A snow shovel is of course a vital tool in hard Winter conditions and mine has the handy addition of a small saw, stored in the handle, but while researching Inuit artefacts I saw many pre-trading era snow knives made of ivory or whale bone.
Obviously I didn’t have those sorts of material to hand so I wondered if a good bit of seasoned oak would serve the same purpose. I was surprise that non of the originals that I had seen were toothed like a saw so I decided, since this was an experiment, to try make it with a smooth edge and a saw edge to see which worked best.
The Snow Knife is considered one of the most important peices of equipment for an Inuk out in the wild. Amongst other things it is used for building snow shelters like the igluvijaq (most commonly referred to by outsiders as Igloo.)