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Re: Small round knives 1 year 3 weeks ago #11910

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tuffybraithwaite wrote:
last week i had a somewhat similar type knife to sharpen, but it was un-mountable in the WE, so i just used the 600 to 1000 diamond paddles on it, but it was chisel grind job.

That Knife is an Ulu a knife originally used by Inuit woman for food prep and scraping skins.

I have a couple of them. Very useful for dicing and chopping vegetables and as a general purpose knife.

www.the-knife-connection.com/knife-blade-types.html

An Ulu (Inuit woman's knife) knife is a sharpened segment of a circle. This blade type has no point, and has a handle in the middle. It is good for scraping, and sometimes chopping. It is the strongest knife shape. The semi-circular version appears elsewhere in the world and is called a head knife. It is used in leatherworking both to scrape down leather (reducing thickness), and to make precise, rolling cuts for shapes other than straight lines.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulu
An ulu (Inuktitut syllabics: á“—, plural: uluit, English: "woman's knife"[1]) is an all-purpose knife traditionally used by Eskimo women, both Yupik and Inuit. It is utilized in applications as diverse as skinning and cleaning animals, cutting a child's hair, cutting food and, if necessary, trimming blocks of snow and ice used to build an igloo.

Leo's version might be what this quote calls a head knife.

Just a bit of data to make it easier to talk about..
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Re: Small round knives 1 year 3 weeks ago #11912

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`That knife looks like one used for cutting herbs often on a purpose made dished chopping board ; the geometry of the round knife is such that when using the point it is easy to cut a curve or when cutting straight the cut is started with the edge and as the cut progresses the knife is rolled towards the centre or as the centre is in line with the grip a lot of pressure can be used to cut though thick layers of leather they are great knives to use.
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Re: Small round knives 1 year 3 weeks ago #11913

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Hey Clay..
could you describe this better so someone like me that has a hard time with visualization might "get" it?
Just not following the handle on the blue base part at all.

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I've done lots of round and head knives and they come out really well. I mount them vertically so that the handle sits on the blue base and I do one half at a time, going just beyond the middle so that there is an overlap when I flip the knife around. The leather workers I've sharpened for really like the results.
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Re: Small round knives 1 year 3 weeks ago #11916

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PhilipPasteur wrote:
Hey Clay..
could you describe this better so someone like me that has a hard time with visualization might "get" it?
Just not following the handle on the blue base part at all.

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wickededge wrote:
I've done lots of round and head knives and they come out really well. I mount them vertically so that the handle sits on the blue base and I do one half at a time, going just beyond the middle so that there is an overlap when I flip the knife around. The leather workers I've sharpened for really like the results.

Phil did you happen to see Clay's video in this thread? It does a pretty good job of explaining the handle. Even I understand now.;) And that is usually a reach! :lol:
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Re: Small round knives 1 year 3 weeks ago #11917

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LeoBarr wrote:
`That knife looks like one used for cutting herbs often on a purpose made dished chopping board ; the geometry of the round knife is such that when using the point it is easy to cut a curve or when cutting straight the cut is started with the edge and as the cut progresses the knife is rolled towards the centre or as the centre is in line with the grip a lot of pressure can be used to cut though thick layers of leather they are great knives to use.

I have one of the Shun Mezzaluna knives and boards like you describe. It's great for fine dicing/chopping of herbs.
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Re: Small round knives 1 year 3 weeks ago #11919

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Luck man!
Speaking of odd knives a friend gave me a cheese knife to sharpen it has handles (one on each end) perpendicular to the blade and was the best part of a metre long
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Re: Small round knives 1 year 3 weeks ago #11920

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I just looked at the Shun Mezzaluna how do you sharpen that ?
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Re: Small round knives 1 year 3 weeks ago #11922

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PhilipPasteur wrote:
tuffybraithwaite wrote:
last week i had a somewhat similar type knife to sharpen, but it was un-mountable in the WE, so i just used the 600 to 1000 diamond paddles on it, but it was chisel grind job.

That Knife is an Ulu a knife originally used by Inuit woman for food prep and scraping skins.

I have a couple of them. Very useful for dicing and chopping vegetables and as a general purpose knife.

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i got it from the next vendor over last sat.....and that is all she cuts with it - vegtables.
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That sound great especially with the native history behind it.
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LeoBarr wrote:
I just looked at the Shun Mezzaluna how do you sharpen that ?

Interesting.. they sell the same sort of dished chopping board at ULU.com:
shop.theulufactory.com/6-1-2-bowl-with-5...your-choice-5BBA.htm

I wonder what came first... the ULU or the Mezzaluna.(half moon)
??

The pretty chopping bowls must have come later...
But, seem to be a logical progression..

With VG10, one has to wonder about the pricing on the SHUN...
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