are just back from the world's premier cutlery event -- the Blade Show
in Atlanta, Georgia. What a show! This year marks a new chapter in the
history of Carter Cutlery as we moved from a cramped 6-foot show table
to a large booth with five tables and room to spare. Our new company
logo banner TanSouNin hung proudly on the
wall behind to
announce our location, and this year all the our staff were wearing new
logo T-shirts making us readily identifiable. Of course, the hanging
neck knives were quite distinctive, too.
year we debuted several new products which were very well received by
our customers. They included a new line-up of custom-made exotic
hardwood kitchen knife blocks, custom-made maple and ebony laminate
cutting boards, our Japanese Shozaburo scissors, premier Japanese axes
and logo T-shirts.
Murray was once again a guest
demonstrator/lecturer at the show and successfully shaved volunteer
Troy von Kutzleben's head with a koshinata in front of a crowd to raise
awareness for a special disease called Alopecia Areata. We'll be
posting a YouTube video on that soon. Be sure to subscribe to
our YouTube channel so you'll know when that clip has been uploaded.
following that demo, Murray rushed to another room where they were
waiting for him so that they could get an informal kitchen knife
cutting competition underway. Murray, equipped with a 9-sun SFGZ
Funayuki, diced and sliced his way to a decisive victory over
competitors from Buck Knives, Boker and Benchmade knives. While the
knife was easily up to the task, Murray, who almost never cooks, is not
resting easy on this victory and has resolved to spend some time with a
kitchen knife in his hand to practice up for next years official
version of this competition.
honored to have a special visit from Tim McCalla and his dad. Many of
you might remember that Tim worked in our office and sales department
before Wes, our current assistant, came on board. Tim is a dear friend
and we were happy to visit with him.
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Our Customers Are Saying...
recently purchased your Advanced
Knife Sharpening Techniques DVD. I am an avid knife
collector/restorer, full time classic car restorer/mechanic, and
amateur chef. A long time pet peeve of mine was that most of my friends
and family did not own one sharp knife in their whole house or garage.
They stored them in overfilled draws and rusty old tool boxes.
now, I have been sending my knifes to a
very good old timer professional. At his urging and todays economy, I
decided to learn this art for myself.
reading many articles and watching numerous
YouTube clips, I was throughly confused. Your DVD was so well put
together, with attention to basics and detail as to make this process
understandable. So many of these articles kept talking about
flipping over the curl and honing again. Your demonstration of removing
the curl by running the knife edge on wood made the most
sense. Too many of these videos were just a chance for the
star to show off and offered little practical help. Your teaching
ability is first class.
you so much for a quality teaching aid.
I've signed up for your knife tips and made your web site one of my
favorites. -- Joe Miller
I received my Alaskan Skinner. I'm so impressed! I've had a few good
knives, every one intensely used -- Randall, Mad Dog, Bob Dozier, Chris
Reeve, Strider, Fallkniven -- but yours is the sharpest knife I've ever
seen. It is also very very beautiful, and I love the blade geometry and
how it feels in hand. Now it is my favorite knife!" -- Ricardo
"I wish you provided customer service lessons to
corporations. I will be a lifelong customer of your products. Your
organization is so personable and professional -- that is how I want
all my employees to act. Thank you for everything." -- Bill Bertoncin
|New Bladesmithing Class 402|
Blade Sharpener Intensive Instruction
to frequent inquiries for a class to teach enthusiasts how to become
professional sharpeners and how to run such a business, Murray has
created a new class called "402 Professional Blade Sharpener Intensive
In this three-day course, the students
taught how to approach blade sharpening challenges with experience and
expertise, and by class completion, will be able to sharpen and
refurbish tools and blades to a professional level and charge full
market value for their time and effort. Secret tips on how to profit
from professional sharpening will also be taught, and students will get
a unique insight to the business success of Carter Cutlery. This course
requires the student to pass a final test to graduate, and upon
graduation will receive an official Certificate of Achievement.
techniques will include:
* condition/ damage
assessment of blades
* rust removal
* straightening/ truing
* wrapping for delivery
Lecture topics will include:
* how to set up a work station
* how to run a sharpening service as a business
* going rates for services
how to manage time
* how to
market sharpening skills
Prerequisite: Admission by
Tuition: $3500, limited to four students
These are the upcoming scheduled classes:
- Forging and Completion of
a Personal Neck Knife: June 18~19, 2010
102 - Forging and Completion of
a Stainless Fukugozai Series Kitchen Knife: Aug. 20~21, 2010
500 - Intensive Six-Day Class:
August 30 ~ Sept. 4, 2010
- Forging and Completion of an International Pro Series Chef's Knife:
Sept. 9~11, 2010 (NOTE: DATE CHANGED FROM OCTOBER 7~9 BECAUSE OF TRIP
- Forge Welding and Completion of a Damascus Steel Knife: Sept. 20~25,
- Professional Blade Sharpener Intensive Instruction; Oct 21~23, 2010
101 - Forging and Completion of
a Personal Neck Knife: Oct 29~30, 2010
201 - Forging and Completion of
a Camp Knife: Nov. 18~20, 2010
|New Video Series -- Recruiting Help|
are planning to film and market a new, and much needed, video series in
the next few months. Filming will likely be conducted at several major
cities across the US, and take about one month to complete the project.
We are looking for a small, professional film crew who would like to
participate in this venture. Rather than simply hire a local crew who
are indifferent to the subject matter, we would rather work with a few
individuals who have a passion for cutlery, and who are motivated by
more than just "making the rent."
Judging from the
of our Sharpening DVD sets, this new series should prove to be best
sellers, not only in the cutlery industry but in the culinary industry
as well, which is hundreds times larger than the custom cutlery market.
Come be an integral part of this exciting project. Call Murray directly
at 503-816-6556, or email him at email@example.com.
has done it again with his face shaving
extravaganzas -- shaving with a 21-inch sword. This entry has received
the most positive reaction we've ever had. Be sure to check out "Shaving
with a 21" Sword."
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