Diamond Willow Ulu Knife
This diamond willow Ulu knife is created here in Alaska, the handle and base are both made out of diamond willow. Additionally, the blade is made out of stainless steel. Due to the grain of the wood, each knife and base set have a distinctive one of a kind look. This piece makes a great traditional knife for a collector. As well as a useful tool in the kitchen for vegetables and pizza.
Alaskan knife maker, Bob Merry, designs and makes the knives here in Anchorage. Bob and his family have been carving and making knives in Alaska for over 30 years. Each year he spends a month or more in the Arctic wilderness collecting naturally shed antler for his knife handles and carvings. He gets mammoth bone from miners, and artifacts and other materials from hunters that find them while in the back country.
The diamond willow, prized for its unique appearance, derives its name from the diamond-shaped patterns that naturally occur on its surface. Craftsmen often use this wood to create a variety of tools, such as walking sticks, canes, and other decorative items. The distinctive patterns in the wood add a touch of natural beauty to the tool, making it both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
General Info About Ulus
The ulu design typically consists of a semi-circular blade with a sharp edge. Craftsmen traditionally craft them from stone, bone, or metal, incorporating a handle that fits into the curve of the blade. Its versatility in serving various purposes such as slicing, dicing, chopping, and skinning has earned the ulu its renowned reputation. Primarily associated with Inuit and Yupik cultures, the ulu holds cultural significance beyond its practical applications.
Beyond its historical and cultural significance, people value the ulu for its ergonomic design, enabling efficient and controlled cutting motions. While traditional ulus maintain their cultural significance, contemporary versions may incorporate modern materials for enhanced durability and functionality. This makes them appreciated tools both for practical use and as collectible items.