About the Alaskan ULU knife

About the Alaskan ULU knife

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The Alaskan ULU knife (pronounced ooloo) is an Inuit (Eskimo) all-purpose knife traditionally used by women. It is utilized in applications as diverse as skinning and cleaning animals, cutting food and, if necessary, trimming blocks of snow and ice used to build an igloo. The traditional Ulu was made with a caribou antler, muskox horn or walrus handle and slate cutting surface, due to the lack of metal in the Arctic

Because the center of force is concentrated directly over the middle of the blade, it creates twice the direct downward force compared to that of conventional cutlery (where the force is behind the center of the blade).

The ULU has a rounded blade topped with a handle and is usually grasped between the middle and ring finger of the hand.

The Alaskan ULU is a great tool for cutting pizza, cheese, vegetables and skinning and cleaning fish.