapes vary to whatever the tasks is at hand. Traditionally carver's made their own tools. That's how we Aki and I started. We've specialized in making double bevelled knives with long handles. Pacfic Northwest style carving knives, versatile knives, custom made with double bevelled hooked edges, ie. two straight edges, two curved gouge edges,  both left and right handed. .
Traditional wood carving knives used by carvers in the Pacific Northwest.  Large and small hook knives for bowl and spoon carving, knives for masks, relief carving, hand crafted furniture,  totem poles and tools for dug out canoes. For spoon and bowl carving it is the best knife for the job, bar none. Crooked knives are handy tools for flute makers and luthiers,  cabinet makers,  artisans and hobbyists.  An indespensible knife for crafts people. A bushcraft tool in a bowl and spoon tool kit, or any wood worker tool box. They're ideal for sculpting organic shapes.
Some Links,

How to make a crooked knife, hook or bent knife.
How to Sharpen a crooked knife.

We have 2 articles published on how to make crooked knives/ hook knives. The Canadian Woodworking magazine in 2007.
The Canadian Woodworking  magazine article is online.
The second article in issue 67, Woodcarving Illustrated in 2014.
Annealed, shaped, hardened and then differentially tempered making the steel strong and tough at the same time. Strong edges that will hold and tough enough for 2 hand strength.
  1. paddle knife with a deer antler hande
  2. Custom antler handled hook knife
  3. 2 small crooked knives
  4. large crooked knife
  5. Small size hook knife blade fastening
  6. Custom to order crooked knife set of five
  7. crooked knife and adze
  8. 3 larger bent knives/ crooked knives
  9. 2 crooked knives showing the construction method we employ
  10. Crooked knife set
  11. carbon sawblade steel from mills
  12. crooked knife, antler handle
  13. Handmade, walnut handle crooked knife
  14. Crooked knife laying on it's sheath
  15. Crooked knife sheathed
  1. Big hook knife
  2. Big crooked knife with two hands on it's handle
  3. 6 inch blade, crooked knife shape, hand forged from mill saw blade
  4. big crooked knife blade fastening, 3 bolts
  5. Bowl adze and a large, long handled crooked knife
Photo Gallery.
Hand forged woodcarving knife. This one is 22" long overall with 6" double bevelled, 1" wide blade  hand forged from high carbon mill saw blade.
Photo gallery of some Crooked Knives
  1. full hook knife blade beveled on the bottom
  2. Crooked knife bottom bevel
  3. Set of bent knives with top bevels
  4. Hollow created while shaping top bevel crooked knife blade

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Photo Gallery.
Crooked knives with the bevel on the bottom.
The handles sit in the palm of 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. 
Please click on the photo gallery to see some examples of how to hold a crooked knife examples.
  1. Smaller size crooked knife
  2. Crooked knife held with 2 hands
  3. crooked knife held in hand
  4. stock removal with a crooked knife
  5. how to hold a crooked knives
  6. Holding a hook knife
  7. Spoon carving
  8. Cherry wood spoon being carved

A small size has 6 - 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.

Photo gallery; How to use a crooked knife.
Crooked knife sets and Woodcarving tool set gallery.
  1. 3 large crooked knives wood carving knife set.
  2. Handmade Woodcarving knife set of 6, six different hook shapes
  3. Delux woodcarving set, handmade
  4. Crooked knife blade fastening. Showing the inset on the knives backs
  5. Handmade adze and crooked knife carving set
  6. Custom made for the carving
  7. 1 1/2 " adze and 2 bent knives wood carving set
  8. Adze and 2 sizes of hook knives. A good spoon & bowl carving set.
  9. Larger carving knife set order
  10. Small set of 4 carving hook knives.
  11. Custom made bushcraft carving set
  12. Large crooked knife and bowl adze
  13. wood carving set with a draw knife, slick and 2 crooked knives

The hook knives below  are examples of some basic shapes and provide a guide to our pricing. You can request your own shapes and we'll make them.

Style     Small   Medium   Large

#1          $305     $385       $430

#2           $285     $360       $415

#3           $265     $335       $390
#4           $230      $285       $325

#5           $230      $285       $325

#6           $245      $295       $335
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

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.
  1. Farriers knife
  2. Antler handled hoof knife
  3. Handmade hoof knife blade
  4. hand forged horse shoeing knife profile

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Handmade Horse Shoeing Knife Gallery
LIFETIME GUARANTEE      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.
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