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Here is a PDF version of the complete catalog of the regular Dancing Man Knives & Ulus designs. A paper catalog can be mailed, if you prefer. The catalog consists of to-scale line drawings (when printed/viewed at 8.5x11"); some sample photos appear at the bottom of this page.
Maynard Linder began crafting authentic, hand-made ulus in 1990, and by 1997 he left a successful Journeyman Carpentry career to make knives and ulus full-time. Today, he supplies knives to gift shops around the state, and to individuals around the world. He is excited by the prospects of a “home gallery,” where he can present unique designs for discerning customers.Maynard Linder began crafting authentic, hand-made ulus in 1990, and by 1997 he left a successful Journeyman Carpentry career to make knives and ulus full-time.Today, he supplies knives to gift shops around the state, and to individuals around the world.He is excited by the prospects of a “home gallery,” where he can present unique designs for discerning customers.
Maynard spends his time making knives and ulus, so he can sojourn to the
The ulu was developed thousands of years ago in the Arctic regions of
Our ulus, considered by many Eskimo women to be the best made, are used to cut up and skin any type of fish, from herring to halibut. In the kitchen, an ulu can be used to slice, dice, or chop any vegetable, spice or nut. We also make small sewing ulus for tarditional skin sewing tasks.
Dancing Man ulus are handmade in Homer,
All of our ulus are made from carpenters' hand saw steel with a high carbon content. This type of steel is preferred for its lightness, flexibility and ability to take and maintain a razor sharp edge.
Over half of our ulus are made from antique, turn-of-the-century hand saws. These antique saws have the higher quality steel desired by traditional Eskimos.
Our handles are made of wood, moose deer or caribou antler, ivory, oosik, extinct Steller's Sea Cow bone (Mermaid BoneTM) or musk ox horn. The handles are bedded in epoxy and riveted completely through themselves and the blade with brass rivets for a lifetime of service and stability.
Our Inupiaq style ulus such as the Barrow or
Learning to use an Inupiaq ulu takes a little practice but is well worth the effort. Our Yup'ik style ulus such as the Bristol Bay,
Your ulu can be sharpened with a diamond steel, or a medium fine Arkansas stone. Old Eskimos use flat beach rocks. Clean and dry your blade after every use or it may rust. A light coating of olive or vegetable oil will ward off rust. Incidental rust can be removed with steel wool.
If you use your ulu enough to become comfortable with it, it will become one of your most useful kitchen utensils.
Our Dancing Man Eskimo knives carry on a tradition stretching thousands of years into antiquity.
Our blades resemble the ancient slate-side and end-hanted styles preferred by the ancient people of
In addition to the traditional Eskimo style knives, we also have a full line of paring, skinning, and fillet knives.
The handles are made of caribou, moose or deer antler. Other handle materials are fossil walrus bone, extinct Steller's Sea Cow bone (Mermaid BoneTM), wood, and sometimes Musk Ox horn. The blades are made of antique handsaw blades, two-man crosscut saws, or bandsaw blades. We prefer this type of steel for its flexibility and its ability to take an edge fast and hold it well. All of our steel and handles are 100% recycled.
Since our steel is high carbon, it will rust and must be taken care of. Dry the blade immediately after use. Rust can be removed with steel wool. A light coating of almost any food-safe oil will prevent rusting.
Some stock photos, all antler handles unless noted otherwise.
6"/Large Eskimo Knife
Curved Fillet Knife
Small Eskimo Knife
Steak (Small Fillet) Knife
Small French Knife
Small Skinning Knife
Small Japanese Knife
Shop Ulus (notice variety of shape)
Back Row, left to right:
Small Savoonga Ulu
Medium Bristol Bay Ulu
Middle Row, left to right:
Nunivak Ulu (in walrus vertebra stand)
Sea Cow bone sewing ulu
6" Fish River Ulu