The last few months have been a tumultuous time for much our nation, and the world. Our hearts go out to all those affected across the nation, particularly in Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama. We've seen the weather continue to have a devastating effect on the Southern states, and we pray daily for safety over the citizens located in these areas.
We'd also like to continue to ask that you keep the people of Japan in your prayers as news continues to develop daily.
In a continued effort to give the most detailed sharpening advice, Murray shows us how to sharpen our knives with a convex edge on a waterstone, instead of the more common mousepad method. All of this, including expert advice on sharpening, knife care, and other information can be found on our new YouTube Channel!
We've also finished production on the newest video in our 2010 Japan Tour series. This newest video shows the adventures that happened while visiting the Seki Knife Show. If you have any questions or there is a specific video you'd like to see, please don't hesitate to contact us, or Click here to subscribe for the most up to date videos news from Murray! We'll see you there!
Carter Cutlery Traditional
Japanese Bladesmithing School
In addition to being the busiest month for the Bladesmithing School to date, this month also saw the first ever 402 - Professional Blade Sharpener Course, as well! In this course we had three students join Murray for three days of intense study in the field learning how to sharpen an assortment of items, refurbishing tools, and other aspects of running your own sharpening service. You can read about each of these students experience, or watch a short YouTube video of the students below.
"My name is PJ McGreen, New York City Firefighter. I flew in from N.Y to take Murray Carters 402 Advanced Sharpening Class. Murray Carter was very informative about any questions I had before and during the class. I was very impressed with his complete knowledge of sharpening and knife metallurgy. I chose to stay in the bunkhouse and the stay was excellent and the food was A+. I would highly recommend taking one of Murray Carter's classes if you are interested in becoming a knife sharpener. I think the class should have been 4 days instead of 3 because we could have been able to sharpen more knives and tools and pass the class."
New York Firefighter
"My name is Frank. I have just taken Murray Carter's Intensive Blade Sharpening Course 402. The information and inspiration combined made for a very enjoyable experience. Murray takes you through the process of knife making giving you the knowledge and ability to look for and diagnose problems, giving you the confidence to put a professional edge on a variety of knives and tools. I feel I have the confidence to be on my way to starting and growing my own Blade Sharpening business."
"The following will attempt to convey my thoughts regarding what intangible and tangible benefits that I received by taking the Murray Carter Professional Sharpening Course 402."
Purpose of Course:
To expose me to the foundational skills necessary to become a very competent sharpener
The foundational skills include; but not limited to: following the six steps of good sharpening practice, developing atypical visual and observational skills and habits, developing the necessary skills and the various ways to develop both a secondary and primary edge. Also, that there are many ways to approach and solve a sharpening problem
Course 402 attempts to provide the framing to be an outstanding sharpener:
The highest chance of obtaining "top shelf" training is to expose yourself to someone who has already climbed the ladder that I now desire to climb
It will be up to me to take this training and apply it regularly and routinely
The 402 Professional Sharpening Course provides guidance on how to develop a professional looking product to customers:
Polishing sharpened items with equipment such as:
Packaging and delivery of sharpened items to clients... be it next door or a thousand miles away
Basic marketing suggestions as a discussion topic
Jack McCarty, CPA
Currently, Murray is finishing our first of two full six-day 500 - Intensive Bladesmithing Class for the month of May, and what a fantastic class it has been thus far! We've seen the completion of four incredible neck knives already, and soon we'll see the completion of the students own designed outdoor knives. If these knives turn out like the students neck knives, Carter Cutlery may have to worry about future competition!
New Bladesmithing Class
We're also very excited to announce the beginning of a brand new class! Inspired by our students that have completed the class and have now begun to setup their own shops, this new class will teach students how to forge their own knives without the use of a Japanese power hammer or a revolving waterstone. This class is truly geared towards the hobbyist who wants to establish a shop in their backyard using commonly accessible tools. So if this class sounds like it would be perfect for you, please don't hesitate to give Murray a call at (503) 816-6556, and ask him about the newest 501 - Basic Tool Intensive Six-Day Course!
Until our next email news, stay sharp and may God richly bless you!
ABS Master Bladesmith
17th Generation Yoshimoto Bladesmith
"Just wanted to thank you for posting that video on Youtube regarding
convex edge sharpening,just tried it on a new Svord Peasant knife with
carbon steel, they come horribly sharpened after all it's only a 12
dollar knife, I used a combination 1,000-6,000 grit Japanese synthetic
water stone and although I still haven't perfected leaving the blade
fully polished I left my edge fully convexed and hair shaving sharp
beyond my wildest results on other blades or steels, Thank you so much
and Your work is truly appreciated.