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Ulu Knife

Fri May 03, 2013 4:33 pm

Hey guys,

One of my suppliers in Japan is pitching me on making an Ulu Knife. Do you think there would be some interest in doing a damascus version of this type of knife?

I'll post a scetch so you can see what I'm talking about. I'm totally ignorant about these other than knowing generally what they look like and a little bit of histor on them.

Re: Ulu Knife

Fri May 03, 2013 5:14 pm

I would have to imagine you would sell at least one as a novelty purchase, but then again... aren't all high-ticket bling handled damascus steel custom knives? Not that a Ulu is not functional, but honestly, who in 21st century America uses one?

Have you had any success, if you even tried, selling Mezzalunas in the past? Howbout Menkiris? An Ulu is just such a niche knife... or tool.

I guess it's not a bad thing to expand your inventory, if you can, but I have to imagine you're going to sit on them for awhile...

Re: Ulu Knife

Fri May 03, 2013 7:17 pm

My first thought was no but I've been surprised before by what people tell me to buy.

Who knew spoons and cardstock knife sheaths would sell like crazy? Not me! :)

Re: Ulu Knife

Fri May 03, 2013 7:49 pm

Spoons are indispensable kitchen tools, and you sell to people ITK... residential or commercial. Chefs at least, usually don't wanna spring for a Kunz because they're easily stolen, much more so than a knife. Therefore the Richmond is a good option, even if different in profile than the Kunz. Cardstock guards... not everyone can afford a saya, and not everyone has enough common sense to make one out of cardboard. ;)

Hey... if you wanna sell practical tools, add a bench knife!

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All these people on the forum talking about using their knives as scoops :shock: , and compartmentalizing product on their boards by scraping their cutting edge... it makes me cringe! :evil:

At least Shaun flips his on the spine, but honestly, it's such an indispensable kitchen tool, I would be angry w/o mine.

Re: Ulu Knife

Fri May 03, 2013 11:52 pm

Melampus wrote: Chefs at least, usually don't wanna spring for a Kunz because they're easily stolen, much more so than a knife.



Ive had 2 Kunz spoons "disappear" in the last 2 weeks. RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEE

Re: Ulu Knife

Sat May 04, 2013 12:38 am

...see what I mean ;)

Re: Ulu Knife

Sat May 04, 2013 2:58 am

LOL, I got that 'scraper' for $4.99 at ocean state job lot. I bought it after the first time I thought about scooping with my knife!

Chris

Re: Ulu Knife

Sat May 04, 2013 6:17 pm

I get an Ulu to do every now, the Edge Pro is perfect for this shape of blade.

A little old lady uses this one for herbs.

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Re: Ulu Knife

Sat May 04, 2013 11:45 pm

PETE <> That's a perty edge there... ;)

Re: Ulu Knife

Wed May 08, 2013 12:46 am

chefknivestogo wrote:Hey guys,

One of my suppliers in Japan is pitching me on making an Ulu Knife..............


Well, the Japanese do still hunt whales. The Ulu in skilled hands is a very effective knife - the Eskimos even use them for filleting fish - but there is a very long learning curve to proficiency with them.

As for herbs (parsley-cutters) - many people seem sold on a variation of ulu paired with little concave-centred cutting boards vs a full-sized mezzaluna - but the latter rules for processing the large quantities I knock up for tabouli.
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