Welcome to Old School Tools!

242 Sales


Welcome to Old School Tools!

242 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Hand-forged knives, carving tools, and other functional items in wood and metal. High-quality, historically influenced designs made using recycled and locally-sourced materials. Please see my policies page for more info...Thanks for visiting!

-Orien MacDonald


Hand-forged knives, carving tools, and other functional items in wood and metal. High-quality, historically influenced designs made using recycled and locally-sourced materials. Please see my policies page for more info...Thanks for visiting!

-Orien MacDonald


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5 out of 5 stars
Bradley Buckman

Bradley Buckman on Aug 5, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Very well made and thought out design.

Erin Poe

Erin Poe on Jun 19, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Very impressed with the beauty of this chopper! Bought this for a gift but will most likely be purchasing one for our kitchen as well. Thankful to have craftsmanship like this as well as the "made in the US" appeal. Thank you!


divinemama on Jun 1, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Incredible craftsmanship. Practical yet beautiful piece. Gratitude!

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Shop policies

Last updated on June 16, 2011
A few words about my philosophy and working methods:

All my knives and tools are individually handmade in my home shop here in southern New Mexico. Steel blades are formed in a charcoal-fired forge using hammer and anvil, then carefully heat-treated, sharpened, and tested before shipping. I have been making tools for about twenty years now, with a focus on historical hand tools...my goal is to produce finely functioning, attractive and comfortable tools, which will also last a lifetime with proper care.

I use primarily recycled, locally sourced materials in my work. All blades are made from recycled high-carbon steels, often old files, chisels, and vehicle springs. I particularly enjoy using antique materials, such as parts from horse drawn wagons...these materials often have a workability and organic appearance that modern steels (in my opinion) can't match.

Unlike the stainless steels many of us are used to nowadays, carbon steels can rust if not maintained...for best results dry after washing, and keep blade and handle lightly oiled (any oil used for cooking will work well). After some use, carbon steel blades will typically develop some grayish patina...this does not affect the function of the tool, and can be kept to a minimum by cleaning with a lightly abrasive scrubber, such as a scotch-brite pad.

Woods and other materials collected locally are carefully selected for their appearance, grain, and working qualities; I generally cut wood from dead, standing trees if possible. Some of my favorite woods include Mesquite, Walnut, Hackberry, and Osage Orange. Many of my kitchen knives are handled in Desertwillow (Chilopsis linearis), a little-known desert tree related to catalpa; this wood is incredibly resistant to water damage, which makes it great for use in the kitchen. Leftover wood scraps become forge fuel, enabling me to make efficient use of material that might otherwise go to waste.

All wood finishes used are all-natural and non-toxic...I most commonly use a homemade blend of beeswax and cooking oil.

Each order is carefully packed in recycled newspapers, in a shipping container fabricated from recycled cardboard. Worldwide shipping is included in the purchase price on all orders; shipping will be by US Postal Service.

I am also proud to have appeared in "Handmade Portraits" on etsy's blog! Watch the video here: http://www.etsy.com/storque/read/handmade-portraits-old-school-tools-9516/


Accepted payment methods

  • Money Order
PayPal is preferred; I will also accept money orders and personal checks, but it may take some extra time (up to two weeks) to make sure they clear before shipping your item.
Shipping costs are included in the purchase prices of all items at Old School Tools...shipping will be by US Postal Service, first class with delivery confirmation. Any customs fees on international orders are the responsibility of the buyer. I will provide tracking numbers on request; convo me if you have any questions about your order.
Refunds and Exchanges
You may return any item within five days, in like-new condition, for a full refund (minus shipping charges). If an item breaks during normal use (not abuse...I can tell the difference!) during the first year with its new owner, I will repair or replace the item free of charge.
Additional policies and FAQs
My tools and knives are sold razor-sharp...injury is possible if not used safely, so please be careful unpacking and using them. Your safety is your own responsibility! You must be 18 or older to purchase potentially dangerous items.

Compliance with local laws regarding ownership of bladed tools is the responsibility of the buyer, please check the laws in your area before purchasing. (For a brief overview look at the Wikipedia page on knife/bladed tool legislation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knife_legislation. Contains current regulations for many countries, and links to other related info.)