Handmade, Hand forged Knives, Woodcarving Knives & Tools

Cariboo Blades

Hand Forged, Custom Knives & Tools

British Columbia, Canada                                  Since 1997

Aki Yamamoto, Scott  & Kai Richardson

  1. Handmade Bushcraft/survival knife

Custom Handmade 
Bushcraft Knives
Survival Knives and
Hunting Knives

For over 20 years we have hand forged recovered high carbon steel from the local lumber mills. We harden and differentially temper, blending tempers in our blades for strength and toughness. Wood, antler, copper and brass, all the quality handle materials are recovered. The sheaths are custom to each knife, hand made, hand stitched, using the saddlestitch method. One of a kind, pieces of the bush and a piece of our time.
We've lived off the grid, isolated, on the edge of the Chilcotin Plateau since 1997,  feed ourselves with the food we grow and power our knife shop and cabin with solar energy.  We use the tools we make. Tried, true and tested.
For more information please check out our Creating page.

They have cut a lot of trees in the Cariboo/Chilcotin.

  1. Ghost saw blade
  2. Big circular head saw blade
  3. Cutting steel for large bushcraft and survival knives, woodcarving and timber hand tools
Caribou
Handmade Survival Knives
.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. 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. The balance of the knife is at the guard.

.The Mountain Caribou knife has a hammer forged 7" blade, 8 mm spine with a 5" handle. It's long enough to use as a small drawknife to peel rails.
You can customize from a selection of bushcraft features we offer. Suggestions are welcome.
We provide options to fully load the sheath for the wilderness. The Caribou can be a camp knife, hunting or a bushcraft knife. We can adjust the balance, edge geometry and the weight.

The steel is cut and forged from 6 foot and 4 1/2 foot diameter head sawblades. The high carbon steel saw blades we collected 20 years ago from local lumber mills are hard to find now. 20 years ago we found some.

Mountain Caribou Knife Images Gallery
Hardening and a blended tempering process,a  differential temper, the length of the knife creates a strong and tough knife.
Starts at $1350.

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

   A Caribou Knife Review on Mediocre Mountaineering
  Bushcraft Knife Review posted on this site.
Kootenay Knife
.- Handmade Hunting Knife

Hand forged hardened and differentially tempered (blending tough and strong tempers from the blade tip to butt) from recovered lumber mill planer blade steel, D2.  The knife has a 4 1/2 inch long blade with a slightly hollow ground bevel,  4mm /  3/16" spine,  4 1/2" handle with a hollow ground tang for balance at the guard.

You can choose between hooded deep sheaths or open deep sheaths.
Longer and shorter lanyard systems for security.
                         

Price: $1250
Image gallery to the Kootenai
We used a piece of a processor saw bar to create the guard and filled the chain slot with copper. 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.

Handmade Ulus

Handmade ulus.
We recover mill bandsaw steel and thicker carbon sawblade steel for the heavier ulus. The blades are  hardened and differentially tempered for strength, toughness.

Please visit our,
Custom to order Handmade ulu page

The Boar Knife
A bush knife.  Hand forged from circular 6 foot x 5/16 inch high carbon headsaw steel. Hardened and differentially tempered, blending tempers keeping the knife's spine and tang tough and the edge strong. This custom Boar knife has a 5 1/2" handle, 1/4" thick spine with moose antler scales held with 1/4" threaded and peened brass pins. The tang is hollow ground and tapered keeping the balance at the brass guard. The guard is brazed and pinned.  Deer antler and peened copper spacers assure a tight fit for one solid knife. 

The original knife.
Image gallery
.The sheath is handmade, tooled and saddle stitched by hand. A leg tie is provided on sheath.
A strong, tough knife.

 Price,       6"    $1100
                    8"    $1350     
                  10"   $1700

Handmade Camp Knives
- heavy duty, hand forged camp knife

Handmade Camp Knife Gallery

The Moose Knife

-- Canadian survival knife

Handforged  from high carbon 72" headsaw steel.  The blade is 7" long, 5/16" thick at the spine, and tapers down to a razor edge.  A hollow ground full tang, for balance at the guard, set into antler crown scales for the handle . Six stainless steel threaded pins hold the scales. The bolster is handforged and welded to the tang.  It has copper and antler inserts.  This knife is tough and was built as a heavy duty working knife. Hardened and differentially tempered to keep an exceptional edge. The overall length is 11 and 3/4".

The Moose Knife Image Gallery

We carried the Moose knife for a few years, processed moose and deer, split a lot of wood. Whenever we go out our front door into the boreal forest we wear this knife.  Tried and tested.                              Price, $1100
Options   would include a firesteel with a hand carved walnut handle set in a loop sewn into the sheath ($140) and a diamond stone for touchups in the feild set in a pouch sewn into the sheath ($130).

Maple Tiger

Handmade Bushcraft knife/ Hunting Knife
.Hand forged spearpoint 4 3/4 inch long blade, 5 - 6 mm spine, differentially tempered blending tempers for a tough blade and a strong edge . The handle has an antler butt with a lanyard  hole lined with brass, tiger maple wood scales fastened with threaded brass or stainless steel  pins, copper spacers, the copper spacers are peened in. The brass guard is brazed and pinned in place. The tang is hollow ground for balance. We can put a hunting knife edge on or a bushcraft edge.

Price, $1250
Maple Tiger Bushcraft Knife Image gallery.

Wiseman  Bushcraft Knife.
 
Mountain Man/Nessmuk Knife

.Somebody referred to it as a Nessmuk on steroides. A
The Bushcraft / Mountain knife shape comes working with a customer who needed a bushcraft knife that would perform the chores he needed done. From directed hand forged hammer blows we creat a bevel from spine to edge. A belly is hammered and flared into the blade. Depending on your intended tasks the spine thickness can be 2.5 to 8 mm thick. The tang is hammered creating a thickness growing into the blade and into the butt.
After the forging is done the tang is then hollow ground for balance. The final step is differentially tempering the spine and tang. Combined with this fine steel this step creates a tough and strong knife and an edge that performs and keeps the edge you put on. The tang is hollow ground for balance. After hardening we temper the spine tough and the edge strong,  blend the tempers, "differentially" tempering the spine and tang.

.Where we start:
A handmade bushcraft knife, the Wiseman knife would include:
a 3/16" spine, 6" hand forged lumber mill head  saw steel blade, full and hollow ground tang for balance.  Fit with a choice of wood scales set with threaded pins, stainless or brass, peened. A brass lanyard insert and a moose antler butt pinned to the tang of the 5 inch long handle.

Braided lanyards and one handed locking lanyards for absolute security are optional. We'll build it to your specifications. Spine thickness, blade length and balanced.

Braided lanyards and one a hand locking lanyard
                

Bushcraft Knife Image gallery
.
Starts at $950.
options:
- steel butt, $150,
- firesteel and loop, $125,
- custom pouch, $110,
( with a diamond stone $130)
- locking lanyards, $150.

Please read the customer review,
Bushcraft Knife review

Hand Made Fillet Knives

Lumber Mill Band saw Blade Steel

Carbon  steel recovered from bandsaw blade steel. This steel has great tensile strength, flexibility, keeps an edge.  
 7 , 8 and 9 inches long blades, 1/16 inch thick and differentially tempered. We can use bandsaw blade steel that is very thin, 3/64", and has a cobalt content. It holds a great edge.  We can forge a spoon onto an extended tang.

Crown Fillet Knives

Fillet Knife Image gallery
.
 Brass guard and an antler crown handle. Peened copper. The tang is inserted 3" into the antler and then pinned with threaded stainless or brass pins.

The fillet knives  come with a deep handmade, tooled and handstitched sheath, saddle stitch, designed and made by Aki. Every knife is  special and unique.

   Starting at $1000, 
$150/ extra inch,
$100 for a forged spoon on the tang's end.                                                                                  
 Kirsten Knife
Dropped point hunting and fishing knife
A strong versatile knife with a 3.5mm thick spine. The blade is 3" full tang, D2 steel with a dropped point.  The handle is 3 1/2 inches long with moose antler scales. We hand forged the D2 high carbon steel (recovered planer blade). After forging and finishing we harden the steel in oil and differntially temper the blade, spine and tang for a tough tool.  A reliable knife for camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, cutting rope, twine and a fine carving knife.were talking to your customer
We offer braided lanyard systems for absolute security on all our knives. Smooth one handed operations.
A long braided lanyard or two short locking lanyards for absolute security.
The sheath has leather ties to secure your knife into its sheath.

The Rider's knife includes a locking lanyard system, a custom belt loop set at 30 degrees or the angle you prefer. We include an original custom motif on your sheath and initials if you want.

$875


Images of the Kirsten knife
.Price starts at $700.

They are all unique.

Options include:
- firesteel and loop, $125
- locking lanyards, $150

- custom belt loop, $35
- short braided lanyard, $35
.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