Unusual specialty hunting knives have been a CRKT staple for many years,
and this one is no exception. Conceived by Hawaiian knifemaker and big
game hunter Ken Onion, this knife is the fusion of two ancient tools:
the ulu palm knife and scraper of Alaskan and Canadian tribes, plus the
cleaver. Both tools go back many thousands of years, and the earliest
flaked stone ulus found date back more than 50,000 years.
As a laid-back Hawaiian, Ken has named the product for the shaka Aloha
spirit handsign, thus it's the Onion Shakaulu™.
Ken developed this tool because there is a real need for it. After
taking a large game animal it is a versatile tool for the heavy-duty
tasks, with a gut hook, a fully curved Razor-Sharp skinning edge, and a
handle that allows it to be used as a cleaver to separate pelvic bones,
or even to quarter a large carcass in the field.
The blade of the Shakaulu is exceptionally thick and heavy, the hallmark
of a traditional cleaver. It has a high convex grind for maximum
strength. The blade is made of 65MN carbon steel for maximum toughness,
and is black powder coated to resist corrosion.
The handle is Twin-Fused™— first injection molded with a hard black
polypropylene handle form, which is followed by softer dark green TPE
plastic inserts. The handle is ergonomic, giving a secure grip in cold
weather and while wearing gloves.
For skinning, the Shakaulu can be gripped high like an ulu, with the
thumb on the thumb hole. For cleaving, it can be gripped by the handle.
Because the Shakaulu is a heavy tool, Ken designed a special heavy-duty
molded polypropylene sheath that incorporates a locking pin, on a
flexible retaining strap, that goes through the tool's thumb hole. This
sheath allows secure inverted carry, and is convertible left or right. A
removable belt clip is included, and the sheath has multiple slots and
grommets to allow lashing to a backpack or pack animal.
The Shakaulu should not be confused with a brush cutter or hatchet. It
is a much more sophisticated skinning tool, and the Razor-Sharp edge is
not intended for such use.
But if you need to make short work of a large animal before the snow
flurries, or hyenas, close in, the Shakaulu is the tool for you.
Open Overall Length: 9.5 inches
Weight: 15.3 ounces
Length: 5.5 inches
Thickness: 0.267 inches
Material: 65MN Carbon Steel
Finish: Powder Coat
Material: Double Injection PP/TPE
Carry System: PP Sheath
Weight: 3.2 ounces