Dear Fellow Blade Enthusiasts,
Winter in Oregon held out until the beginning of July and then, WHAM!
Summer hits us with a vengeance. I say, "Bring it on, I love the heat."
I didn't choose bladesmithing because I'm afraid of the heat; I even
get pleasure standing in front of the roaring forge in the middle of
the hottest summer days. Just give me a couple liters of water to sip
on, and a fresh change of clothes at lunchtime, and you won't hear any
complaints from me. I really do believe God meant for me to be a
bladesmith -- I don't even cry when the cocobolo dust goes up my nose
and in my lungs!
Well, I love to share my knowledge
and enthusiasm for the art of Japanese smithing with my class students.
Recently we conducted another 101 class -- Forging and
Completion of a
Personal Neck Knife. Having taught this class more than all
classes combined, it progressed exceptionally smoothly as was
predicted. The students all made outstanding knives and had a blast
learning as many new skills as we could pack into two days. If you
asked one of them, I'm sure they would tell you that it felt more like
four days of information packed into two. Above is a shot of their
knives and here are some of the guys at work learning. Be sure to look
at this YouTube
video of their impressions as well.
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Our Customers Are Saying...
"Thank you so much for the astounding knife as
well as the great DVDs. The knife is a real masterpiece and I've never
seen anything like it anywhere. I just love it and carry it with me
everywhere I go. You have my deepest respect and gratitude. -- Felix
"I just received the 7.1 Sun Kuro-uchi Funayuki
that I ordered from you. Right out of the box I was amazed by the
superb craftsmanship of this knife. It looks beautiful and feels like a
natural extension of my hand when I hold it. Perfect balance. I own
many Japanese and Western kitchen knives and yours was by far the
sharpest and most balanced knife that I have ever used in the kitchen.
What a difference a truly sharp knife makes when preparing food. I am
100% satisfied by my purchase. Thank you for your prompt delivery and
excellent product. -- SSG Luis Viegas
"I was cutting a tomato for my breakfast this
morning with the knife I made with your extensive help. It cut much
better than any knife I had used previously. I had given it the edge
that it has which means that I can have that knife that sharp forever.
Thank you again and again. The course and you were terrific. If anybody
ever needs convincing to attend any of your courses, please have them
call me. -- Al Reams
|The Old Mill House Inn|
Many of you are wondering where my students stay
while they are attending classes at Carter Cutlery. Although there are
four or five options, ranging from camping to first-class
accommodations, most folks stay at the Old
Mill House Inn. It is a
fantastic bed & breakfast hosted by Brooke and Dave Van Meter.
Dave is a contractor by day and single-handedly remodeled this
historic house. It used to belong to the accountant who worked for the
wood mill that established Vernonia as a town and was the center of its
economy. Unfortunately the mill was closed down in 1957, but its
influence on the town and the people can still be seen and felt
The Old Mill Inn has three rooms for
rent, which are priced from $105 ~ $125/night. Carter Cutlery students
get a special negotiated price of $85/night which includes a
multi-course breakfast that will have you begging for Brooke to stop
bringing more delicious food to you at the breakfast table. I'm lucky
the bladesmithing is as exciting as it is, or I bet we would have
sleepy students nodding off in the shop after breakfast, as their
stomachs worked on digesting that scrumptious food. I love it when a
group of new students come for a class, because Brooke is gracious
enough to have me over to share breakfast with the guys one of the
I am getting really excited about the coming batch
of razors. I made one prototype of a traditional Japanese razor and
then shaved with it. Metallurgically it was fine, but I did make a long
shallow slice in my right cheek (bleeding stopped in a few minutes).
Yeah, I guess the steel is good because I didn't even feel it. The end
of the razor was perfectly square, and the point of that square is what
cut me. I rounded it just a bit to remedy the problem. Maybe I was just
careless, because square-tipped razors are one accepted variation, and
rounded corners are another. Anyhow, I am now just finishing up some
odds and ends around the shop before I start into the razors, so that I
can fully focus on making them. I expect I'll be working on them all
summer. Here is one of the "Odds and Ends" projects I finished this
week. Visit our New
Products page for quite a number of
new additions, including some very nice International Pro series
knives and some gorgeous daggers.
We are putting into place a couple of business
policies to benefit not only Carter Cutlery but our clientele as well.
we are now offering all current US Military and Law Enforcement
personnel 10% off on any and all orders. Just type MLE10 in the Coupon
box at checkout and click Apply to get the discount. Given that
millions of American men and women have served in this capacity at one
time or another, we are offering this discount for current personnel
only (not for retired or discharged personnel). We will require some
form of proof of current status when you order.
new policy concerns drop-in visitors. It is with mixed emotions that I
report that Carter Cutlery is experiencing unprecedented growth in
sales and orders, and all staff members including myself are pressed to
accomplish all that we must do within the time constraints of a regular
workday. As fun as it is to "shoot the breeze" for hours with drop-in
customers during one of our work days, it is difficult for us to
accommodate sudden visitors without cheating our paying customers who
are patiently waiting for their ordered knives to be forged and
completed. Our new policy, therefore, is if you would like to stop
by to personally drop off a knife sharpening job or pick up ordered
merchandise or knives, you are most welcome. However, we will have to
politely turn away curious admirers. We appreciate your consideration
|Bladesmithing School News|
As I mentioned above, our classes keep getting
better and better, and testimonials from former students keep coming in
(see column to the right).
have space available in the following classes. One is coming up real
soon -- join this class on making your very own kitchen knife.
102 - Forging and Completion of
a Stainless Fukugozai Series Kitchen Knife: Aug. 13~14, 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
- 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
Well, enjoy your summer, and I say: "Bring on the
our next email news, stay sharp and may God richly
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