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Quilted Maple Ulu

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Project by JDBlades posted 01-03-2010 11:47 PM 2095 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some scrap quilted maple left over from the most recent camp knife I made. The friend I made that knife for lives with two other good friends from college, so I decided to put the scrap wood to good use and make them an ulu, which is a traditional Inuit skinning knife. I bought a couple of these blade blanks a while ago and had been waiting to use some appropriately sized scraps. They’re great for slicing up fruit and vegetables, dicing herbs and greens, and chopping up meat. Also excellent as a pizza cutter. It’s a nice design, since it allows the user to get more weight and force directly over the cutting blade.

I rough shaped the wood, epoxied it onto the handle and went to work. I ended up using mostly hand tools for shaping since I’m currently residing away from the shop where I did most of my other work and where the nice power tools live. It was in some ways a nice change, and in others, a maddeningly slow endeavor. I used a piece of red oak (stained with MinWax English Chestnut) with a 10 or so degree slot cut into it for the base. Finish was a coat of spar urethane. In the end, though, I think it came out rather well. My friends were pleased, and that’s what counts.

Comments, questions, suggestions, good jokes and all other manner of verbiage welcome.

-- I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it - Thomas Jefferson





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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 01-03-2010 11:52 PM

I have to say that this is the first Ulu that I have ever seen posted and by golly, it’s the nicest one too!
The quilted maple really sets it off!
Very Nice !

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dustyal

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#2 posted 01-04-2010 01:30 AM

Slick work… good looking.

I have a knife like this… and use it as you said… but I didn’t know the name of it. uh, yours is much better looking. Thanks.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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Deltawood

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#3 posted 01-04-2010 01:58 AM

Very nice and unique project.

Where are blades like that available? The only ones I could locate were handled.

-- - If it ain't broke, don't lend it!

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JDBlades

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#4 posted 01-04-2010 02:32 AM

Thanks a lot for the comments. Delta, check out Texas Knife Company here, under the “Camp and Kitchen” section. http://www.texasknife.com/vcom/index.php?cPath=119_299

North Coast Knives also carries ulus, and the owner is a great guy who has been helpful in answering some questions I’ve had about the knife making process. Check it out here: http://www.northcoastknives.com/northcoast_knives_Kitchen.htm

-- I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it - Thomas Jefferson

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JDBlades

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#5 posted 01-04-2010 02:34 AM

This site might also be helpful for anyone interested in learning more about these unique knives. http://www.ulu.com/

-- I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it - Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 01-04-2010 02:55 AM

Looks good well done

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scrappy

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#7 posted 01-04-2010 07:03 AM

Nice knife. Great piece of scrap for the handle. Well shaped for ease of use.

Keep it up.

Scappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 01-05-2010 12:29 AM

good looking and functionel knife
well done

Dennis

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