Today I take a break from my writing blogs to bring you something different for my letter U.

One of the many fascinating objects I came across when I visited Alaska in 2010 is the ulu knife. My friend, who is a scrabble freak, was delighted she had a new word to add to her scrabble vocabulary. As you can see from the picture, the knife is curved so you cut with a rocking motion, instead of sawing as you would with an ordinary knife. This also helps to secure the item being cut so you don’t need to hold it down with a fork. Some of the ulus we saw ranged from $9. 95 for the small, souvenir type to over $65.00 for the larger and more ornate ones.

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