Cariboo Blades Tools & Knives
Handmade Custom Forged Knives & Tools, Working Art Since 1997

Kootenay, Drop Point Hunting Knife

A dropped point knife with a 4 1/2 inch D2 steel blade. Hand forged from planer blade recovered and re-purposed from lumber mills in British Columbia.

Custom Hand Forged Hunting Knife

Custom made fixed blade dropped point knife.

We hand forge the Kootenay knife blades from planer blades (D2 steel) recovered and repurposed. Hardened with clay and differentially tempered, blending tough and strong tempers from the blade tip to butt. The custom hunting knife below has a 4 1/2 inch long D2 steel blade with a slight hollow ground, 4mm (3/16") tapered spine and a 4 1/2" handle, walnut scales with a hollow ground tang for balance at the guard. The choices the customer made were, the blade steel, the type of wood for handle scales and handle size. Client’s choice of sheath design. A hooded deep sheath was chosen with a custom motif. All our knives and tools are custom to order.

Handmade dropped point knife with its custom hooded sheath

We used a piece of a processor saw bar to create the guard. Copper and cocobollo inserts with black walnut scales secured with 5 stainless threaded pins and a copper lanyard insert make up its handle.
The braided lanyard includes a handmade antler bead woven into it. Balanced and comfortable with an edge that lasts.The sheath is made from 8 oz leather, saddle stitched by hand, hand tooled and custom fit.

We manipulate the patina with clay and glass for art’s sake and leave it on the steel for a face and rust protection. D2 steel is almost stainless.

Handmade Custom drop point knife on display.

Handmade Custom drop point knife on display.

A trim blade stands beside this Kootenay. The steel that made this hand forged 4.5 inch knife blade. Saw steel is some of are our source of high carbon steel for hand forging knife blades.

Saw Blade Steel

Visit our online catalogue at the Kootenay Image Gallery page for more information, pictures and pricing.

We’d arrive during the “filers” lunch break. That was the designated time when the supervisors were occupied. They loaded our 3/4 ton up with 6’ and 4.5’ saw blade until the differential almost touched the rubber stoppers on the frame. They had been storing the blades in the back behind some machines. For some reason the blades hadn’t been thrown out. They were obsolete and hadn’t been used for at least 15 years. That was in 1997. We were asked to return for another load of 2’ trim saw blades, planer blades and bandsaw steel. One mill gave us 25 years worth of blood, sweat and tears.


Price $1300

The knife comes with its custom sheath and a short hand braided lanyard with an antler piece woven into it. ( locking lanyards would be an extra cost)

Please visit the Kootenay Knife Image Gallery.

Custom handmade knife secured in it’s custom sheath.

Knife security without snaps. Two lanyards. One growing from the back of the sheath and one on the knife. Locking lanyards for knife security. Refer to our custom sheath page.

Please visit our Knife and Tool Sets page. The Kootenay knife is an integral part of survival, bushcraft sets.

Handmade ulu skinning knife, Custommade small dropped point hunting knife, 3” D2 blade, 6” bushcraft Nessmuk/ mountain man knife with a 3/16” spine and a 4.5” drop point blade hunting knife, the Kootenay.

Custom Handmade bushcraft Knife Set.

Custom sheaths with absolute security.

Hand braided lanyard wraps around its custom reinforced sheath and loops over the Kootenay’s butt.

Handmade Custom, Hand Forged Hunting Knives.

Handmade Custom, Hand Forged Hunting Knives.

5 inch blade, 1 inch finger choil Mountain Cariboo Custom hunting knife with a 4 1/2 inch, hand forged d2 steel blade Kootenay hunting knife. Both are drop point fixed blade, both have walnut wood scales.

Hand forged drop point knife. Custom long locking lanyard. Visit our custom sheaths.

Contact us if you have any questions.