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Yakutian

Yakutian

The Yakut knife, is the traditional knife of the Yakuts (an ethnic group of the Republic of Sakha (or Yakutia).

Used to work with wood, hides, fish and meat. The knife has been used in Yakutia for hundreds of years without significant changes in its design.

Typical Yakutian knives have a blade length of 4–7 inches, and 1–1 1⁄2 inches wide. The unique feature of this knife is that the blade is asymmetrical; One side of the blade has a groove in it and a grinding chisel, while the other side has no groove and is basically a convex edge (meaning rounded to the edge, rather than having a straight bevel). The leaf is traditionally forged from iron ore of local origin melted by the Yakutian smiths. The knife handle is traditionally made using the birch burl, it is thick and oval shaped; In cross-section. It fits the hand, can also be used  wearing with gloves. The birch protects the hand from the extreme cold affects on the knife’s steel, a common condition in Siberia during the winter months. The knife sleeve is traditionally made from the skin of the cow's tail.

 

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