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This tool belonged to my father, I've never been able to figure out what it is and/or what it's used for. He was a professional woodworker. The tool is at least forty years old, maybe twice that or more. It has a fairly dull edge on the round side, and is sharpened from both sides. I would love to know what it is and what it is used for.
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This tool belonged to my father, I've never been able to figure out what it is and/or what it's used for. He was a professional woodworker. The tool is at least forty years old, maybe twice that or more. It has a fairly dull edge on the round side, and is sharpened from both sides. I would love to know what it is and what it is used for.
I've seen Ulu's which are used for cooking and even leatherworking that look a lot like that.


Plus there's leatherworkers Headknives that are semi circular as well.


Both are often made out of cut up old circular sawblades, although that Ulu looks to be patternwelded (Damascus) to me.

From the looks of it your fathers old tool is an Ulu, or at least thats what it looks more like to me.
They are pretty nifty herb choppers as well.
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Thanks Demographic. It's still puzzling - my father wouldn't have been into leatherworking per se at all, unless maybe for a very occasional upholstering project? He definitely didn't chop any herbs!
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Slice pizza lol
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I've seen often on cooking program, they (at least look like the same) use it for the doe in bread or pasta cutting.
If someone find another meaning of the tool, let us know.
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Yep it's a food chopper.
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Did he ever do any hunting or trapping? Ulu's are good for skinning the animal, and for fleshing the hide before tanning.
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I knew someone would say that!
LOL, that was my first thought.
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The ones around our farm were usually used with a large wooden bowl for chopping cabbage for slaw or sauerkraut.
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