Handmade, Hand forged Knives, Woodcarving Knives & Tools

The Crooked Knife,
Bent and WoodCarving Hook Knife

Made by hand, custom, hand forged from recovered lumber mill carbon sawblade, and stock removal from bandsaw steel.      

Crooked Knives

We make custom woodcarving crooked knives from
recovered high carbon lumber mill bandsaw and circular saw
blades. Hardened and differentially tempered blades with
hardwood handles.

Traditional woodcarving tools used by carvers in the Pacific Northwest for sculpture in wood. For carving  spoons, bowls, masks, totem poles and dug out canoes they are indespensable. Crooked knives, also
called hook, crook and bent knives are ideal for sculpting organic shapes.
Bent, crook, crooked and hook knives are found all over the world used by flute making and string instrument making,  cabinet makers, artisans and hobbyists. An indespensible tool in a bushcraft kit and traditional boat builders tool box.

Double bevelled hook and crooked knives are a fine addition to your carving kit in combination with  adze, draw knives, slicks, skews and chisels. Traditional tools of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest for carving carving bowls, totems, canoes, spoons and ladles, reliefs and furniture.  Double bevelled edges, two straight edges, two curved gouge edges,  both left and right handed in one carving knife.

  1. paddle knife
  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
  10. Crooked knife set
  11. set of 9 crooked knives
  12. Handmade hook knives
  13. carbon sawblade steel from mills
  14. crooked knife, antler handle
  15. Handmade, walnut handle crooked knife
 Annealed, shaped, hardened and then differentially tempered.  The edge will hold carving fruitwoods like cherry, plum and apple - honing is all that's needed to maintain it.  Lumber mill bandsaw steel is strong and tough at the same time.
A photo gallery of our crooked knives.
  1. full hook knife blade beveled on the bottom
  2. Crooked/ Hook knife blade
  3. Crooked knife bottom bevel
  4. Set of bent knives with top bevels
  5. Hollow created while shaping top bevel crooked knife blade
We offer to build your hooks bevel side down.
Image Gallery
The handles are shaped to fit 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 picture to the right to see an example.
  1. Smaller size crooked knife
  2. Crooked knife held with 2 hands
  3. Crook/ crooked knife held in hand
  4. wood carving with a crooked knife
  5. Carving with crooked knives
  6. Holding a hook knife
  7. Spoon carving
  8. Cherry wood spoon being carved

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.

Image gallery of how to hold and carve with a crooked knife.
Crooked knife sets and Woodcarving tool set gallery.
  1. 3 large crooked knives
  2. Handmade Woodcarving knife set of 6
  3. Delux woodcarving set, handmade
  4. Crooked knife set backs
  5. Adze and crooked knife carving set
  6. Managing Director
  7. 1 1/2 " adze and 2 bent knives
  8. Adze and 2 sizes of hook knives
  9. Larger carving knife orders
  10. Small set of 4 hook knives.
  11. Custom made bushcraft carving set

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 farrier knife profile
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