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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Custom Handmade Woodcarving Hook Knives, Bent and Crooked Knives

We recover and recycle carbon steel. Used saw blades from lumber mills and leaf and coil springs from auto wrecks. We make the knives and tools with as much solar energy as we can.

Custom made Pacific Northwest style carving knives.

Custom Handmade Crooked Knife with a full parabolic hooked blade.

Custom Handmade Crooked Knife with a full parabolic hooked blade.

Handmade Wood Carving Knives
Custom Handmade Hook Knives,
Bent and Crooked Knives

Hand forged from high carbon steel recovered from lumber mill circular saw blade and bandsaw.    

Pacific Northwest carving tools. British Columbia, Canada.

Pacific Northwest carving tools. British Columbia, Canada.

Custom made crooked knife set and adze. 6 basic shapes of hook and a bowl adze. Hand carved cherry handles.

Edge tools that can handle a variety of carving projects big and small wood sculpture, bowls, ladles, spoons and masks.

 

Image Gallery of Hook and Crooked Knife Sets

A customer comment:

“You gentlemen made some bent knives for me about three years ago and I have been very happy with them especially how they hold their edge”. Thanks very much, Tony

 
Aki carving cherry and apple wood spoons. Spoon carving with a hook/ crooked knife and adze.

Aki carving cherry and apple wood spoons. Spoon carving with a hook/ crooked knife and adze.

Custom handmade crooked knives with an aggressive hollow full parabolic hook & a slow curved hook. Both have cherry wood handles.

Traditional wood carving knives used by carvers in the Pacific Northwest.  We make custom carving hook knives for mask carving, relief carving, hand crafted furniture, bowl carving, spoon carving and generally for large and small woodcarving sculpture projects. Crooked knives are handy tools for flute makers and luthiers,  cabinet makers,  artisans and hobbyists.  An indispensable knife. A bushcraft knife/tool. They're ideal for sculpting organic shapes.

Custom hooks. The crooked knife blades are hand forged from lumber mill high carbon saw blades.

Links to a couple of our tutorials,

Carving salad bowls and tongs with an adze and woodcarving hook knives.

Carving salad bowls and tongs with an adze and woodcarving hook knives.

We’re a small family business living and working on the edge of the Chilcotin Plateau in the bush. We live simply growing our food, off most of the grids and make tools and knives

How to sharpen a hook knife, a crooked knife, bent knife or crook

How to make a traditional hook knife, crooked knife, bent knife or crook. You can use this method to make a wood carving knife of any style. We wrote an article for Canadian Woodworking on How to build a hook knife a few years back.

 

All our crooked knives are custom to order. You choose the hook shapes, the handle size and wood type. We will build it. Custom made.

 

Two long handled wood carving hook knives, 4 inch hand forged double beveled crooked knife blades set into 10 inch long hand carved butternut wood handles.

 

Professional woodcarving set. A 2 inch edge adze, 5 inch edge draw knife and a double edge hook knife with the double bevel underneath

A custom wood carving set perfect for carving bowls and roughing out masks.

Custom wood carving knives. An excellent bowl carving knife. The double bevel edge is on the bottom side of the blade.

 

Custom bowl carving tools. Sculpting wood. A 1 1/2 inch hand forged adze and a 3 inch full parabolic double beveled hook knife. Apple wood handles.

Crooked knives, hook knives, crook knives and bent knives are all designed for wood carving bowls, spoons and organic shapes. Bent blades and curved shapes vary to whatever the task is at hand. Traditionally carvers made their own tools. That's how Aki and I started. We've specialized in making double bevelled knives with long handles. Pacfic Northwest style carving knives. Custom made with double bevelled hooked edges, ie. two straight edges, two curved edges,  both left and right handed.

Hand forged woodcarving knives. The hook blades were forged by hand from 3/16” lumber mill carbon saw blade. Hardened and tempered.

Crooked knife construction.

 

Bushcraft spoon carving knife. A dropped hook knife for spoon and bowl carving and a belt carry sheath.

Crooked Knife Price Chart. Basic Shapes.

A small size has a 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.

We make a variety of custom handmade woodcarving hook knives, crooked knives and bent knives. Edge geometry, hook shapes, handle wood, size and length of blades and handles can be requested. We’ll make the knives you need.