winter seems finally over and the warm weather is here! I am really
looking forward to getting out in the wilderness this spring and
hitting some trails with my family. Now is the season to put those
sheath knives to the test in the wild. How about you? Do you have any
wilderness adventures planned? We'd love to hear about them, especially
if they included a Carter Cutlery blade.
newsletter we included a link to a new YouTube clip featuring "How
to Make a Kydex Sheath." The response to this video series has
been fantastic. This footage once again demonstrates Murray's
commitment to sharing his hard-earned knowledge with those who are
serious and wise enough to benefit from his generous instruction. That
brings us to our next report on the growing success of Murray's
Traditional Japanese Bladesmithing classes.
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Our Customers Are Saying...
writing to express my appreciation toward the quality and workmanship
that went into the Clave model neck knife which I received today. I had
considered a custom order but was impressed with the design of one of
your in-stock knives and was fortunate enough to be able to purchase
it. The product has thus far exceeded all expectations and should I be
in a position to purchase another or recommend your work to a peer, I
will not hesitate to do so. Thanks!" ---Owen Hardy
met Murray a few years ago at an Oregon Knife Collectors Association
Knife Show. He put on a 35mm slide presentation describing his work as
a knifesmith in Japan. He had and still has the ability to hold
people's interest in a topic as well as teach them. There was not one
person that day that listened to Murray talk about his life and work
that would not have listened on another hour if they had had the chance.
the next year or so, I bought a couple of knives from Murray that
opened my eyes to what a knife could be when it is made with skill and
care. To those who have not experienced that owe it to themselves to
make every effort to meet Murray in person, talk to him, purchase a
knife, and then prepare themselves for an experience.
had an interest in knives for most of my life, and I own around 40 to
50 knives of all styles, ages, etc. But the event that changed my life
(no exaggeration!) was when I purchased Murray's knife sharpening
videos. I watched them probably 10 to 15 times before I ever purchased
some stones and started to sharpen a knife. For the last three years, I
average 13 to 15 hours a week working on the stones. I know this joy
and interest Murray has given me will last the rest of my life.
encourage anyone reading this, if they have any interest at all in
knives, to meet Murray, talk to him even if for only 5 to 10 minutes,
purchase his videos, watch them several times, then go for it. It will
be an eye-opening experience.
"The Knife Show where
I first met
Murray is and will be a great event in my life. My wife, Kathy, and I
go to every show in Oregon, maybe to purchase a Carter Cutlery knife,
but for sure to listen to one of Murray's seminars and say hello to
him." ---Ray Morgan
|Bladesmithing School News|
recent 500 Intensive Six-Day Class (April 5~10) was a smashing success.
What can we say other than just when we think the classes couldn't get
any better, the next class still improves upon the last. We saw some of
the finest knives come out of this class, and every one of the students
elected to quench their own camp knife (optional), and did it with
great results. Murray reports being very proud of the student's hard
work and accomplishments. See their video testimonials and
what they had to say below.
YouTube - Murray
Carter Bladesmithing School Testimonials #4
loved knives as long as I can remember, and I have been using and
collecting custom knives for 10+ years. I found Murray's web
site and immediately knew the kind of quality he achieves through his
careful micro-observation. I became interested in making knives about 6
months ago, and finished 3 knives before attending his 500-level class.
I will never look at knives the same again. Murray has an excellent way
to teach all the skills he uses on a daily basis.
was a very hands on workshop where we started and finished 3 knives
which came out beautifully, with excellent fit and finish. More
importantly, I now have the knowledge to fully design and complete
additional cutlery. I was so impressed not only by Murray, and Shamus
(Murray's apprentice), but also by the way they led us,
taught and the compassion they had for us. Murray taught with
excellence to not only myself, with little knifemaking experience, but
also to two others that had no experience making knives. I am confident
that if someone has a willingness to learn what Murray has to teach,
they will learn.
"I have to say, I learned
everything I was wanting to learn, and more. I will be back in
September for the Damascus Knife workshop, and I cannot wait."
---Russell Montgomery (Inner
found Murray on the Internet while looking for
a knife and came to the course with very little metal working
experience and no knifemaking knowledge. We learned many skills and
enhanced our way of looking at a knife. Murray is a great teacher, very
open and patient, and is willing to share all his knowledge, time, and
energy. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in knife
making things. Shamus (shop assistant) is great. It was all good. Thank
you!" ---Eylon Jaegermann, professional musician
"Murray Carter's 500 class is the best investment
a man that wants to make exceptional cutlery could make. Coming into
the class, I had no experience making knives, but Murray can teach
anyone who can listen. Some of the many things I have learned was how
to look at things in a whole new way; I will never look at anything the
same way again. I can see the flaws in knives that I have never seen
before; this will transform how you look at everything. Also, Murray
taught us how to envision what we want and how to make it happen.
Murray pours all his time into making your class top-notch, and the
class never ends -- around the clock Murray takes the time to make your
stay exceptional. The Old Mill House Inn adds the the experience with
excellent food and a wonderful place to stay. I am already planning my
next trip." ---Patrick Roehrman, electrical technician
|Oregon Knife Collectors Association (OKCA)
past Friday, Saturday and Sunday was the OKCA
show in Eugene, Oregon, 2½ hrs south of Vernonia. The show
was a panacea of opportunities for Carter Cutlery. Murray was once
again one of the guest speakers, addressing a very large crowd on the
topic "Micro Observation of the Blade With the Naked Eye." The
presentation was very much hands-on for those attending, and Murray
shared with them some basic knife viewing skills that he teaches in all
his classes. If you want to read a cool story about what happens at
Murray's presentations and how they can permanently change those in
attendance, read this feedback (in the right-hand column) from one of
our loyal fans, Ray Morgan.
show was well attended and the sales at our table were brisk all three
days. We did note that this year was distinct by the huge interest in
kitchen knives and neck knives. We sold several of our new scissors and
axes as well. We will do our best to complete the extra large batch of
kitchen knives we are working on currently (ETA 1st or 2nd week in May)
to meet the growing demand. We also have extra scissors and axes on
their way from Japan to meet the growing demand there as well.
the show, Murray sourced some scarce handle materials, including
hand-made laminated axe handles that will amaze even the man "who has
everything." We will post some exotic samples soon.
|Murray Off to Japan Again... And
YOU Are Invited!!!|
OKCA show this past weekend, Murray also
responded to an offer for a ten-day visit to Seki City (Japan's export
knife industry center) and Tokyo this coming October. He has been
invited to study with the Shozaburo Shears scissor technicians for one
day while in Tokyo and has been asked to be the director of a series of
promotional videos featuring the unparalleled craftsmanship of the Seki
will be able to take along four travel companions for the trip. Inner
Circle members will be given preference, but any other interested
patrons can contact us for more details. Traveling through Japan with
Murray is an awesome experience, as he knows the language and culture
like a native. Readers will remember what
kind of treasures Murray
finds because of his unique position within
cost of the trip will be actual costs of flights, accommodation and
transportation* plus a gratuity of $2000 to Murray for his services.
You will need to have a current passport and a heart for adventure!.
should be well below "tourist package" rates as we will be traveling
and eating like the natives, comfortably, but without 5-star costly
certainly has to be one of our most exciting
newsletters ever. We sure hope you are enjoying the developments at
Carter Cutlery and share in our excitement. We look forward to hearing
from you soon.
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