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Meet Murray Carter
"From these experiences came my desire to make something better..."
Growing up in Eastern Canada, I enjoyed outdoor activities which gave me plenty of chances to use a diversity of blades. I was constantly disappointed with the blades I was exposed to. From these experiences came my desire to make something better.
Shortly after graduating from high school, I traveled to Japan. My interest in blades led me to a Japanese bladesmith's shop. In no time at all, I was engaged in an apprenticeship under the tutelage of a 16th-generation Yoshimoto bladesmith.
I speak Japanese fluently and can ready fairly well. I think that it would have been impossible to understand the "essence" of Japanese bladesmithing without the language ability and I am very thankful for it.
Upon completing my apprenticeship, I was asked to take the position of number seventeen in the Sakemoto family tradition of Yoshimoto bladesmithing. I believe I am the only Caucasian ever to have had the honor and privilege of this position.
My first forged Knife 1990
In June 1999, I passed the American Bladesmith Society Mastersmith cutting performance test under the supervision of W. F. Moran. The blade I tested was of the same construction as the knife featured in "The Last Kajiya," with a 200-layer Damascus steel core.
In June 2001, I was awarded the rating of Mastersmith by the American Bladesmith Society, thus proving a degree of competency by Western standards.
After eighteen years of bladesmithing in Japan, my wife and I decided to relocate our family to Vernonia, Oregon, USA.
|During these years I have been truly blessed to have had such wonderful customers. Many purchase additional knives while others simply stop by for a visit. This gives me an overwhelming sense of gratitude and humility. Your indications of satisfaction provides the motivation to produce the highest performance cutlery available in the world today.||
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Carter Cutlery Co.
22097 NW West Union Rd.
Hillsboro, OR 97124