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History of the Alaskan Ulu

History of the Alaskan Ulu


The Alaskan ULU (OO-loo) is an extremely versatile cutting tool crafted by the Native Alaskan people over five thousand years ago. The knife was primarily used by Eskimo women for skinning and cleaning fish and has played an important role in the survival of the Arctic people. Blades were originally made of polished slate and given a bone, ivory or wood handle. The handles were often inscribed with distinctive designs or markings exclusive to the maker of the knife.

Today, Eskimos and people from all walks of life continue to use the versatile ULU as their primary cutting tool, despite the wide availability of other knife designs. 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). Anyone, including those experiencing hand or wrist problems, can perform cutting and chopping tasks effortlessly with an ULU. The Alaskan ULU is a wonderful tool for cutting pizza, cheese and vegetables of all kinds! 

Care & Maintenance is a snap. Simply wash your ULU by hand in warm, soapy water using a downward motion to avoid the sharp edge of the blade. DO NOT SOAK IN WATER. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Apply natural mineral oil to the wood handle and stand every 4-6 weeks or when wood seems dull and dry. DO NOT put in dishwasher. The ULU blade maintains an extremely sharp edge for a long period of time. The hollow ground edge on one side of the blade can be sharpened the same as conventional cutlery. As with any knife, use extreme caution when handling.