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Dear fellow blade enthusiasts,

With the beginning of daylight savings time, one can only pray that the long cold winter days are behind us and the nice warm sunny spring days are here. Spring is the season of new beginnings, and it is our desire at Carter Cutlery to find new and exciting ways to further improve our cutlery service to you.

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What Our Customers Are Saying...

"I did a second order for a Whitecrane in blue steel Saturday and as soon possible I will buy more. Knives are my passion, and after I tried your Damascus, I must throw away all other blades that I own (because most of these are just "expensive junk" in comparison). You own a fine art -- thank you for your work." ---Francesco Pastore

Shop Production News

For fun we offered a handful of neck knife "seconds" several weeks ago. Can you believe that every last one of them sold within hours of announcing them to our readership. We didn't even have time to photograph them or list them online. It just goes to show that our newsletter is the best place to get in early on the best deals and promotions we offer. Soon we will be posting some amazing opportunities that will be opening up here at Carter Cutlery, so stay tuned.

In addition to filling several custom orders, I was able to get forty or so premier neck knives, including Original models, Brute Wharncliffe models, VexClip models, and Executive models and others made. A few will go to fill some orders, but the rest will be up for sale on our site within the next few days. They are, by far, the nicest looking batch of neck knives we have ever put out.

Next in production (April) will be a quick run of standard SFGZ and SFGZ-RH kitchen knives in regular and long sizes. After that, in May, I will be forging and completing a run of custom straight razors, both Japanese style and traditional Western style as well.

Currently we are delivering custom orders in a little less than a year.

Bladesmithing School News

We just completed the new 203 Traditional Japanese Bladesmithing Skill Builder class last weekend. It really was an amazing three days. I was very excited because the attendees had quite a bit of previous bladesmithing knowledge coming into the class, and I knew that they had attended several other prestigious blacksmithing/bladesmithing classes around the country. I knew that my teaching and demonstrating skills would be put to the ultimate test during this course. Well, the whole class went as well as any other class I have taught, that is to say, it progressed with the accuracy and precision of a Swiss watch!

Mark Basford, 203 Course

Read these awesome testimonials of the students here, and watch what one of them had to say here on YouTube.

I've just completed Murray Carter's 3-day skill building course designed for experienced knifemakers.

Day One was an introduction to traditional Japanese bladesmithing technique, including proper forge control, power hammer use and sanmai lamination techniques, as well as profiling, heat treating, grinding on a Japanese water stone, finishing and finally, sharpening using Murray's famous sharpening techniques.

Day Two was an accelerated Damascus forge welding class, again utilizing the Japanese forge and power hammer together. In learning proper techniques, great time was taken to address the most common forge welding errors, how to identify and repair or avoid the problems all together.

The Damascus blade was then heat treated and rough ground, again on the Japanese water stone for finishing on Day Three.

On Day Three, Murray shared his method of finishing, which is efficient, effective and deceptively simple, and... well, you can see the result -- a beautiful 897-layer 11" Damascus chef's knife with a white steel core.

I have to say Murray is a natural teacher, skilled artist and genuinely nice person. I had a great time and learned a lot. -- Mark Basmuth, IT architect

I must first begin by saying that this was my first encounter with coal-forging Damascus steel as well as being my first bladesmithing experience. In less than 8 hours, under the expert tutelage of Murray Carter, I was able to make a traditional Kuro-uchi knife and sharpen it to a degree that I never imagined was possible.

Mr. Carter is a teacher of the highest order, the kind of instructor you always hoped for. Throughout the course of the day he conveyed his concepts to me in a lucid, well-thought out and methodical manner. I will carry his educational tools with me for the rest of my life. --- Larry Ellis, outdoor writer for Northwest Sportsman

The next class is our 500 Six-Day Intensive Bladesmithing class, which will be held on April 5~10. We had a last minute cancellation due to family issues, so we have one last opening in this class. If you act fast, we could fit you in, but you have to act quickly. The next 500 class will be in the summer.

If you are interested in any of the following courses, call or email us at to find out more about scheduling. All class details can be found here at
Murray Carter's Bladesmithing School.

100 Introduction to Japanese Bladesmithing 1 day $1000

101 Forging and Completion of a Personal Neck Knife 2 days $2000

102 Forging and Completion of a Stainless Fukugozai Series Kitchen Knife 2 days $2000

103 Forging and Completion of a Whitecrane Ultimate CCW Knife 3days $3000

201 Forging and Completion of a Camp Knife 3 days $3000

202 Forging and Completion of an International Pro Series Chef's Knife 3 days $3000

203 Three-Day Skill Builder Class 3 days $3000

301 Forging and Completion of a Kuro-uchi Series Knife 3 days $2500

302 Forge Welding and Completion of a Damascus Steel Knife 6 days $6000

401 Sword Forging 6 days $6000

500 Original Intensive Six Day Class $6000

New Imported Scissors and Forestry Tools Update

Response to the incredible, top-of-the-line products that Murray purchased over in Japan on his recent trip has been great. We have already sold out of many of the original items listed, and have already replaced them with new stock from Japan. Check out what has caused so much excitement at Carter Cutlery here and here.

New Video Series -- Recruiting Help

We are planning to film and market a new, and much needed, video series in the next few months. Filming will likely be conducted at several major cities across the US, and take about one month to complete the project. We are looking for a small, professional film crew who would like to participate in this venture. Rather than simply hire a local crew who are indifferent to the subject matter, we would rather work with a few individuals who have a passion for cutlery, and who are motivated by more than just "making the rent."

Judging from the brisk sales of our Sharpening DVD sets, this new series should prove to be best sellers, not only in the cutlery industry but in the culinary industry as well, which is hundreds times larger than the custom cutlery market. Come be an integral part of this exciting project. Call Murray directly at 503-816-6556, or email him at

As you can see, things just keep getting better and more exciting at Carter Cutlery. We are so blessed to have you as our customers and loyal patrons. All of us at Carter Cutlery get the greatest pleasure from our work when we are able to serve you in a meaningful way.

Until our next email news, stay sharp and may God richly bless you!

Carter Cutlery

P.O.Box 307
Vernonia, OR 97064

phone 503-429-0447
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