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Shakaulu - Designed by Ken Onion

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Unusual specialty hunting knives have been a CRKT staple for many years, and this one is no exception. Conceived by Hawaiian knife maker 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 hand sign, 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.
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No. of ratings: 3
 5.0/5.0 Stars  
 
 
 
Number of Reviews: 6
  • 2013-12-26
    Clarksville, TN
Thick, heavy, sturdy. Great for skinning, cleaning and caping big game. Great shape and handle - feels good and secure in the hand. Locking mechanism on sheath is very awkward. Otherwise a great multi-purpose knife. I don't go big game hunting without it.

  • 2013-10-25
    Dillingham, AK
I picked one up through the PX. Really great knife/tool. The knife is sharp, the handle and knife are well balanced. I have not had a chance to use it on a moose, but the knife was very useful around camp. The knife I give a 5 stars plus, I would give the sheath about 3. I find gettingthe knife in and out clumsy, at least for me. I think a leather sheath would be better, or design one that would be easier to secure. Thanks for a great product, I can't wait to use it on a moose or bear

  • 2013-03-31
    Spring, TX
Shot a 160 pound hog this weekend in Texas and used the Shakaulu for the initial cuts for skinning. One of the sharpest tools I have ever used. Cut through that skin (hide) and fat like butter. I experimented with about 6 different knives this weekend and this one rates very high Downside - I don't like the sheath, not ergonomic when removing knife, very easy to cut your finger.... Overall a 4 out of 5.... Rob

  • 2012-12-07
    Madison, WI
Looking forward to taking this with me bow hunting next year. It has a great weight and well balanced. The sheath keeps the knife secured in any position if I want to be able to pull it out quickly I would get a leather sheath made, but I really see no need for that. All in all I'm very satisfied with this purchase.

  • 2012-02-08
    Titusville, FL
Very nice quality knife, heavy and very sharp. It will be a very useful tool in a camping or survival situation. The sheath on the other hand fails to meet my expectations. There would be no way to get the knife out fast if you needed to. It would be nice if it had came with a leather sheath with and snap release

  • 2012-01-11
    Lakewood, CO
My Shakaulu was just delivered. What a sturdy knife and sheath The knife itself was heavier than I expected which is great and razor sharp. The gut-hook is the perfect size. The sheath is made of heavy plastic and tightly grips the knife. The only ding...the tether that attaches to the locking mechanism (that locks the knife in the sheath) is a little lacking. It's a thin, pliable piece of plastic that will eventually get caught on something when the temps are freezing and break off. The belt clip is attached by screws. I added Loctite to the threads before I installed it just in case. Overall I am very pleased. I can't wait to use it on my deer, elk and moose ventures up here in Colorado (next year). I'll add more after I've had a chance to use it. Thank you Mr. Onion and CRK



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Product Specifications
Dimensions
Open Overall Length9.5 inches
Weight15.3 ounces

Blade
Length5.5 inches
Thickness0.267 inches
Material65MN Carbon Steel
Blade-HRC56-58
FinishPowder Coat
GrindConvex
StyleSkinner
EdgePlain

Handle
MaterialDouble Injection PP/TPE

Carry
Carry SystemPP Sheath
Weight3.2 ounces

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Ken Onion
Ken Onion - Though I have been a devout knife collector since childhood, collecting mostly production knives and anything else I could find, I was unaware of the custom knife industry until 1989 when...
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