This one is highly original and special. Completely hand made by some bloke close to the Norwegian border. That's the only reference there is to the craftsman (asked for a web-page but there was none as magical blacksmiths communicate lucidly, not digitally). The blade, from the look of it, seems to be carbon steel. It is extremely sharp and seems to hold the edge really well. We've already used it to cut some leather, some wood and a little bit of meat and it is just as sharp as when we got it. The handle is made primarily out of elk horn, and some wood and brass. Half of the sheath is vegetable tanned leather (we can tell) and the other half, just like the handle, elk horn. And not just any elk. The specimen used for the head honcho's knife was killed by the head honcho's dad, the grand honcho. We will just go ahead and suppose that it was suplexed to death as the wrestling gene runs apparent in the honcho family.
There's a decoration running across the back of the handle that looks a whole lot like a Jörmungandr (the Midgard Snake) impersonation. This makes the head honcho confident that the knife was forged for him to face Ragnarök with. Feels safe.
Probably the most unique of what the head honcho got for christmas (and pretty much ever), there is a special purpose (besides Ragnarök) for this knife. We'll tell you all about it further down the road.
Our dear buddy Bud ponders about advertising and the new world order. The following are his words.
Advertisement, just as rhetoric, is designed to target our aspirations as well as persuade and move us. But more so than that, in the heydays of Madison Avenue, it also filled a purpose. It's role, at least from a male perspective, was to uphold values of strength, gallantry and chivalry. To manufacture weaklings into men as the iconic Charles Atlas would have put it. Nowadays no such overarching purpose seem to exist and as such we have transformed our nation's males into a specie that would rather flaunt their physical prowess for the sake of beauty than for the sake of domination. Not convinced? Just take a look at these two advertisement. They're only fifty years apart but from the looks of them one might just as well summarize that they must originate from different planets.
If you really feel the need to do a show of hands as to determine which of the two best targets male aspirations my guess is that you are in need either of spectacles or a testosterone replacement therapy. But if this really is the case, and good advertisement are being beaten to an inch of it's life by bad advertisement, how can we explain this shift in perspective? The best explanation I can come up with is that it all comes down to Madison Avenue´s need to replace the heterosexual man as their main focus-group of customers. A business decisions that from a monetary perspective naturally makes total sense. So to try and summarize this sad state of affairs, cui bono? Well apart from Madison Avenue and the well off citydwelling meterosexual I must confess I find myself hard-pressed to spot a winner, one thing however is sure and that is as usual, the short end of the stick once again seems to fall on the weaker sex. It is they that must bear the brunt of this one as their natural inclination, dawned upon them by natural selection, pushes them to towards virile strength and might, not homoeroticism and shaven chests. Perhaps Matthew actually was on to something when he prophesied that the meek one day would inherit the earth.
Note: here are a couple of ulbator ads. For comparison purposes.
Key words to describe each one according to wikipedia: black pride; "celebrate heritage and personal pride", gay pride; "positive stance against discrimination", asian pride (have to confess, didn't know that existed as a concept); "positive stance to being asian", and finally, white pride; "neo-nazi", white supremacist", racist".
If you had any doubts of what you may and may not be proud of. We checked wikipedia for you yesterday and the below screendump from a week ago was still accurate by then. Probably still is today.
In our experience, expressing pride in your origin and heritage as a white european is only really problematic in, well Europe and perhaps northern America. In Thailand? Not really problematic at all. Mexico? Tampoco. Funny how that goes. No one seems to really hate white people except for other white people. White people and wikipedia editors.
To us at ulbator, there is no shame in taking pride in your origins. Even if you're white. From our about page: "The name Ulbator stems from our Head Honcho's (Jonas) personal identity but at the same time makes reference to his cultural origin. Ulbator is the result of fusing a strong Norse heritage with the Latin heat of current dwellings, creating a spicy anarchic mix of a calculating mind with a vigorously pounding heart." Don't take the wikipedia stance, friends.
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We just got a dedicated username in facebook instead of the old serial number url. Here's the new url:
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