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March 21, 2012
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Dear Carter Cutlery Patrons,

I pray that this newsletter finds you enjoying the change of the seasons as we progress from winter to spring. We have had an extremely busy year so far and fortunately have a lot to show for our efforts. New batches of great knives, new videos, new YouTube uploads and completed bladesmithing classes have kept us hopping since January 1st. At this rate 2012 promises to be the busiest year ever for Carter Cutlery.

 Shop News

We really want you to get in on the action...

 Now's the best time to make a knife purchase. The metallurgical quality and visual appeal of the most recent knives Murray produced is the best we have ever seen. Apparently dropping the option of blue steel in favor of mastering white steel was a solid decision which is allowing Murray to really focus in on how to wring out the maximum potential in his blades. Also, years of wise marketing and promotions has resulted in much faster turnover from finished products to sales, so those who hesitate to make a purchase are often finding out they are too late. As Murray ultimately is the only one who can forge and complete all knives, it only makes sense that as demand grows, prices will have to rise to keep pace. That's why now is the perfect time to move forward with that purchase you are wanting to make.

 Blade Sharpening Fundamentals

The re-filming of our first video production Introduction to Knife Sharpening has been an overwhelming success. In just six weeks the new version Blade Sharpening Fundamentals has jumped to first place as our most popular non-knife sale item. If slow paced, boring instructional videos have kept you from starting to learn hand-sharpening, then this video is for you and NOW is the time to start. This fast-paced and professionally filmed presentation will easily guide you through the 7 Steps of Sharpening, and before long, you'll be the one the wife and relatives are begging to sharpen their knives! It is an easy way to be the hero. We are currently the leaders in the cutlery industry with all the invaluable free information that we are sharing with the public freely about knives and related topics on YouTube. You can be an integral part of our YouTube success by subscribing to our channel if you haven't done so already. Subscribing will allow you to be the first one notified when we upload a new free informative video. Have you watched our new Japan Tour 2011 series yet? Watch for more exciting titles to be added to our channel soon.


Speaking of our Japan Tour, we are taking last call for participants for this year's tour to Japan in October. If you have the interest, time (ten days) and money ($5500) you should treat yourself to a trip of a lifetime. Nobody is more qualified of experienced to show you the inside of Japan's cutlery world than Murray. Every trip we have taken so far has greatly surpassed all expectations, and this year's trip promises to be even better than last year. Call me immediately if you want more information on this years trip at 503-816-6556 or email me at The deadline for participation is Saturday, March 31st, 2012.

 The Best Way to Participate in our Traditional Japanese Bladesmithing Classes

We have had an overwhelming interest in both our Inner Circle Membership Program as well as our Apprentice Program. These two programs offer several advantages for those looking to participate in Carter Cutlery Bladesmithing classes as well as interact with Murray on a continued personal basis. The Inner Circle Program is for investors looking to contribute to Carter Cutlery and gain generous rewards and the Apprenticeship Program is for those who are serious about learning how to become a professional bladesmith.

We welcome your participation in either of these beneficial programs, and can't wait to share our Traditional Japanese Bladesmithing secrets with you in a very personal setting. Feel free to email us ( or call us, 503-816-6556 with questions or comments.

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

Murray Carter
ABS Master Bladesmith
17th Generation Yoshimoto Bladesmith

22097 NW West Union Rd
Hillsboro, OR, 97124
Carter Cutlery
503-447-1029 office
503-816-6556 cell

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"Hello my name is Ryan Davenport and I purchased both your knife sharpening videos and both water-stones in Dec. 2008 and a neck knife from you in 2009 and just wanted to say thank you so much for putting out products of such fine quality. I have always wanted to be able to sharpen knives effectively and spent many many hours trying to sharpen knives on my fathers oil stone. The knives would always end up less sharp then they were originally. After watching your knife sharpening videos and applying your techniques to the water-stones you sent me I was able to produce sharpened knives of average quality. After purchasing your neck knife and seeing what the sharpening on your knife was like I gained a greater understanding of how to sharpen and was able to sharpen knives to razor sharp edges. Sharpening your knife was so informative the way the metal would respond to sharpening taught me so much about sharpening.  I'm getting to test my skills at honing a blade today as I recently broke the tip of your neck knife and will have to re hone a new tip. Should have known better than to use my knife like that but its all a learning process. In closing I would like to say Thank You for helping me to achieve my desire of being able to sharpen knifes like a pro and keep up the Great work."

You unbeknownst student,
Ryan Davenport

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