Thanks so much for my latest order, the mini bent tip knife and the small adze blade with copper. I haven't used them yet, but I did start making a handle to fit the blade of some quarter sawn white oak I had on hand. You are truly full service - excellent tools, free shipping and great instructions with plans to help the do-it-yourselfer! I'll be ordering more as I can. Would that every toolmaker was on par with your skills and class!”
I received my knives a few days ago. They are spectacular! I've always wanted to try carving but was never sure where I wanted to start. Recently, I became very interested in bent knives. Before I found you, I had ordered a couple of hooked knives (of sorts) from another vendor, which have now been returned. I can't believe how sharp and versatile your knives are, not to mention beautiful! I have small hands, one with an arthritic thumb, but these minis are very easy for me to use. I'm finally going to learn to carve with these. Thanks a lot for your wonderful work. I'm sure I'll be purchasing again soon.
I am finding that simply carving is showing me what the knives can do. Using different parts of the blade, and/or skewing the movement produces all kinds of different results! I've got a ton of cherry from a backyard tree that someone gave me for firewood. I've split off a few blocks from enormous sections of trunk and have been working on those. With every stroke, another interesting bit of grain pops out.”
Duanesburg, New York
I've been using the North Bay Forge bent knife I bought from you recently. This is a great knife/tool. The more I use it, the better I like it. I found out about North Bay Forge after reading a Tactical Knives article about carving simple utensils, such as spoons, with simple hand tools, such as your everyday carry knife. In order to "dig" or "hollow" spoons out, the author indicated you needed a bent knife. The author suggested the bent knives you make and I decided to order one. I have been carving spoons etc. ever since. I built a ffire in the back yard this evening and was working on a spoon. Had the pet Malamute, Chika, for company. This tyipe of carving has to add years to your life. THANKS!”
I received my second order today. And I certainly am pleased to receive more of your knives. The scorp is quite nice, my first one ever. And the two other knives are of course superb! I am working on a spoon made of purpleheart & yellowheart both of which are some hard tropical hardwoods. Your knives have no trouble cutting through these woods. They are a joy to use. Next month is our 40th annual Santa Clara County Woodcarver,s Show. I am looking forward to telling everyone I meet there about your knives. And yes I did make my adze handle out of a flat piece of wood Eastern Cherry. A piece I found in a dumpster at a local cabinet shop! It's a shame what people throw away. Thanks again for the super knives. ”
San Jose, California
|“I cannot tell you how pleased I am to find your site. I have most of your
carving tools save for the two smallest scorps which I wish to order now.
These I couldn't get any longer from Japan Woodworker. I did get their last
Your tools are beyond anything I ever expected to find. Careful as I may be, they will still give me a "love bite" periodically if I am not careful. But what a pleasure these tools are to use. They are practically effortless to use. They glide through wood like no other tools I know. When I could no longer get your small scorps, I ordered some Beebe scorps. They are good, but not in the same class with what you make.
I never knew how to thank you for making these tools, because I did not know how to get in touch with you. I use all 15 of my North Bay Forge tools on various projects, but I particularly love to carve spoons. Long after you and I are both gone these tools will still be the gold standard by which others can only be measured as lesser items.”
|“I happened across your site almost accidentally and am glad I did as I love all your knives (the 4 that I own anyway).
You probably don't remember me but you may remember making me a custom hooked knife. You took a standard straight knife
and then ground it concave into a hook or talon shape. I find the hook shape indispensable and essential. That knife is one
of my very favorites and I doubt that I have done a carving without using it... and I have done a bunch of carvings since then.|
I have always thought that if the world ended and I could only take a handful of tools with me, it would include two of your knives.”
|“As the proud owner of four of your tools I would like to thank you for
putting them out there. I just discovered your great web site and
love it. I purchased your tools from WoodCraft in Seattle and have
always wondered about the nature of North Bay Forge and wished that I
could pass on my thanks in person. God, as a sculptor and carver I
love sharp edges and appreciate what it takes to get the nature of the
metal to that point.”|
|“Thanks, Jim, for the prompt response. Glad to hear everything is in stock. Hope I didn't bug you too much with all
the questions before finally placing the order. I've got to tell you that while I was searching around for the right tools to start
up my new shop, I was mightily impressed by your tools and your website in general. Once I sent off a couple of questions to you
and received such quick and thorough responses, I knew I had finally found what I was looking for! I'm really excited about putting
them to use once they arrive...
Nevada City, California
|“Just got my adze the other day & finally had a chance to try it out. I used a chunk of really dry, quarter-sawn
white oak & it worked wonderfully! I am pleased with how easy it is to control along with the ability to take both big chunks & thin
shavings. It is exactly what I wanted for making Windsor chairs. Thanks again for your great work.
Tes outils sont une merveilleuse dcouverte, merci au talentueux forgeron ! La rsistance du tranchant par rapport la finesse de la lame est exceptionnelle. L'herminette avec son biseau extrieur (non conventionnel pour un europen) est d'une redoutable efficacit, le bois des Alpes ne peut plus s'en passer!
Voici une nouvelle commande. Je paie 157$ par la poste. OK?
Your tools are marvellous discovered, thank you with the talented blacksmith! The resistance of the edge compared to the smoothness of the blade is exceptional. The adze with its external bevel (nonconventional for an European) is of a frightening effectiveness, the wood of the Alps cannot occur some more!
Here a new order. I pay 157$ by the post office. OK?
I just got my bent knife in the mail - faster than expected - and I was floored at how beautifully made it is. I've spent a little time at the forge myself and I know how hard it is to make something this perfect. You made it look effortless. I look forward to using it. I have a feeling that this is going to be one of those special tools, like the favorite ones that I keep coming back to, the ones that fall home in my hand.
Blessed be the toolmakers.”
Philip S Plumbo
A couple of months ago, I purchased a chef's knife from you. My husband put it back for my birthday and today is the day! I had only seen the knife pictured on your website. It was beautiful there, but SO much more beautiful in person. I love the hand-forged marks and blueing on the blade, the smooth handle and the knowledge that a true craftsman made this knife. So far I have made one cut with it - a slice of my homemade sourdough bread. A good start, I think. I cant wait to try it on meat etc. and running a cautious finger along the razor sharp edge is irresistable.
One of your paring knives is next on my list of must-haves. Thank you very much.”
During the last year your knives turned out to be my favorites. For detailed carving the 4 bent knives and the SN 2 are the ones I normally choose. Especially because they are easily sharpend and work precisely with a clear cut. But I do miss a smaller straight knife. At the moment I am working with a self-made knife I bought from a professional carver. But it doesn't get sharp anymore. I did try everything. And I get crazy on that....! I would like to order your small straight knife SND and to get the shipping with it the mBN-1 and mBN- 3 as well.”
Attached are photos of the wood that I have been carving with your tools and photos of the kids in the gym where I teach. The lessons that are the foundation of good teaching are inherent in your tools. Create a good tool so that the task can be met in the most efficient way. For twelve years I have used your micro drawknives straight, curved and v shaped on every carving project. Each time I reach for one of your tools I have the pleasure of remembering all those years of good experience.
As a coach I am working to accomplish the same goals for my students. Their bodies and minds bring them pleasure each time they put them to a task and each success becomes another good feeling. For twenty-four years we have maintained sliding scale tuition so that kids of all different backgrounds can learn to give their full attention to the task they have committed themselves to.
With your tools I make the same pleasurable commitment. I spend many long hours carving knowing that this consistent good experience will be evident in the tree carving, in my character and in my relationships with my students. I hope that the photos of the trees, the children and this writing convey to you my appreciation for your good work.”
Rudy Van Daele
New York, New York
My carvings are utensils (forks, spoons) and one or two foot long sculptures. I have a small selection of tools for use without a mallet: jackknives, hand gouges and chisels, chip carving tools, your large bent knives (tip and deep: I need to get a "general"), and your small bent knives (tip and shallow). The small tip bent knife has, for the work I do, made every other tool into a special-purpose item, because I have that one in my hand 99% of the time. I may put it down to pick up a V-gouge or a veiner, but a few cuts later it's back in my hands. It's not only the shape of the blade that proves so useful, but the fact that the blade is short; I'm left-handed, yet my right thumb is used as a pusher or pivot on essentially every cut, and the blade gets that right thumb tip close to the cut, yet safely against the wooden handle. As it has two edges with the same sweep, I can remove material where the plane of the cut is tangent to the grain by releasing first one side of the chip and then the other. There are more good features of the Mini Tip Bent Knife, too, but explaining them would require a small essay.
Thanks for the fine tools, ”
Hyde Park, New York
I've been using my new double forge straight knife extensively the last 2 nights on a small carving in apple wood. I want to say again how wonderful the knife is. The edge seems unbeatable and I can hold the blade as if I'm holding a pencil for really detailed work--man, I love it.”
I just received the general bent knife and the straight knife and at the first bit of free time I tried them out on a couple of spoons I was making. Wow! I am impressed with them! I am a builder by trade so I use tools for a living. What a joy to shape wood with such elegantly crafted, perfectly sharp gems! I hesitated on buying them for a few years partly because I try to be sensible about tool purchases-so easy to go overboard! But I finally came up with a reasonable excuse to buy them-so glad I did!! I am a little worried about the sharpening, but your enclosed advice "be patient with yourself" really struck a cord with me. Thanks for including it. I will learn how to maintain a keen edge.
Thanks so much,”
William S Washbourne
I took a class with Rip Mann in June - LOVED IT! I did purchase your adz, and love it dearly.I bought the lighter one but now want a heavier one. I am working on my third bowl since the June 24 class and all of my friends and family want one - it is great fun to be so creative!
I do love your product, it's amazing!!!
Thanks so much,”
Greensboro, North Carolina
I have 2 of your knives..the double edged ones and find I'm using them more than any other knife that I have. I've looked at your pages on sharpening etc and was pleased to noted I seem to have followed your ideas. I'll be ordering one or two more knives - when my wife gets over my recent purchase but meantime I'd like to sign up for newsletters.
I'm building a square-hewn log cabin up in Michigan' U.P. right now. It's a style that goes way way back up here where the logs are scribed and mated together along their entire length with no chinking. The general bent knife I've got has proven to be an excellent fine-detail follow up to the axe for cutting the lateral groove where the logs mate together. After running a several thousand feet of wood through the blade, I've decided it's an incredible tool. Thank you!”
Copper Harbor, Michigan
I was very happy to come across your webpage because for years I've been wanting to tell you how much I appreciate the quality of your knives. I purchased several of your knives from Hardwicks in Seattle, my favorite tool store, some years ago. I've been woodcarving professionally for 25 years primarily carving the decorative carvings for pipe organs and made thousands of stop cuts with your knives. Not once has the tip ever broken or the blade come loose from the handle. I actually don't have to sharpen that often. The blades stay extremely sharp. I've never experienced such quality in a knife.”
I recently got my order from you and last night used the large draw knife to remove the sap wood off a 9' yellow cedar log. That draw knife is the BEST hand tool for wood that I have ever used!!! Thanks!”
Well my first project with your knives isn't finished yet but i thought i'd make these photographs for you now. The wood is spalted maple burl. Some parts are even a little more than spalted, which, combined with the burl grain makes carving difficult and delicate. I doubt I could have done it without your knives.
New York, NY
I just spent an absolutely wonderful hour using the latest North Bay Forge tool to join my collection- your mini draw knife. This tool- like the other North Bay carving tools I own - is truly a joy to use. It fits perfectly in my hand, it is sharper than I can believe, and seems to be able to read my mind and cut just exactly what I'm trying to cut- no more, and no less. Since this is the first time I've ever used a draw knife, I certainly can't attribute this amazing tendency to my own skill; the tool gets all the credit.
Many, many, many thanks for building such fantastic hand tools. In this age of cheap, imported trash, it is particularly gratifying to be able to show off a project and say "yep, I made it myself- using the finest hand-made tools on the planet".
Please keep up the good work- you are indeed a credit to your craft, and your tools are making it possible for countless people to produce their very best carvings.
With Thanks and Deep Admiration,”
I bought a few of your knives maybe 15 years ago and I love them; they're still so beautiful! I'm suggesting to printmaking classmates that we buy one or two as an end-of-semester present for our teacher, as tools for making woodcut prints, and I looked through your website, trying to find the "Mini V Scorp" which is so nice for that. I didn't see it, though. Do you still make them? Were there other mini scorps too?
I'm so glad to see that you're still making tools and the business seems to be doing well. All the best,”
Just to let you know I will be teaching a Seminar at Lee Valley Tools in Feb. and have just put in an order for 6 or you gen. bent knives; they are still the best around and I look forward to sharing them with others; I have found a couple of good straight knives in their catalogue that will do for beginners and if they want more heavy duty ones later, they will see yours that i still have and can order them from you direct. Hope you are having a pleasant holiday time and that the coming year is a good one for you.”
British Columbia, CANADA
It was lovely to spend some time with you and your pups, see your space and what you've been working on. All very exciting. I have used my new knife to prepare dinner for the past couple of nights and it is amazing to work with! You were right about the weight, that combined with the sharpness cut my prep time more than in half! Plus, it's nice to cut through beets as if they were butter. Thanks for the care tips, too. I've been oiling it after I wash it, kind of like a cast iron pan minus the heat dry. I absolutely love it!”
Brooklyn, New York
Hi hope you are well these days. I bought a straight (curved edge) knife, a chip knife, a double edge dcurved knife, and a bowl adze from you about four years back and let me tell you they are wonderful working tools. By far the best carving knives I've ever used. I noticed that on your website you used to make large single edged curved knives but have discontinued making them. Was wondering if you had any plans to make any ever again? Thank you for your time and your knives.
Paul M. Avery
|“Thank you Jim for providing such fantastic tools!|
I am the very happy owner of 4 North Bay Forge carving knives and a round scorp. When a recent project involved the hollowing of the ends of some large logs, I knew that your new large scorp blade was the perfect solution. I called you on Tuesday and begun carving the handle, the blade arrived Friday morning and I bolted it on and went to work.
Again, the service that you have provided and the pleasure that I've gotten from using your tools is unsurpassed.
Sculptor, woodworker, and instructor
I would like to order one large 2 inch scorp from you. I see you do not have any in stock so could you please let me know when they do come on line. I have been trying out one bought some months ago by my brother-in-law and it is very effective in removing wood. He entrusted me with the tool and I fitted it to an old pick handle to hollow out a recently fallen acacia log. As you would know this is a medium to high density Australian hardwood. This particular tree had developed both a lean over the years as well as a growing pipe in its centre caused by grubs and fungal infection. The scorp handles the green wood very effectively and cleanly. It's also quite hard work with a long handle sometimes leading to grazed knuckles and a stiff back. I have also used your bowl adze on some of this timber. I'm no artisan but this tool is a real joy to use. You clearly know your steel as the edges on both tools remain clean and strong and require only a brief honing at the end of the day.
All the best,”
|“Hello Mr. Wester,|
In November I bought one of your carving knives for my boyfriend and he absolutely loves it and is interested in broadening his carving inventory. I saw on your site that you have been working on creating a line of gouges and was wondering when you think these will be available for sale and if you could tell me when they do because I am extremely interested in purchasing one. Also, congratulations on developing such unique and well made tools, its inspiring to see that kind of work when it seems that so many products on the market are imported from China.
Thanks for the great quality knives...I'm amazed how sharp they are. I am very impressed. They arrived very quickly! I hope to buy an adze as soon as I can.
Wadestown, NEW ZEALAND
Received the knife today. "Oh so that's what a knife is supposed to feel like and cut like" basically sums up my reaction. Love your stuff. Hope to buy more soon.
I received my order of the bent knife and adze head last week and all I can say is WOW!!! You make astonishingly good tools. Just amazing. I just placed an order for more. You've got a customer for a long time. Please sign me up for your newsletter too.
San Francisco, California
I received my Bent Knife and Scorp. They are absolutely awesome! They out do all of my Swiss chisels. Thanks so much for making such awesome tools. It means that working can always be enjoyable!
I spent about 5 hours carving last night. My forearm is locked tight but my bowl is looking beautiful. If it turns out ok, I'll send you a picture. I used the Bent knife on about 5 different projects I'm working on and it has an amazing versatility. You can approach the work from every angle and it is so sharp it even slices across the grain without the wood even noticing.
Thanks again Jim, I'll be ordering a draw knife and a straight knife as soon as I have saved the money.
Your previous shipment was excellent; beautiful craftsmanship, superb tools. I have thouroghly enjoyed learning to use the carving knives. Wickedly sharp yet strong - makes playing with Australian hardwoods a breeze. Especially as I work with raw timber, the double sided blades make changing cut direction & styles a fluid and enjoyable past time.
To be perfectly honest I'm not 100% sure of the timber I used for the adze. It was a victim of the cyclone on my property. It is a (very) hardwood and I'm pretty sure a native. Beautiful mix of colours though, it's made some interesting bowls too. Carving deep against/into the grain is hard work (it will take chunks out of the edge of my lesser knives - yours however have stood up incredibly well - just need stropping a bit more regularly and they're ready to go). Working with the grain your bent knives (and the adze) will produce an almost mirror bright cut surface. ... hard work though, think I'm starting off the hard way, rather than the apparently popular basswood used in your part of the world!
Received 3 knifes I ordered to return to carving after 7 years away still very much a novice...extremely happy with the quality of your product!
I like supporting the independent craftsman/artist when I can and you did not disappoint. Thank you for the fine quality product you deliver...obviously you truly enjoy your craft.
North Wales, Pennsylvania
As soon as my mini General Bent Knife showed up I could not wait to give it a try. It is a superbly made tool that gives full control to the user, it holds an edge very well (we are talking here a tough kind of hardwood) and easy to hone.
Tel Aviv, ISRAEL
Thanks for a first rate knife blade Jim! I Found a shed from a big
buck on my property and made the handle. I have a few nice knives
but this is now my favorite. Thanks again.”|
|“Hi Jim -|
I bought a small forged bevel survival knife from you 2 months ago. It ended up as my carry knife because it holds an edge so well. I use it for ranch work and in the gun shop. I have been using a 600 grit diamond and ceramic rod to sharpen. Good results but am having to learn to maintain bevel better.
I have a hard felt wheel that I use to polish guns for blueing, would that be suitable to rebuild the bevel? I usually have 400 grit on this wheel. Any suggestions on building the proper bevel and edge maintenance would be appreciated.
Thanks for you time - ”
We like to support people like you that have businesses that are small. You have an excellent reputation. I wanted a knife that he would not have to "work on" before he could use it. Matt is a very skilled and talented young man and deserves a quality piece of workmanship. Its nice to have a personal reply and I hope will you have continued success in your business. We will continue to support you as we figure out what our needs are.
Marshall, North Carolina
Today I have duly received ordered knives in safe. I am verry much thanks for your kind dealing. I'm realy love these beautifull knives.”
My name is David Seidel, I am the solobassoonplayer of the vienna radiosymphonyorchestra. I am also a very close friend of christoph hipper, so I am using your double edge knive since almost 14years to scrape my bassoonreeds! But I am also selling them to all my students and colleagues also for oboe! Until now I always got them from christoph but we have seen that you offer now free shipping and that you have the website order service. Only that our fantastic basson knive is temporarily out of stock. How many do I have to order that you make new one, are 7 enough?
Thanks for letting me know if this is possible and how long it would take!
Greetings from Vienna!
Your happy knife user”
Wanted to tell you that I enjoyed your sight a lot and learned a good deal from it. I'm just starting out at carving, but I understand well made cutting tools and was impressed with your methods. Haven't seen anything like that in a lot of years. Would like to know if you ever continue your scorps again too as I am interested in them also. Hope to continue to do business with you.
I'm building a square-hewn log cabin up in Michigan' U.P. right now. It's a style that goes way way back up here where the logs are scribed and mated together along their entire length with no chinking. The general bent knife I've got has proven to be an excellent fine-detail follow up to the axe for cutting the lateral groove where the logs mate together. After running a several thousand feet of wood through the blade, I've decided it's an incredible tool.
Los Fresnos, Texas
|“ Hi Mr Wester|
The Adze arrived today and my compliments on your workmanship!
I have used it just a bit and have to say it's like having a beaver on a stick!! The look of the wood afterwards is exactly what I envisioned- thank you sir!”
Many months ago I bought a medium sized straight knife from you. Man I'm telling you I have really enjoyed using that knife. It gets sharp and it stays sharp! I love the shape of the blade and it just seems like my hand really knows and trusts the knife.
I know this is a stretch, but if you made a simple pocket knife, I would probably want to own one.
Thank you for the wonderful carving knife.”
|“Hi Jim, |
So sorry for the delayed response, I snuck away to hunt for a few days and my inbox was overflowing upon my return, now the chase begins. I was tickled pink to see a message from you, a man of your word you are. Most promise to get back to you and never do.
I've put many miles on that little draw knife you made, its the best tool on my bench by far. I succumbed to purchasing a fine set of chisels from England just to keep myself working and I gotta say your steel holds an edge and glides like nothing else I own and the English chisels don't hold a candle to the quality of your steel.
I'd be very interested in a larger model, let's say a 4" blade or so but keeping the design similar the micro knife I currently own. Let me know what I'd be looking at for such a tool and we'll go from there, if its anything like the last blade I bought from you it will pay for itself after the first time I use it.
It was very nice to hear from you.
|“Hello Jim, |
I own a handful of Japanese kitchen knives and other tools with blue steel, white steel, and VG-10 cutting edges, but nothing compares to the toughness and durability of your drawknife that I've used in my shop. I'm hoping to have a kitchen knife that lives up to that drawknife, with the size and shape that fits the way I work in the kitchen.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
|“Hello Jim, |
I ordered an adze from you about 4 or 5 months back, and I just wanted to say Thanks. I'm just learning to carve and I'm trying to get my knives and other things gathered up and on a limited budget that can be hard. I wanted to let you know that the adzes I got works like a dream, a friend of mine who is a weaver and has been carving a lot longer than me started using it and know he's saying he wants one, we also wondered if you make a D adzes?. Well I've chewed enough ear, so again Thanks, and I WILL be placing another order with you soon, need a good straight / general carver blade now.
Have a good one.
|“Good day Sir,|
I just received the carving knife today. I like very much. I have one of your knives which I have used for 5 or 6 years now. This new knife has several small but noticeable refinements which indicate to me you have made a nice progression in your craft! My older North Bay has long been my favorite and I am sure this new one will take it's place right beside it.
I am going to be ordering one of your Bushcraft knives (small - blade only) and a matching sheath before long. Do you have a wait time on this item?
Thanks for your fine craftsmanship. ”
Thomasville, North Carolina
I just finished the handle for my small bushcraft knife - see image. We have stabilizing tanks here so I used a nice piece of stabilized fiddleback maple. We use three of your knives (2 drawknives and a small carving knife) daily in the production of our products. A lot of people don't really understand the meaning of sharp until they see those edges in action! Just love your work! - Oh, also give my best regards to Julia McCormack for the wonderful work on the sheath!
James B. Goedkoop
My carving knives are intended for serious wood carvers. They are razor sharp and can be very dangerous if used improperly. Please be careful and don't allow young people to use them unsupervised.
Your satisfaction is fully guaranteed. If you have a problem of any kind with one of my knives, please let me know. I will make it right with you.