an overwhelming demand, I have consulted with my teacher, Mr. Yasuyuki
Sakemoto of Japan, and received an enthusiastic "Thumbs-Up" to open up
an apprenticeship program for a select few who are qualified. The
program details in full can be read here.
featuring my youngest daughter, Maria, last month and the knife she
designed at five years old, her older sister, Alisa, was not to be
outdone. At seven years old she sharpened her pencil (with the neck
knife daddy made for her, naturally!) and hit the drawing board.
think she got it on her very first attempt, so I made a template and
then produced two knives from it. I think her design definitely
reflects her Japanese heritage. She was a little disappointed that I
didn't reproduce the cross-hatched lines on the handle like she had in
her design, but then again, I didn't include the snowmen in Maria's
Alisa's Model with Ironwood handle
Alisa's Model with Stabilized Burl handle
||The Big Move is
Happening This Week
Tuesday, Jan 4th, we will commence in all seriousness with moving our
household items to the new house, and then later commence with moving
the heavy equipment to the new shop around the end of the month of
||Carter Cutlery Now
Hiring... With the Move Comes a New Opportunity
Cutlery is once again in a position to hire a new staff member. We are
looking for a fellow who loves knives, is super computer savvy, and
knows a thing or two about marketing. This person also needs to be
willing to act in the capacity of assistant, secretary, packing and
shipping, and be willing to assist is any task that will help Carter
all the skills we are looking for most though, it is extreme computer
programming ability and internet savvy that will benefit Carter Cutlery
the most. Please only respond if you meet this essential requirement.
below more about what this job meant to a former employee:
Tim McCalla, Administrative Assistant to Murray Carter
Carter Cutlery Friends and Customers,
is with a heavy heart that I must report that I will be returning to
Florida after the Blade Show in Atlanta this year. Due to unforeseen
family issues I must return home, but will continue the fine personal
and business relationship with Murray Carter and Carter Cutlery.
closely with Murray for the last six months has been the most rewarding
experience I’ve had in a very long time. It saddens me greatly to have
to leave because over the short period of time I spent with Murray, I
learned more about master level knifemaking and the integrity and honor
associated with a 17th generation Japanese Bladesmith, than I ever
imagined when I accepted his generous offer to be his assistant.
only describe working with Murray as a positively life changing
experience in every sense of the word.
is now accepting inquiries to fill my position with a new candidate and
I would like to help him find the right candidate. It is the very least
I can do for all he has done for me.
you have a strong desire to be associated with a man who produces only
the highest performance cutlery and you have a willingness to commit
yourself to the hard work that produces excellence, then you need to
contact Murray about this position immediately.
is available to answer your questions if you are seriously interested
in pursuing one of the most outstanding opportunities in the knife
making industry. Believe me, if you are the right person for this
position and are selected by Murray to be his assistant, it will be the
best move you have ever made. I know because it is killing me to have
such, I will remain in constant contact with Murray, and be available
to Carter Cutlery at any time to assist in any way because I now know
what Murray Carter and his Japanese bladesmithing skills mean to his
rapidly growing customer base and the knifemaking industry as a whole.
look forward to a life long relationship with Carter Cutlery and will
see many of you at future knife shows and at Murray’s bladesmithing
Here is the original letter that Murray placed in his monthly
newsletter that prompted me to call with the hopes of working for him.
Looking back at this letter now, I’m so glad I responded and am truly
honored that I was accepted as Murray’s assistant. Everything he told
me was straight-up true. If you can follow in my footsteps, you will be
as grateful as I am to have done so.
Administrative Assistant Job Offer
the very early days of my bladesmithing career, I have felt a strong
sense of purpose in what I do. That purpose has always been to create
the highest performance knives possible and to deliver them with
unsurpassed customer service. My second goal has been to share my
knowledge with my customers through continuing education such as
seminars, demonstrations and video productions.
I have reached a
very exciting time in my career. Demand for my knives has steadily
increased since my move to the US two years ago, and presently I am as
much as two years behind on my custom knife orders. The debut of my new
the success of the bladesmithing
school, as well as a host of other new innovative business activities
has contributed to increased demand as well as increased administrative
work for me. Some days I can’t even get out to the shop to make the
knives because I’m busy answering e-mails, answering phone calls,
packing up knives, taking them to the post office, updating my customer
database and other administrative tasks.
I’m really excited
because this is a pivotal time for Carter Cutlery. I feel that now is
the time to take this business to the next level. With the right
assistant, I believe I can double my business, have faster turn-around
on custom orders, and further increase the quality of my cutlery by
being able to concentrate on what I do best…forging high performance
cutlery. I also have other business ideas as well that go naturally
with custom cutlery fabrication, ventures that I know we could be very
If only I had a twin brother, I could manage it all myself…
So here is the amazing offer...
am looking for a creative energetic administrative assistant. This
person needs to have the desire to be a part of making Carter Cutlery a
force to be reckoned with in the cutlery industry. I know we can do it
if we have the right people. I’m looking for someone who can see the
vision, feel the purpose and wants to be part of the pioneer staff of a
promising company. I’m looking for someone who will commit to several
years, and who will be able to reap the rewards down the road for
having invested their time and energy in such a promising venture.
Job requirements involve the following:
1) Must have a heart for excellent customer service and team working
2) Must be computer savvy with experience conducting business and
3) Must have an enthusiastic interest in the cutlery industry
If you think you’d like to be part of a winning team, contact me by
or phone, 503-816-6556.
that wraps up the first newsletter of the year. Stay warm, healthy,
happy, and continually aware of God's rich blessings upon us.
God bless you all.