The Aleut and Inuit people used norsaqs as a leverage tool to add power when throwing harpoons. It is a tool to give a spear a powerful launch
A similar tool is the Atlatl, used by other cultures all over the planet. The difference between the two is that the Norsaq engages with a pin in the side of the spear’s shaft whereas the atlatl hooks over the very ( tail ) end of the spear or dart. It sat on top of their kayak and also helped them roll when their Greenland paddle was dropped.
Norsaqs are now rarely used as originally intended with harpoons, but they remain a tool used in many styles of Greenland rolls.
We have two Norsaqs available, one is carved from a single species and the other is more decorative, carved from laminated strips of different species. Both are carefully made, to ensure that they are comfortable to hold and use. They are finished with 100% Tung Nut oil.