Ulu Knife from Alaska

What is an Ulu? An ulu is an all-purpose knife traditionally used by Inuit, Yupik, and Aleut women. It is utilized in applications as diverse as skinning and cleaning animals, cutting a child’s hair, cutting food, as a weapon and, if necessary, trimming blocks of snow and ice used to build an igloo.

So we are going to use this knife for cutting cheese and herbs. David was attracted to these everywhere we went he was staring at them thru the glass cases. He loves knifes of all kinds and once when I asked him if he really needed another knife he said, what a silly question, of course I do.

So he looked everywhere and finally decided to purchase this lovely Ulu.

David loves the pattern, which he told me is a damascus metal pattern.
We promise we will not wear this knife when exercising or swimming!

Also, when we use it at the next family party, we will post an updated picture!

Published by David & Laura Speer

Were a Metro Detroit, Michigan, couple – second marriages for both of us – and we dream of retiring early to Travel the World. Follow us while we try and figure out to raise our kids, and save to retire. David is a Robot Programmer, Laura is a Medical Physicist. We put our kids before ourselves for years, saved and ate at home and now after years of all this sacrifice and raising our kids - we are closing in on empty nesting, and we realized we have the opportunity to retire earlier than most and follow our dreams to travel the world. How are we going to do this? Well we have a lot of ideas, but lets see how it works out. Our original retirement date was January 1, 2021. We are reviewing the option of working another 3 years but prefer to keep the 2021 date, either way we will be retired by 55 years old - still trying to figure out how, but working toward our goal everyday, while enjoying each other and our blended family. Follow us to see what happens. All images on this blog are copyright (c)

35 thoughts on “Ulu Knife from Alaska

    1. Ha, we are going to use it. I like to have family parties and can completely see me serving cheese with this, cutting it, and using it for herbs to dice up. Who knows what else. I might use it this weekend to chop up some green onions I have and then freeze them for future cooking plans.

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  1. “Beautiful” and “knife” are not words I would generally use together, but the scrimshaw craftsmanship on that blade is stunning! I don’t blame you, Dave, for “needing” this one! (Now, what did Laura get to purchase?!)

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    1. It is really beautiful, thanks Nancy, I have not used it yet, but will soon. So good question on the what did I buy, Actually nothing, but I did buy some really nice earring in Japan. I am not a huge buyer, I would rather take my kids out to dinner, or my family on a trip or spend some time just hanging out with them. Yes, I know….but I am just happy exactly with what I have.

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    1. David is laughing like a villain right now, we always joke, laura is the angel and Davud…. well nit an angel. If you met David and knew him fir awhile, you then would say he is a heart if gold man, it just us under all that toughness, and huge beard exterior


    1. Still – it was and I think this is why David really wanted it. So we can share it during our family parties for slicing cheeses and remember the great trip we took. We also have a Great Jamaica wooden platter we bought on our HoneyMoon and I still use it at our Family parties and we laugh about what a great trip that was (we took all our kids, since we were blending families and thought it would be the smartest choice).


  2. We went to the Ulu Knife factory and store in Anchorage. Actually, not to the factory but the store only. And we didn’t get a knife tere, even if tyey were quite attractive, but we did get other souvenirs there.

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