Custom handmade knives and high performance cutlery for hunters, collectors, and chefs
Michael H Mara firstname.lastname@example.org
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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Ergo Ulu @2010 Michael H. Mara
This ergonomic Ulu* has a curved, convex chisel ground, Damascus blade comprised of 128 layers of 1045 and 1084, hardened to HRC 58. The handle is Mesquite Burl, with three brass pins. The Ulu is 4-3/8" wide by 3-3/4" tall. $487. 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.
The blade, hardened, polished, and etched, and the handle wood routed out to accept the blade:
The pins and handle test fitted, prior to final assembly:
Looking at the rear of the finished knife:
A close-up of the handle:
A close up showing the layers of Damascus at the edge:
Michael H Mara email@example.com (708) 969-2424
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