Mother's day present

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Ok, I'm giving my non-knife carrying wife a gold lipped pearl Victorinox for Mothers Day. Wish me luck. It's a beautiful knife and I've been tempted to put it away in the collection, but I want her to learn to appreciate how handy and useful knives can be. One small step for her, one giant leap for the family.
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I consider it an act of love and education! Hope it works.

Happy Mothers day to all Moms out there. Hope you all have a great day today!

God bless.
 
Hi Bob!

That's very nice of you.
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Me, I gave my mom a bunch of flowers and chocolates for Mother's day..
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I don't think she can carry a knife and not lose it.. hehehe...

Happy Mothers Day to all mothers out there!

Dan
 
I got you weenies beat!
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My Mom collects things, pewterware, figurines, etc, but the most prized items in here collection are the various Ulus that have been made by family members over the past 50 years or so. (and the Gerber Pixie the LarryLuana had.....it seems that I have knives in my blood)

I made her and Ulu about two years ago. It was an expediantly made one, sort of unrefined, but still useful, it was made to be big for cutting up pizzas and such, but I was never proud of it...

This year I made her one that I am proud of. The handle is made from an antler of a Sitka Blacktailed deer from Afognak Island. I managed to carve a few little pictures into it, I am not the best with pen and paper, but I can manage with Dremel and antler for some reason.

The blade is the (more or less for the past 200 years or so) traditional carbon steel from an old handsaw blade. It isn't the best steel around, but it isn't as cheesy as the 420j that some companies are using, and it holds a better edge than the slate that was used prior to european contact.

The blade shape is somewhat traditional, though the tang is modified a little. it is longer than most and allows for a little more variety of grips, I was trying to make my rendition of a utility ulu. It is about 5-1/2" from point to point.

I know my mom is going to flip when I give it to her..


YeK

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Yek,

Weenie schmeenie... hehehehe... At least, it's the thought that counts! :p

We don't all have the luxury of owning a dremel tool like yours, otherwise, I would have done the same thing too.. lol! Of course, one other reason why I can't give her cutlery for Mother's Day, was that she might end up using it on dad! LOL!!!! Besides, she hates knives. You're one lucky devil you, to have a mom who understands what a knife-knut feels, and wants.
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Anybody selling a 2nd hand dremel? hehehe...

Dan
 
Actually it helps to work at a machine shop and have access to a grinder, as that did the bulk of the work in shaping the blade. I did use thedremel to cut the notch in the handle to fit the tang into it, and for etching the pictures on the handle, but it wasn't a necessary thing. Not to mention Ulus are the epitome of utility and should be inoffensive to all but those types who think all of our food should be pre-chewed for us..

Goto Garage sales to find dremels, I heard one guy around here found one for $5...Alot of unimaginative people get them as gifts, and can never figger out what to do with them...

And to add a little insult to injury
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, my MOM got me my Dremel for my Birthday because I was always using Hers...!!!
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YEK
 
Hey Mike,
You got that Antler in my back yard! Sounds like a great gift. As you know, most of the stores in Alaska sell those crappy Ulus or if they are well made they cost >$100. You ever get to Kodiak? If you do let me know and we can talk knives.

My wife announced to me last week, "No knives for Mother's day". Sigh! Oh well, at least she likes her Crosslock she got for X-mas.

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Greg,

I have been to Kodiak once..I wouldn't mind living there if it wern't for the expense of doing so. IF you make it into Anchorage drop me a line...I wanna see that 'benza...

It has been suggested to me on numerous occasions to start making more traditional style ulus to sell. None of theis stainless steel with walnut or plastic handle crap. I dunno, I don't know where I could get enough saw blades..

YeK

[This message has been edited by Yekim (edited 09 May 1999).]
 
Yek,
I call you the next time I head to Anchorage and I'll bring the 'benza with the Gary Graley sheath. Not too many people to talk knives here with.

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