Handmade Inupiat Ulu Knife

Posted: July 27, 2018
Handmade Inupiat Ulu Knife
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This handsome devil of an Ulu knife is handmade in central Alaska by the North Star Knife & Ulu Company. Its damascus-style blade is a combination of 1074 carbon steel, 15N20 steel, and about 2.5% nickel for added toughness. North Star Knife & Ulu also points out that they're located in a place where temperatures can drop to -60 degrees F in the winter, so they have no choice but to use rugged, hardy materials in their products to withstand the weather.

The Ulu handle is made of walnut.

For those who haven't used an Ulu knife before, the rocking cutters make easy work of divvying up pizzas, as well as chopping ingredients such as garlic and lettuce. Their design is an ancient exploration of ergonomics. Placing the handle directly above the blade also places the force of your hand over it, creating less wrist and grip fatigue. Traditionally used by Inuit, Yupik, and Aleut natives, the Ulu knives date back to as early as 2500 BCE.

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