Hubby Project: Ulu

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The hubby finished this ulu for a friend. She said her mom used one as a collard knife. If you aren’t familar with them. You can flat out cut carrots, rutabagas, butternut squash in chunks, but quick.

Background: Ulus are an Alaskan construct from the Inuit people. There are lots of videos on Youtube of people making, using and discussing ulus. There is a similar blade type called a mesoluna, but it is a Mediterian knife. It has two handles vs. the single handle.

This particular ulu the hubby made out of a good used stainless steel sawblade. He cut it out with an angle grinder and a dremel tool. Since the steel was already tempered (hardened) he wanted to avoid getting it hot and losing the temper. (One day I’ll let him post about his metal working instead of doing it for him.) Once the rough outline was cut out, he smoothed out the rough edges and sanded it and got it right. He made the handle of mahogany (hard wood, expensive too) and polished it and sharpened it. The edge is wicked scary sharp.

Anyway cheers on this chilly Sunday evening, james

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