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The Perfect Plug Cutter

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  • Started 3 years ago by gloucesterman
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  1. gloucesterman

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    I love plug tobacco in the evening when I have the time to devote to its preparation. It’s cutting them without taking off a finger that always presents the problem. That is until I ran across the Ulu knife. This implement is the ingenious invention of the Pacific Northwest tribes and is available at a very modest cost. It features a wide flat blade with a single sided cutting edge much like the old time plug cutters you see in pictures. Its handle lets you control the cut and apply enough pressure to get a nice clean slice off even the hardest brick. A slight rocking motion which is easily accomplished because of the curved blade and you will be delighted with the results and probably require far fewer stiches.

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    Picture broke.

    "People are not made better by a briar. An idiot before smoking a pipe is still an idiot after smoking a pipe, they're just more likely to speak less drivel with something in their mouth. For that, all society should be grateful."

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    I see what I can do about fixing it. I deleted some duplicates and that may be the problem.

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    Love it! Very original & neat looking. That's the only trouble with plugs, the time & effort they take to prepare. With something like that you'll be good to go in no time at all. Do they sell them with leather sheaves?

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    Here is a web link and they sell sheaves as an accessory.
    http://shop.theulufactory.com/Inupiat-Style-Cultured-Antler-7CA.htm

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    That is some cool stuff. I can see how that would do damage to a plug... in a good way. Sure looks like it would make cutting Night Train a bit easier. Thanks for sharing, Gman.

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    That's great. I just may order one.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    I found this on ebay for $9.99 with free shipping. I doubt it was made anywhere near Alaska.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alaska-ULU-Knife-with-stand-New-in-Box-Eagle-says-Denali-/331705121251?hash=item4d3b2a79e3:g:P4MAAOSwv0tVHe3s

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    I think I'll stick with my ±100 year old Samuel McLardy cutter ^^

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    I think I'll stick with my ±100 years old Samuel McLardy cutter ^^

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    I think I'll stick with my ±100 years old Samuel McLardy cutter ^^

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    Big fan of the ulu here too.

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    I am almost afraid to ask what this device was originally designed to do...

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    It did everything, skinned animals, cooked dinner. Everything is frozen so that knife cuts through frozen food nicely. Plugs while not frozen are hard and it will cut them up easily.

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    I expected this thread to go sideways so fast...

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    @arno665 that's a nice alternative to have. Unfortunately not one available to most of us and I'll bet that set you back a bit more than the $9.99 option.

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    The Buck Knife 110. Not just for skinning coyotes. Perhaps the best selling folding knife of all time.

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    I've got a Ulu type knife that my wife brought back from an Alaska trip. Her preferred tool for prepping veggies. She's asked me, not so politely, to not use it for tobacco prep, so back to the Spyderco.

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    Son made this one for me, heavy, good for cutting plugs

    The Old Cajun
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    That's a sweet blade Brad.

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    @gloucesterman: That is true.. Although the price wasn't that high. Otherwise this cheap Dutchman would not have bought it

    And sorry for the double posts, the site was pretty quirky today..

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    "I am almost afraid to ask what this device was originally designed to do..."

    Like Fordm60 said you can clean a walrus, seal, karabou, moose, and cut your plug all at the same time.

    Brad, that is a heck of a good looking knife. Is that handle micarta or ivory? Looks like the real thing.

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    I just use a good cigar cutter. Works great.

    "These are ghosts that are more at home in a girdle-filled drawer than one of my pipes." Quote by Neil Archer Roan on lakeland ghosts
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    Son got it off if a friend who in a taxidermist, I believe it's Girraffe.

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    Cheers gloucesterman for putting the link up! I'm getting myself one of them ulus, now I think cutting the plug will be a pleasure & not a chore!

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    Perfect, you say?

    That would be one of these. Found at an antique store in the middle of Missouri on the way to a pipe show (true story). Cost? Fiddy dolla. New blade? A KC club member machinist friend cut one (using the old blade as a pattern) from a sheet of proper thickness tool steel, and I ground the edge in my own shop.

    By far the most difficult step was removing, grinding flat, and replacing the staked-in-place brass bar that the blade edge lands on. (It was about 2mm higher than the surrounding iron, and I wanted it flush for smooth push-feeding of plugs and ropes.)

    How well does it work? A plug run through it looks to have been factory sliced.

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    Lovely yes, but you can't sheath that up, put it in your pocket go out with your pipe & plug & do the town! If anyone's interested there's a couple of Victorian plug cutters on the English ebay. I'm sorry Im not clever enough to put a direct link up myself, but if you type in tobacco cutter antique they will appear. One's English the other German, both going for the £50 mark.

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    Lovely yes, but you can't sheath that up, put it in your pocket go out with your pipe & plug & do the town!

    I appears you lack commitment, Sir.

    A custom-fitted one of these is only a few hundred dollars, and the exercise of carrying it around is good for you:

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    Georged:-you may be right there sir, I thought I was committed just going out with a pipe on a Saturday night! That being said, I do a lot of salsa dancing & spend a lot of time with endearing young English ladies, so all that paraphernalia would simply hinder my main commitment of the evenings task in hand. Thankyou anyway for your suggestion, pathetic as it was.

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    Thanks, Brad. Giraffe bone. I have seen some folders in Camel bone lately. That Giraffe is beautiful. Sounds like a good son.

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    George, great thing to have but I only cut a few slices per evening and the Ulu takes up a lot less space. Judging from the Ebay ads you did pretty well on that one. The blade looks like you could shave with it.
    Brad, that's a beautiful knife. The boy has talent.

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    that ulu design has been used by the eskimo for centuries - long before the white man came to the north -
    & is still used today -

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