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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.
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Mountain Caribou Survival Bushcraft Knife

Bushcraft skills combined with the Mountain Caribou knife will set you free.

BC lumber mill head saw blade. High carbon steel. It left behind saw dust, we leave behind metal grindings.

BC lumber mill head saw blade. High carbon steel. It left behind saw dust, we leave behind metal grindings.

Custom Handmade Hand Forged Survival Knives

- Drop point fixed blade knives

The Mountain Caribou knife is a piece of British Columbia’s boreal forest and history.

We provide options to customize and load the sheath for the wilderness. For the starting model Mountain Caribou knife we can custom the balance, edge geometry, the size of handle to fit your hand and the handle materials. A short lanyard. You can choose the spine thickness and length of your blade. On its handmade custom sheath you can choose to have initials and simple motifs tooled into the leather. The sheath can be natural or dyed.

The steel is cut and forged from 6 foot and 5 foot diameter head sawblades. The high carbon steel saw blades we collected 20 years ago from local lumber mills are hard to find now. The blades are heavy.

Custom hand forged survival knife. Spear point.

Hardening and then blending tempers is a differential temper. We differentialy temper keeping the edge hard and strong and the length tempered tough. The knife is strong and tough.

The Caribou shown here has a custom rustic finish, moose antler scales, a raven sheath with a loop sewn into the sheath design and a firesteel with a hand carved walnut handle. The blade is hand forged head saw steel, 7 inches, full tang with a 1/4 inch spine. Different faces to the knife depending on the design. The patinas are created with clay and glass during the heat treatments, images representing the boreal wetlands. The custom work that would cost extra would be the fire steel, loop and steel saw tooth butt.

Handmade custom bushcraft survival knife.

The custom made Mt. Caribou knife above had a re-purposed hand forged lumber mill head saw blade steel 7” drop point full tang blade with a 5/16 inch spine. The tang was tapered and hollow ground for balance over the finger guard. The steel butt was a head saw tooth welded to the tang ready for abuse. A piece of processor chain saw bar was fashioned into a finger guard and welded to the tang. The handle had cherry heart wood scales with apple wood and peened copper inserts, multi layed brass lined lanyard hole with a short hand braided lanyard. A thick piece of leather is fit behind the saw tooth hammer butt. The custom work done included the steel butt, cherry heart wood scales, spine thickness and the size of handle. The custom made sheath had a pouch and field touch up diamond stone, a fire steel with a carved apple wood handle set in a loop sewn into the sheath and a leg tie tab. A fox was tooled into the sheaths front. The custom work that incurred extra cost was the saw tooth steel butt, pouch and stone and the fire steel and loop.

The Caribou Mountain survival knife has a bit of copper and brass, hand forged from saw blade steel, antler and wood. Built here in the working forest of British Columbia. We make a tough boreal forest working bush knife.

Custom made sheaths

Bushcraft equipped. Fire steel with an hand carved handle in a loop sewn into the sheath, leg tie tab, field touch-up sharpening stone in a pouch and braided locking lanyards for knife security. A client can customize their bushcraft sheath. Visit our Custom Sheath page.

The tang is forged, tapered and hollow ground. The steel saw tooth butt (optional) and guard (1/4" processor chain saw bar) are forged, finished and welded to the tang at a slight angle. The scales are tapped onto the tang squeezing everything together between the guard and the butt. The scales are held into place with threaded stainless pins, peened. We peen in the copper inserts and tighten. The balance of the knife is at the guard

Walnut scales. A thick piece of leather between the steel hammer butt and the handle scales.


The survival knife starts at $1350.
 options:
- steel butt, $150,
- firesteel and loop, $125,
- custom pouch, $110,
( with a diamond stone $130)
- locking lanyards, $150.

The working forests trees of British Columbia are 32% of BC’s exports, 14.1 billion. 94% of the forests are owned by the province (the crown).

We usually flat grind 3/4 high on the blade down to a 2 mm thick edge and then grind a slight convex second bevel 1/4 - 1/2 inches high, the edge will take a lot.

Hand forged wilderness survival knife.

You can choose moose antler scales, cherry, walnut, yew or apple wood scales.

High carbon steel, copper, brass and stainless steel threaded pins.

Custom made bushcraft survival knife set. Custom sheaths.

Custom made bushcraft survival knife set. Custom sheaths.

Hammer forged tapered to the steel hammer butt. A saw tooth insert welded the tang. A bushcraft survival knife feature.

The steel butt can hammer in 4 inch nails, crack bones for marrow, Break shell fish and nuts.

 

We try and build the knife to be indestructible.