|A Whole Lot of Good News!
It is with great excitement that I bring you this newsletter. First, we
are half way through the move to our newer and bigger facility, and
what a wonderful location it is proving to be. The overall convenience
and proximity to shopping, dining, post office, supply companies,
Portland airport, etc., while yet being in a completely rural location,
despite the move, we have managed to complete a handful of kitchen and
neck knives to supply the constant increase in demand. New knives have
just been posted on our New
our new YouTube series "Carter Cutlery Japan Tour" has debuted with two
new releases; "Part 1,
Intro" and "Part 2,
Shiraki Forge." I
trust you will find these videos interesting and very informative. We
plan to continue releasing edited footage until we run out of raw
footage, and need to return back to Japan to capture more. I know your
interest in Japan will grow after viewing this rare and fascinating
film. Those interested in joining the next guided tour to Japan in
October 2011 should read through our past
offers for details and
conditions and then contact me.
we are submitting plans to the county to acquire building permits for
an extension to the new shop and office space. We are expecting to be
building sometime late February or early March. We welcome anyone who
knows their way around a construction site to come and swing a hammer
for a few days. We have a great bunkhouse to put you up in while here,
and will provide three meals a day. I'll offer some sharpening clinics
and forging demonstrations for those willing to come lend a hand.
response to the new
Apprenticeship Program was as I expected -- phenomenal. Not
only did many new customers join, but we also had a
number of Inner Circle Members join as well. Here are a few of their
joined the Inner Circle membership with much enthusiasm and
anticipation of what I was going to learn under Murray Carter. After
two 5-day workshops, and a lot of new knowledge, I read about Murray's
new Apprenticeship Program. I called him immediately knowing I would do
whatever I had to, to switch programs. Murray made it SO easy for me to
switch, guaranteeing me additional workshop time with Murray, access to
his excellent and valuable business acumen, and the ability to call on
him for help.
to say I feel extremely valued as a life-long customer and workshop
participant that I felt that I had to write to say much more than
"thank you." When I joined the Inner Circle, I felt it was the
opportunity of a lifetime to learn the true secrets of traditional
Japanese bladesmithing, but now having the ability to be in an
Apprentice Program with Murray is a dream come true!!
blown away by Murray's generosity by allowing me to switch from the
Inner Circle to the Apprentice Program at no cost, no strings, that it
left me dumbfounded. I have had many dealing with many business people
and Murray is among the best, as an artisan, businessperson, running a
family style business that is welcoming, moral, and humble, all in one
package. I look forward to spending even more time with Murray, and
continuing to pick his brain of as much knowledge as I can handle. Thank you, Murray!
--- Russell Montgomery
our exchange about switching from the Inner Circle membership to the
new Apprentice Program, I felt that I had to write to say much more
than "thank you." When I joined the Inner Circle, I felt it was the
opportunity of a lifetime to learn the true secrets of bladesmith
mastery, but I did not pay much attention to your insistence in the
offer that you "really wanted to develop a personal and valued
relationship with each and every member and customer." I knew
that I would receive a fantastic "deal in training," but little did I
know that you would also follow through by delivering much more than
you ever even committed to. I never suspected that you would go so far
beyond the curriculum in teaching class and delivering a "bladesmithing
experience that remains with the student."
my surprise when you created the Apprentice Program with even more
teaching available and much, much more in benefits from Carter
Cutlery. I was heartbroken that this opportunity hadn't
existed when I joined the IC since I'd already "spent my money" and
taken my choice and classes to boot. But that surprise was explosively
surpassed when you, out of the same kindness and generosity you have
brought to every experience I've had with Carter Cutlery, offered to
simply "LET ME TRANSFER TO THE APPRENTICE PROGRAM" as if I'd never done
the Inner Circle. I could not believe I would then get ALL the
classes and the needed access to your mentoring to step beyond the
Inner Circle and into the full light of a mastery of Bladesmithing.
letter is my thank you for your ongoing help in enabling me to climb
ever higher on the ladder of mastery. It is heartwarming and
uplifting to find someone in the commercial sector who goes way beyond
the "extra distance" to help others achieve their dreams while always
delivering on promises made.
--- Michael Balamuth
Until our next email news, stay sharp and may God richly bless you!
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Our Customers Are Saying...
wanted to write and follow up on the Funayuki you made for me. I have
spent about a good month with it and using it on a daily basis. The
balance is perfect for me; it is neither blade- nor handle-heavy, which
I find great. It is the first knife I have had that handles this well.
blade profile is very nice as well; I can get paper-thin slices due to
the extremely sharp edge and blade profile. I can understand why people
would go to a shorter blade length after using one of your knives; they
simply cut extremely well and you don't need the extra length.
also want to comment on the sharpness -- whew, scary sharp is right! My
next task will be learning how to properly maintain the edge. I am
planning on ordering your DVD set on sharpening. I also have my eye on
a Wa-bocho and placing an order for a Deba. Thanks, Murray!" -- Tim
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