Handmade, Hand forged Knives, Woodcarving Knives & Tools
  1. Ghost saw blade
  2. Big circular head saw blade
  3. Cutting steel for large bushcraft and survival knives, woodcarving and timber hand tools

Cariboo Blades

Hand Forged, Custom Knives & Tools

British Columbia, Canada                        Since 1997

Aki Yamamoto, Scott  & Kai Richardson

Custom Made Hand forged Draw Knives

  1. Handmade bushcraft draw knife
  2. draw knife used bevel side down

Handmade draw knives from spring and sawblade steel.

  1. carver's draw knife
  2. draw knife shaping a log
  3. draw knife with a 1/2" thick leaf spring steel blade
  4. Tough and strong small draw knife
  5. Custom draw knife
  6. 3 larger draw knives
  7. up, down and sheathed draw knives.
  8. peeling and shaping logs.
  9. Carving tools
  10. 10 inch edge draw knife

Image Gallery of some of our draw knives.


We forge draw knives from high carbon lumber mill head sawblade and spring steel, 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick. The knives are full tang and cut from one piece of steel. The blades and tangs are hardened and differentially tempered, blending tempers for toughness and strength. Designed with subtle angles handforged into the blades and tangs for the strong edges of the tool to cut efficiently. The edges have wide forged bevels at 25 degrees. We hand carve fruitwood, walnut and yew wood scales for the handles. We'll wrap a bit of leather for grip and comfort on them if you want.  A traditional hand forged woodcarving hand tool with weight, strength and a razor edge. 
Time and effort is involved in recovering and processing these steels but it is well worth it.

  1. 6 foot saw blade, our steel for survival knives and woodworking tools
  2. 6 foot saw blade being cut up
  3. Our steel stock
  4. Wrecked car flipped over.
The angle of the handles, curve in the blade and the weight of the tool allow you to use the strength of your legs and your body weight with greater drawing power.

We make a smaller HD draw knife for bushcraft. Carving in camp furniture construction, log rails and a good addition to a bushcrafters kit.

In the pictures below the edge and slow curves in the blade and handles are hand forged into the tool.
.6 foot head saw blade,
We forge adze, slicks and chisels from spring steel, 5160 and head sawblade. Tough, high carbon steel for drawknives, adze, chisels and slicks.  Our chisels and slicks page.
  1. Managing Director
  2. saw blade steel for draw knives
  3. Finished draw knife

Our drawknives are fit with handmade 8 oz leather edge sheaths, saddle stitched by hand and reinforced with saddle rivets. Your tool is delivered razor sharp and, in the future, you may ship it back to us to be re-sharpened.  Along with the tool to be re-sharpened please include return shipping. You pay the shipping. The sharpening is free of charge.

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  1. Draw knife handle to blade
  2. draw knife with the Cariboo Blades knifemakers mark
From a 10 inch (25cm) edge to a 4 inch (10 cm) edge.  Curved blades or straight blades.
Based on a 1/4 inch spine with 5 inch handles;

- 4 inch edge, $300. For each additional inch of edge after 4, add $150 up to 10 inches, $1200.

*For every1/8 inch (3mm) of thickness after 1/4 inch add $25 per inch.

We'll make them bigger if you want. Every inch after 10 is $225.

We have a short tutorial about how to sharpen our draw knives. Simple step by step with pictures.
Sharpening a draw knife.

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.
Cariboo Blades Tools & Knives