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Ulu Skinner, Full Sized

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by John Noon, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Had someone from up north ask me to make her a stainless steel ULU to replace the carbon steel one she currently uses.
    After saying yes and picking out S35VN as the steel (any excuse to try a new material) I found out the ULU Factory sells stainless versions for $15.00 each and passed that long to her. Any old stainless steel will work for basic skinning chores so what I chose is way overkill even for kitchen use.

    Since this is a project I had on the lonnnnng list of things to try the project is going forward anyway, makes a nice knife for cutting and dicing in the kitchen.

    Specs:
    3/32" S35VN
    5" wide and tall more or less, considered a small ULU. Larger ones run in the 6" range.
    Purple Heart handle with G10 spacers in Purple and Yellow.
    small grooves may get a gold wire inlay and the flats are getting a gold leaf treatment.

    Purple heart was stabilized but forgetting to weigh before and after I have no idea just how much weight was gain, it did polish up pretty well on a test piece so I would say 90% successful at least.

    Blade was plate quenched with forced air cooling and two temper cycles at 400F. Hrc is 60 plus which shows in the fact the old 60 grit belt I have is polishing the surface.

    Before heat treating bevels and holes are easy and bevels should be 90% plus finished because this stuff is real fun to grind afterwards.
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  2. Swivel

    Swivel New Member

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    That is one heck of a kitchen weapon, er, tool!
     
  3. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Right on! I have one of these with a bone handle and I use it all the time in the kitchen. I'd have to hold this one a little different as mine is open under the handle so one's fingers can fit through there.

    Takes a little getting used to. My wife hates it, but I love it for veggie chopping, stews, greek salads etc.

    Good work!

    Dan
     
  4. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I have the pattern for the two post version as well, this is styled after one the person currently owns but with some extra curves. While grinding I had a brain storm :) the double post one could have a stick tied to it and use as a axe, might do a double sided ULU-AXE affair with short handle, a battle ULU as it were.
     
  5. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Pretty cool John. I love the curves in the top of the blade. I gotta say, these things have always looked pretty intimidating in the kitchen. We have one we bought on an Alaskan cruise (very cool thing to do btw - really recommend it) but I've never really figured out how to use it. Based on what i've read and how widely used they are in the north, I know they've got to be the way to go. Like most things, my brain need far longer than most to adjust to doing something new.

    Great ulu John. Nice design.
     
  6. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    Nice ulu I like the the shape and look of it.
    Only the women use them in the north and they use them for everything. It's amazing what they can do with them .
     
  7. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    a little progress, at the 95% stage. Still fighting urge to polish this thing but goal is go for a antique or really well used look. This type of knife was in the 1816 blacksmith catalogue as a cheese and dicing knife although I took liberties with the upper blade shape the round handle dates back a few years.

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  8. krash-bang

    krash-bang Active Member

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    Looks great John. That's a mean looking kitchen tool. Is it a chisel grind?
     
  9. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    A single sided bevel of 25 degrees. Some regions do grind both sides on larger models.

    Do not like how this one handles so making another with a better handle and one with antler.
     

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