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October 1, 2009

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Hello Patrons, Fellow Knife Enthusiasts, Brothers and Sisters!

As you have come to expect from Carter Cutlery, things just keep getting better and more exciting. We have a great line-up of news articles for you in this letter. Kick back and enjoy a few minutes of reading, and be sure to click on the NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO posted just this week.

New Damascus Knives Posted

We've got a very nice line-up of Damascus Neck Knives, Whitecranes and assorted Outdoor Knives for you to take a look at on our New Products page. Feel free to email us any questions you may have about any of these spectacular creations.

Carter Cutlery Now Incorporated
As of September 1, 2009, Carter Cutlery transitioned from a sole proprietorship to an Incorporated Company. We are now known as Carter Cutlery Company, DBA Carter Enterprises. This change will allow us to grow and expand as the demand rises, and ultimately will allow us to better serve the needs of our customers. Incorporating also is a very important step towards establishing our dream facility of the future where we can forge the very best knives possible and hold awesome bladesmithing classes in an environment unlike any other on earth. When the time is right, I will unveil my detailed plans about our future super facility.
Japanese Bladesmithing School News

Last week we once again held our 500-level class, a six-day intensive course where the students start and complete three knives during their study. With each class, the level of instruction just gets better and better. Read what the students had to say below, or better yet, watch their testimonials here.

Dear Murray:

I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for aterrific experience. I had never made a knife prior to attending the course. I can't believe that I came away with three magnificent knives that I forged and finished with my own hands. Not knowing the first thing about bladesmithing, I could not have done it without your help. In fact, I would not have even attempted it.

Having been a neck knife customer, I have truly grown to appreciate its usefulness. While I own a couple, I usually only use one of them, and it gets a lot of use. So much so, that my three-year daughter often asks, "Daddy, do you have your neck knife so that you can cut this flower for me? ...or this string?" She has yet to ask me to gut a deer, but I know the neck knife could stand up to the job. Because of its usability and ease of maintenance I have become a one-knife guy. The only knife that would be better is one that I made myself. So it looks as though even my handy Persian will be retired for my Wharncliffe Brute that is perfectly sized and finished for my hand by my hand. As good as you are, somehow, the one I made fits my hand better.

The forge welding of the kitchen knife really helped to bring the concept of superior metallurgy home. The kitchen knives that we made will probably be the most used in our kitchens. The Damascus steel demonstration was icing on the cake. Thanks for taking the time and considerable effort required to show us how this mystical process works. I can't wait to come back and take the Damascus course now!

The design and construction of our own camp knives really helped us to understand the practicalities of knife making. It also gave us an appreciation of how challenging it is to create a design that truly works in the real world. We all came in with our preconceived notions of what would make a blade perfect for us. Your sage advice helped us to tailor the design into something that was possible, rather than just a fantasy. So my next moose will be no match for my new super skinner. Thanks.

I mentioned before that I typically only use one of your knives; the others I just admire for their beauty. Why is it that I have knives that I don't use? It is because I have always been fearful of scratching the blades and marring their beauty. Silly really! Nonetheless, the part of the class that deals with sharpening and polishing blades was probably the most useful because it will allow me to actually use my knives and then have the confidence to get them back into shape for the next task. My daily-use knife is sharper than I have ever been able to get it, and it looks better than it did new. It looks like it actually has been used!

Even with all that I learned about knives over the week, I am most thankful for the time that I was able to spend with my uncle during the course. As you said, it would be a great opportunity to share some father-son special moments. I can't think of a better way to forge and temper a relationship. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and was amazed at what he was able to accomplish. For an old guy, he did pretty good.

I also wanted to thank you for your friendship and fellowship. While I have been a long-standing customer and you have always treated us with the utmost respect and superior customer service, your hospitality during our visit was beyond the call of duty. You could have easily kept to the course schedule and we would have gotten what we paid for, but your efforts to address our individual interests made it a one-of-a-kind experience. Thank you.
Troy von Kutzleben, Financial Advisor 

I have been interested in knives for a very long time.However, I have very little mechanical skill. If it had not been for my nephew's insistence, I probably would have been too intimidated to attend Murray's 500-level class.
I knew that we were supposed to make three knives, andI doubted, based on my lack of ability, that I would come away with anything useful. Now, six days later, I have three excellent hand-forged knives, one of which is worthy to be passed on from generation to generation. I have gained knowledge that will empower every edged tool purchase I make in the future.
I heartily recommend Murray's courses for anyone with even a moderate interest in knives.
Al Reams, Business Coach
The next class scheduled is 201 - Forging and Completion of a Camp Knife. See the details here. The dates are November 5~7, 2009, ONLY ONE MONTH AWAY!
We have just one spot left for thisexciting class, so call me immediately (503-816-6556) if you are interested in attending. We can accommodate you if you are the first to call right away.

Testing Knives To Destruction,
and Creating Blades From Scratch
Just to see if my knives were still up to snuff, I revisited an old hobby of mine and torture-tested a brand new neck knife until I finally destroyed it. Having finally broken the blade I was able to examine the internal grain structure of the Hitachi steel, and was pleased to notice the absence of visible grains. It was a smooth gray surface; no doubt the steel in that blade would have served a customer well for decades.
Until our next email news,

Stay Sharp and may God richly bless you!
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