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sharpening an Ulu knife - Saturday, September 22, 2012 4:50 PM ( #1 )
I sharpened my brother's Ulu, Eskimo knife. He said I sharpened it too sharp because as he was skinning fat from an Elk hide he accidently cut through the hide itself. He says too sharp, I'm thinking it was a lapse in skillful cutting. Or he's not used to using a well sharpened blade. He usually gets these hides to make drums. This particular hide was fresh enough to still have moist blood and it had fat and thin jerky sizes meat on it: haphazardly skinned my bro says. It had a few maggots too. He blames it on a lack of salt. But I know he will make great quality drums from the regardless. Any hunter/ skinners wanna give their 2 cents on the matter?
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Re:sharpening an Ulu knife - Saturday, September 22, 2012 4:53 PM ( #2 )
is a skinning Ulu/knife ever ideally not-too sharpened? I assumed he wanted the Ulu as sharp as can be. I bet an old Indian grandma somewhere skins with razor sharp blades and does so expertly.
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Re:sharpening an Ulu knife - Saturday, September 22, 2012 5:36 PM ( #3 )
For skinning I like sharp.  For hide scraping a courser edge.   That is one of the reasons I make mine with a 'bone breaker' like on the Outdoorsman.   
If you have a single edged knife like the Ulu you can just hold the blade perpendicular.   There is a reason they call it 'hide scraping'
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Re:sharpening an Ulu knife - Saturday, September 22, 2012 5:53 PM ( #4 )
Yeah, he does a lot of hide scraping.
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Re:sharpening an Ulu knife - Saturday, September 22, 2012 5:56 PM ( #5 )
The hide he's working on was "taken" only 5 days ago. In the southern Rockies. His friend have him the hide.
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Re:sharpening an Ulu knife - Saturday, September 22, 2012 8:10 PM ( #6 )
I love Ulus! I am from Alaska and my wife uses hers in the kitchen all the time! I have never skinned with them but I would imagine sharper is better. I know that when taking skin off of fish filets you need a really sharp knife but if you don't do it right you can cut through the skin.
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Re:sharpening an Ulu knife - Saturday, September 22, 2012 8:58 PM ( #7 )
If you are using a sharp blade to scrape with, the thing is to hold it at an extreme angle like I said, and then just like the way you scrape your face with a razor.  Be very careful not to make a slicing sideways motion.  You are not so much cutting those bits of meat and fat off as worrying and working them loose.
And it differs if you are wet scraping or dry scraping.... I have been assuming 'wet'  but at least read the 1st paragraph here......
http://www.braintan.com/gallery/scraping/scraping.html
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Re:sharpening an Ulu knife - Sunday, September 23, 2012 12:54 AM ( #8 )
yeah, Dylan he does the wet scraping: Over a 3ft long, 10in. PVC pipe bolted onto a saw horse. sometimes he scrapes using just a flat bar.
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Re:sharpening an Ulu knife - Sunday, September 23, 2012 4:25 PM ( #9 )
Cold steel's version of the Ulu would have a polypropylene handle. And a secured sheath. Or maybe a kryton handle.
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