Old stone and wood ulu knife, Eskimo, Inuit, Aleut

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Antique Eskimo ulu, stone and wood


From somewhere in the far Northwest, could be Eskimo, or more properly Inuit, Aleut or Inupiaq, this is a very old stone blade (I think a type of slate) with a wood handle.  These came together, like an ulu.   Note that this blade may have had a different handle at some point but the two pieces fit together now.   Together, it measures 2 3/4″ top of handle to bottom of blade.  Separately, the blade is 3 1/2″ x 1 7/8″ and the handle separate is 3 7/8″ x 1 3/8.”  I know there are current versions of ulu blades, this is not one of those.  This is old, worn, chipped and had seen a lot of use.  The blade is still impressively sharp!  The handle is old, cracked and very worn.  The wood is chipping and flaking, all evidence of good age.

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