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copper river knife

by Alexandra Paliwoda $65.00

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A Cut Above

This shapely tool was inspired by the Ulu, an all-purpose knife treasured by the indigenous Yup'ik, Inuit, and Aleut. Used daily for a myriad of tasks as diverse as chopping food, cutting a child's hair, and shaping blocks of snow and ice to build an igloo, this versatile tool is valued for its utility and ease of use to this day. Moved by her time spent living a subsistence lifestyle in rural Alaska, Alexandra Paliwoda hand-forged this traditional instrument for use in the modern home. The romantic design on knife represents the Copper River as it flows through the untamed wilderness from its base at the Copper Glacier in the Wrangle St. Elias National Park. A curved, easy-grip handle and a beveled blade allow the knife to make quick work of fresh herbs, cheese, crispy pizza, and more. The back of each piece is hand-stamped with the artist's signature--the mountain goat. Handcrafted in Idaho of sealed recycled steel.

Due to the recycled and handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

Unfortunately, this item cannot ship outside of the United States at this time.

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Made from
recycled steel
Approximately 4" L x 4" W
Hand wash. Sharpen as you would a conventional knife. Oil edge with a food safe oil.

Help condition and preserve your knife with mineral oil.
  • the maker
Alexandra Paliwoda

Alexandra Paliwoda

Inspired by all things wild and free.

Born in the Rocky Mountains and raised in the backcountry of Alaska, Alexandra Paliwoda expresses her love of wild places with her hand-forged ironwork. True to its name, The Backcountry Blacksmith was forged by Alexandra in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park of Alaska, a truly pristine and wild place. Thus inspired by nature, Alexandra creates functional art for the home using recycled and upcycled steel.

Alexandra began working with metal in year 2000 when she was certified as a farrier by Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana forging horseshoes for various horseshoeing applications. Working with horses and in agriculture, living a subsistence lifestyle in Alaska, building her own cabin in the north country, and tending to explore the road less traveled, Alexandra feels that the important things in life, when the day is done, are the experiences. A few of Alex's many interests include travel, photography, playing guitar, fly fishing, kayaking, skiing, and spending time with those she loves. She makes sure her dog Jasper gets his daily run, and of course, melds metal into art!

"I created lasting products that have minimal waste or carbon footprint in terms of production. Hand-forged ironworks are made from recycled materials. They introduce into one's daily life a reminder of the outside world. I believe that each one of us can help everyday in terms of preserving, protecting and caring for the great outdoors by making the choice to be more responsible at home, at work, really just in our own individual spheres of life." collection

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