back into the full swing of things in and around the knife shop now
that the Carter family is back from a two-week vacation on the East
Coast. The occasion for such a long journey with all four kids was a
long overdue family reunion which was held in Nova Scotia, Canada,
where Murray was born and raised until the age of 18. It is also the
place where Murray met his wife 17 years ago. As fun and exciting such
a trip for the family can be, we are very glad to be back home and
resuming our life as normal.
the unexpected highlights of the trip was an opportunity to meet with a
Carter Cutlery customer in Danbury, CT. There, Murray personally hand
delivered a very special knife made from over 100,000 layers of
"tamahagane" sword steel. The blade has stunningly beautiful mammoth
ivory scales and an inscription on the reverse side, "Matt 6:33,"
Murray's favorite Bible verse. The knife was for a very special
recipient who had recently given his life to the Lord and who got
baptized the day of the knife delivery.
fall promises to be busy with over six Traditional Japanese
Bladesmithing classes scheduled. The most recent class, 102
Forging and Completion of a Stainless Fukugozai Kitchen Knife,
was a fantastic success. Read here what one of the students had to say
about the course:
came to this class with a fair amount of background knowledge in
blacksmithing and laminated toolmaking from my hobby of making and
using Japanese woodworking tools. I had wanted to try making
kitchen-style knives, but had had several botched attempts of my own,
which led me to attend one of Murray's classes.
The class was
small -- actually only me -- and this allowed me to complete two knives
in the two-day class. Murray's teaching and demonstration style is
wonderful -- he points out important processes and tips along the way
and corrections to make when necessary.
I learned much more than
how to make a kitchen knife. I learned power hammer technique, fire
maintenance, heat treating tips, sharpening and straighteningskills --
all of which I can apply to my other toolmaking efforts.
Overall, it was a fabulous class! I would recommend it to anyone
interested in knifemaking or toolmaking in general.
--- Dave Burnard, PhD Astrophysics; Senior Software Engineer, Adobe
see more about this specific class along with some class photos here
classes are as follows:
- Intensive Six-Day Class: August 30 ~ Sept. 4, 2010
202 - Forging and Completion of
an International Pro Series Chef's Knife: Sept. 9~11, 2010
302 - Forge Welding and
Completion of a Damascus Steel Knife: Sept. 20~25, 2010
402 - 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
of the Tube
uploaded more YouTube videos for your viewing pleasure -- Murray
Carter Koshinata Head Shave For benefit of the NAAF
and the above-mentioned Bladesmithing
School Testimonial #6. I think you will agree to
the uniqueness of the Bladesmithing School Testimonial because Dave
came to the class with an amazing amount of knowledge and experience in
Japanese Bladesmithing and still learned more than he expected. If you
have any suggestions or requests for new videos, please contact us with
your questions and ideas.
The custom razors you have all been waiting for
are finally underway. Expect announcements on their availability in the
next two newsletters.
By the way, the customer who bought Murray's first
Japanese razor had this to say: "I received your razor a couple of days
ago and it is a ripper. I have used it since it arrived and it is very
comfortable to use. I feel very privileged to be the person who gets to
use the prototype razor you made."
are happy to announce our new hardwood cutting boards complete with
Carter Cutlery logo. These are the same cutting boards Murray used when
he won a kitchen knife cutting competition at the Blade Show in
Atlanta, Georgia, last June (see
June 10 newsletter).
boards are hand-crafted from the finest tiger stripe maple and sapele
mahogany wood for decades of use. They are available in two sizes: 12"
X 23" and 12" x 18" and are ready
for immediate sale here on our website, retailing
for $149 and $129 respectively. If you haven't already, be sure to also
take a look at our professional
knife blocks for sale.
Well, enjoy the rest of your summer, and until
our next email news, stay sharp and may God richly bless you!
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Our Customers Are Saying...
main reason I am buying a Carter knife is not only because of your
amazing videos, but from what customers have to say -- I have never
heard one negative about any of your knives in any review that I've
"My friend's knife just arrived that he bought from your website. I
have done research on your work but have never handled your knives.
This is probably the most beautifully designed and sharpest knives I
have ever held. I was truly shocked at the sharpness and it shaved the
hair off my face no less efficiently than my new razor. You deserve
that compliment for your work, Murray. Thanks again!" -- Mitchell
got my water stones and DVD's in yesterday evening and I am very happy
with everything! Stones are doing great with all my knives and the
DVD's are very helpful. Thank you very much once again for the items. I
couldn't have asked for better. Very thankful and very pleased!" --
really good work, my friend, and I really admire your giving back with
your videos which I am enjoying immensely. I've been watching your
videos on sharpening and was seriously impressed when you improvised
with a cinder block and finished on cardboard! That, my friend, is true
mastery and proves the rule that it isn't the tools that make the
master!" -- Randy Wiggins
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