Guest Blogger {the Husband}: Ulu Knives

• 10 April 2008

Once upon a time I cooked quite a bit. In fact believe it or not I was once the primary cook in the house; but now I am lucky enough to have been demoted to primary partaker of whatever tasty morsel my wife whips up. One of my favorite cooking tools for years was an Ulu knife I picked up in Alaska while driving tour busses up there for a summer. What’s an ulu knife you say? According to this site it 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 Blades were originally made of polished slate and given a bone, ivory or wood handle.


My ulu knife was made from an old saw blade that was trimmed, sharpened, and had a bone handle put on it. What started out to be a souvenir turned out to be the perfect all-purpose knife for cooking. I could chop, slice, dice, julian, mince etc, and even rapid fire slice up quesadillas and pizza with this bad baby... The only down side was that the Alaska-made knife rusted pretty quickly. I was hesitant to get rid of my rusty kitchen companion until I came across this knife. While Wusthof claims it’s a mincing knife, we use every day for just about everything.. In fact we need another one because it’s always in the dishwasher! If you’re a cook and willing to invest $35, this little baby won’t do you wrong!


Note from the Wife: this knife is also perfect for dividing up pb&j sandwiches in .5 seconds :)

PS: Here's a link to a listing of several places to purchase the knife!



8 comments:

jerin said...

Looks perfect for cutting pizza. lol A very interesting concept. We'll have to try one out. :)

buttercup said...

I LOVE my Ulu knife. I use it for everything! It is perfect for slicing carrots and sandwiches. And it's easy for kids to use too when they are helping in the kitchen!

Marilou said...

That knife is one of neatest things I have seen in a long time! I am going to keep my eyes open for one in Canada.

cher said...

Love the guest posts, keep them coming Ben!

Amber said...

Will loves his Ulu knife, and knifes in general. He is quite the aspiring cook! This looks like the perfect addition to his growing Wosthof collections thanks for the great idea!

Paula K said...

Looks like I NEED this knife. I am wondering how I should store it so the blade is protected as it won't fit in my knife block. Is there a sleeve for it to be stored in a drawer?

Ben said...

Paula, no sleeve, but it stores perfectly with the blade between your stove and the countertop!! That's where I stored mine for years.

dr.brian said...

Food Network Deity, Alton Brown, recommends always hand-washing your best knives (Ulus are definitely included here though I don't yet have one). Makes them last longer and reduces their chance of rusting. I also see it as a prudent move to keep the sharp kitchen blades out of reach of small unpredictable children who like to meddle in what they shouldn't and always seem to be attracted to an open dishwasher.

My wife pointed out to me that you have posted and I felt her unspoken wish that I also post some more. I suppose I will. It fits me better than creating a page in a scrapbook.

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