Cariboo Blades Tools & Knives
Handmade Custom Forged Knives & Tools, Working Art Since 1997
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Custom Hand Forged Timber Framing Chisels

Traditional tools. Unique Hand forged timber framing chisels. Heavy duty chisels, log home building chisels and tough bench chisels. We make tool belt chisel scabbards.

Traditional Custom Made Timber Framing Tools

Custom handmade timber framing chisels, 20 inches long and a 30 inch handmade framing slick.

Custom handmade timber framing chisels, 20 inches long and a 30 inch handmade framing slick.

  • Timber Framing Chisels

  • HD Full Tang Framing Chisels

  • Custom HD Bench Chisels,

  • Log Home Builder's Chisels,


Tool belt scabbards for any of the chisels.

Please view our Slick’s & Skews Page and our heavy duty Draw Knives Page.

Timber framing chisel steel

Timber framing chisel steel

We recover and re-purpose high carbon steels from 5 and 6’ lumber mill head saw blades. These are the cutting edge tough modern steels that were used to mill up the big British Columbian trees. Upon request we’ll hand forge 5160 high carbon spring steel we’ve recovered from truck wrecks. Spring steel chisels can be 1/2”

thick. Saw steel chisels are 5/16 and 1/4” thick. We recover and mill and turn our handles from apple, elm or maple wood. All our framing chisels come with razor sharp edges and handmade leather tip guards. All the tools are custom made to your order.

All our work is done using solar energy

with an efficient solar array we installed ourselves, tracking the sun. We are a small family business and have lived simply off the grid in Chilcotin boreal forest since 1997 growing and raising our own food and building quality handmade tools and knives. To read more about us, please visit our Process page.

Timber framing chisel set and a framing slick

Timber framing chisel set and a framing slick

Socket fit timber framing chisels.

Timber frame chisel and slick construction.

Timber frame chisel and slick construction.

Hand Forged Timber Framing Chisels. Set of 5 hand tools.

Hand Forged Timber Framing Chisels. Set of 5 hand tools.

After the blade and sockets are hand forged and welded the steel is “soaked” with heat in our forge and left to cool slowly equalizing the steel reducing any stress from forging or welding. We heat in a forge, quench in oil for hardening and temper in an oven for a strong edge. We go back into the tool blades with heat from a torch turning the sockets, welds and, like an axe temper, bleed a tough temper 2/3 down the blade towards the edge. That is differentially tempering, keeping the edge hard and strong while the rest of the blade is tough. After we're finished with the heat treatment you can cut through the toughest knot without a mark on the edge. We have over 30 years of experience creating excellent edges.

Each handle is turned and fit in perfectly to its chisel. We can set the chisel with epoxy if you want.


The chisels are custom to order. The length of blade, socket and handle width and length are your choice

Handmade Chisel slick. We can provide a slight offset or “dogleg” on your blade.

Handmade Chisel slick. We can provide a slight offset or “dogleg” on your blade.

We have over 20 years of experience with big saw blades and spring steels building knives and tools. We’ve been making timber framing chisels since 1999.

Lifetime Guarantee.

We guarantee your complete satisfaction with the materials and workmanship on all our tools and knives.

Here is what a few customers have said:

“Just thought I’d give you an update on how I’m getting on with my new tools. I can get a breath taking sharp edge on them and they hold their edge beautifully”. Scott (UK)

“Thank you very much for investing your time, knowledge and effort to create these exceptional and rare tools”. Flavio (Switzerland)

“It’s coming up for nearly a year that I’ve had my chisels and I thought I’d just let you know how I’m getting on with them.
They have been an absolute joy to work with. I still have a little smile every time I take one out of my tool trolley. I’ve never had anything made bespoke for me before and it is a pleasure to work with a tools that have been made specifically for me”. Scott UK

“The framing chisels are performing beautifully. They hold a great edge, and I'm very pleased with them. I seem to be sharpening and honing less frequently than the others in the shop, which speaks to the quality of your steel”.

- Loran
(Timberframing chisels) US

“The chisels are great! They function great, as skews as well as with a hammer. The off set farrel is great. Pretty big chisels! I think I need a bigger hammer...And sharp ! Like a razor, keep there edge too through some fir knots. You should have seen the looks when I pulled them out on the job site, some serious tool envy happened”.

Custom timber framing chisels with teak wood handles.

Custom timber framing chisels with teak wood handles.

- Jeremy
(offset timber framing chisels) Canada

Framing chisels, handmade custom to order.

Framing chisels, handmade custom to order.




“Very happy with the tools, thanks so much”.
-Graeme (18" HD Framing chisels, slick and 10"
drawknife) Canada




The hoops are slices of propeller shaft driven on hot for an absolute fit.



Handmade Socket Fit Framing Chisels Prices:

Individually Sold. (20" overall)
- 2 inch framing chisel price     - $725.
- 1 1/2 inch                                   - $625
- 1 inch                                           - $525
-Framing slick, 3" x 1/4" thick - $675
                             3/8" thick        - $750
Corner chisel -$975


Set of Five
- 1, 1 1/2 and  2 inch chisels.
- 20"overall.
- 3/8" x 3" framing slick.
- handmade tip guards.
- lifetime guarantee.
Price: $2325

Corner chisels are sold separately.


Bushcraft set. 1 1/2 inch framing chisel and a Mountain Caribou survival knife.

Bushcraft set. 1 1/2 inch framing chisel and a Mountain Caribou survival knife.

We make unique and special tools and take the time to make them by hand.

22 inch long custom made framing chisels, big handles.

22 inch long custom made framing chisels, big handles.

 



Full Tang Heavy Duty Chisels

Handmade custom set of 4 heavy duty framing chisels (18”), a framing slick and 2 hand forged draw knives.

Handmade custom set of 4 heavy duty framing chisels (18”), a framing slick and 2 hand forged draw knives.

Handmade custom set of 4 heavy duty framing chisels (18”), a framing slick and 2 hand forged draw knives in their sheaths.

Handmade custom set of 4 heavy duty framing chisels (18”), a framing slick and 2 hand forged draw knives in their sheaths.

A Set of Five
- 1, 1 1/2 and  2 inch chisels.
- 20"overall.
- 3/8" x 3" framing slick.
- handmade tip guards.
- lifetime guarantee.
Price: $3050.00

Handmade HD Full Tang Framing Chisels

Individually Sold. (18" overall)
- 2 inch framing chisel price     - $875.
- 1 1/2 inch                                   - $755
- 1 inch                                          - $625

Scabbards - $150 for a 2 inch x 18 inch chisel, $135 for 1 1/2 inch and $115 for the 1 inch x 18 chisel.

corner chisel sold separately, $1050.

 

Bench Chisels

Heavy Duty chisel you can strike with a hammer. Great for log home builders. The chisel blades are full tang with a 5/16th inch thick piece of spring steel welded onto the end of the tang as a striking surface.
We'll wrap a bit of leather on the handle for grip if you wish.
The hardwood scales are fit into the ferrule and pinned to the tang with threaded stainless steel pins. Each chisel can come with a scabbard for carry or a set in a roll. The handmade leather tip guards are included in the price.

Log home builder’s hand tools

Log home builder’s hand tools

Customers have told us:

“I received the beautiful chisel today and it exceeded my expectations beyond belief. This is a beautiful, solid, and bold work of art that will be in my family for many generations. Thanks so much for providing this wonderful chisel”.
E. J                 (2 1/2" heavy duty chisel and sccabard)                                   USA

“Thank you so much for these tools they are beautiful and my husband loves them.
Gratitude,
Kate                (3" timber framing slick and a heavy duty 1   1/2" chisel)  USA

Hand forged, welded and ground 14 inch heavy duty bench chisels. Purple heart scales.

Hand forged, welded and ground 14 inch heavy duty bench chisels. Purple heart scales.

The toughest bench chisel you can buy.

The toughest bench chisel you can buy.

 

Individually Sold.

  • 14" overall and includes a tool belt scabbard.

  • 2 1/2 inch, $800

  • 2 inch, $675.

  • 1 1/2 inch, $575

  • 1 inch, $475

18 inch heavy duty handmade chisel, walnut wood scales.

18 inch heavy duty handmade chisel, walnut wood scales.

Custom handmade bench chisel.

Custom handmade bench chisel.

The scabbards are handmade. Saddle stitched by hand with saddle rivets for reinforcement. They have 2 1/2 inch belt loops and leg ties for security.

 

Set of 4,

  • $2200

Lifetime Guarantee on workmanship and materials.