ALASKA ULU KNIFE
ALASKA ULU KNIFE
The ULU knife is more effective at cutting, chopping and mincing than traditional kitchen cutlery, because it places pressure directly over the blade, rather than at the end of the blade. Use it for all your chopping, slicing and dicing prep or with our chopping bowl (sold separately) to mince spices and garlic or chocolate and nuts! We have it on good authority that the ulu makes a perfect hunting and general utility knife as well. This may be the handiest Alaskan souvenir you will own! Although many new knives have been introduced, the versatility of the ULU knife continues to prove itself as the dominant food preparation knife among the people of Alaska and Northern Canada. The burl wood cheeseboard and ulu sharpeners also available separately in our store!
For almost 5,000 years, the ULU knife has played a primary role in the life of Alaska Natives. The original ULU blades were made from polished slate with carved bone, or ivory used as its handle. It is not known exactly when natives began decorating their ULU's, but there are many artifacts that show scenes of native life and wild life on the bone or ivory handles. Today, Eskimos continue to use the ULU's original design, but they now use new materials such as stainless steel and wood.
Blade Width: 5 1/2"
Total Height of knife: 4 1/3"
Wooden Display Stand length: 3 1/2"
Wooden Display Stand Height: 3/4
Cleaning and Maintenance: Do not soak! Wash your ULU in warm soapy water, then rinse and dry thoroughly. Do not allow the ULU to "air dry", for this can cause damage to the handle and blade. Apply several drops of cooking oil to the stand and handle every three to four weeks. The ULU can be sharpened just as your other cutlery and knives.