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Hello friends,

The 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.

Last 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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What Our Customers Are Saying...

"I'm 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


"I 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.

"Over 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.

"I have 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.

"I 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

Apr 2010 500 class

The 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 read what they had to say below.

YouTube - Murray Carter Bladesmithing School Testimonials #4

"I have 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.

"This 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 Circle member), Starbucks manager

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"I 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

Apr 2010 500 Class knives

Oregon Knife Collectors Association (OKCA) Show Report

This 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.

The 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.

At 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!!!

At the 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 City cutlers.

Murray 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 their culture.

The 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!.

* Costs should be well below "tourist package" rates as we will be traveling and eating like the natives, comfortably, but without 5-star costly luxuries.

This 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.


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

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