First of all, I want to personally thank each one of you who called, sent email and letters expressing concern for our loved ones in Japan after the tsunami disaster struck there last month. Directly, none of our relatives were affected and all are safe and sound. However, this has been such a massive blow to Japan that in actuality, everyone there is negatively impacted. Considering the fact that a majority of Japan's population is over 50 years old and that they have been in a recession since the nineties, this blow couldn't have come at a worse time. Electricity, food and gas is being rationed, which further hampers industry and rebuilding. I fear that several bastions of high tech industry, which were already at risk of being lost to Taiwan, Korea or Mainland China will indeed lose some ground to those countries, further reducing Japan's ability to spring back.
We are fervently praying for the Japanese and encourage others to do what they can do for them as well.
Again, thank you for your heartfelt concern.
We have been extremely busy trying to replenish our stock of knives after the sell-out sale last November. We've also managed to fill several orders recently as well. However, perhaps the best news is that I have finally put the finishing touches on the Western folding razors and Japanese razors I have been working on, and they will be debuted at this weekend's Eugene Knife Show. Thank you kindly to all of you who have been waiting patiently for their completion.
We're currently producing the fifth part in the 2010 Tour of Japan. This newest installment will feature the events surrounding the 2010 Seki Outdoor Knife Show as well as a demonstration of Traditional Japanese sword forging by local bladesmiths. All of this, including expert advice on sharpening, knife care, and other aspects of cutlery can be found on our new YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/user/CarterCutlery! Click this link to subscribe for the most up to date videos news from Murray! We'll see you there!
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Japanese Bladesmithing School
We conducted a 500 Intensive six day class two weeks ago. We enjoyed full attendance and the class was a tremendous success. The students each completed three beautiful knives and learned lots of highly useful skills. The class discussions also brought forth the need to offer a couple a new classes which we will highlight in the next newsletter. Read what the students had to say here:
"The thing most impressive to me is the man, Murray Carter, himself, on several levels. First of all, the man knows knives - end of story. I don't believe there is a single thing that you will be able to stump Murray on. He does everything on purpose, with a purpose, his experience at his work is almost overwhelming. Secondly, Murray's charisma is catchy. It is impossible to be less than totally caught up in his excitement to teach you how to make your knife."
"Carter Cutlery has been extremely accommodating. Specific gourmet meals were available upon request and sleeping arrangements were more than satisfying. The staff were more than just staff because they were family and friends. I was offered free chauffeur service to wherever I needed to go and Murray and company were all very personable and knowledgeable in many areas. I would highly recommend future students to take the bunkhouse for a number of reasons: very low rates for a bed, kitchen, and convenience. Bonuses include companionship with staff and other students, and excellent family style breakfasts. As far as the actual class goes, Murray truly is an expert in his field. He explains complete processes simply and without unnecessary jargon. Every step of the knife-making process is broken down into manageable portions and made to look easy. I came into the course with very little knowledge of bladesmithing and made three beautiful, highly functional knives in only five days. I would highly recommend this course to anybody with an interest in making knives and the means to take it."
"I highly recommend the class to anybody who wants a greater understanding of Japanese Bladesmithing."
Until our next email news, stay sharp and may God richly bless you!