Curly Olive Ulu


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Custom, hand made knives for hunters and collectors   

Custom handmade knives and high performance cutlery for hunters, collectors, and chefs

Michael H Mara  

(708) 969-2424


Here are the knives. Some are sold, and some are currently available, as described in the captions. I can duplicate a sold knife, or work with you to create a custom piece. Lead time for custom orders is currently 6 to 8 weeks.

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Curly Olive Ulu               


Curly Olive Ulu @2011 Michael H. Mara

This Ulu* has a curved, flat ground, 440C blade, hardened to HRC 60, with a chisel point edge grind, and a hand-rubbed semi-mirror finish. The handle is  contoured Curly Olive with three 3/16" Nickel Silver pins. The Ulu is 5-3/4" wide by 4-1/2" tall.  No sheath, although one can be made for an additional cost. $248. SOLD

*The Ulu is an Eskimo (Inuit) design, used for butchering game, food preparation, skinning, and eating, dating anywhere from 5000 years old to much older. This highly functional design evolved over millennia, and has been found in archaeological sites, made from bone, stone, and ivory, pre-dating the Iron Age. It's quite nimble in the hand, and on a cutting board, does a fair imitation of a human-powered Cuisinart.

Below are some process photos, showing the construction details. Components prepared for assembly:


The wood pieces, drilled and sanded, prior to assembly:

Assembled and glued up:

Glued up, contour sanding begun:

Detail pic of the top edge, with vulcanized spacer:

Detail pic of the handle/blade transition:

Showing the contours:


Michael H Mara  (708) 969-2424

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