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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.

Kootenay Drop Point Knife

The Kootenay knife is a dropped point knife with a 4 1/2 inch D2 steel blade. Hand forged from planer blade we recover from lumber mills.

Handmade Custom and Hand Forged Knives

Custom made fixed blade knife.

We forge the blades from recovered planer blades (D2 steel) and trim saw blades. Client’s choice of sheath design, handle scales, blade steel, handle size and an original custom motif tooled into the sheath. All our knives and tools are custom to order.

Handmade dropped point knife.

We manipulate the patina with clay and glass for art’s sake and leave it on the steel for rust protection.

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.

Father and son hand forging.

Father and son hand forging.

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.

Custom Handmade bushcraft Knife Set.

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 sheaths with absolute security.

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

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

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