Our Clearance and Seconds Sale of last week was a
great success. Fourteen of the 18 items offered sold in the first 24 hours.
Many recipients of the knives contacted me to to express their
satisfaction with the knives they bought. In the case of the "seconds"
knives, the customers had to really play detective to see the faults
that I had found with them. All in all it was a great event, and if we
end up with some more 'seconds' in the future, we may do it again. Congratulations to all who scored
one of the great bargains!
Cutlery in the Magazines
There have been several articles on Murray Carter
and his work that have been published recently in well-known knife
magazines. The articles do contain some factual errors, but they are
mostly minor. Though copyright prevents us from displaying the articles
in entirety, we encourage you to obtain copies via the website links
The August 2008 issue of Blade
magazine has a good review of Murray's "Advanced Blade Sharpening
Techniques" on page 96. There has been such a good
response to this article, as well as from what we've posted on YouTube,
that Murray is considering filming another DVD to explain more
questions on knife sharpening that have come up.
Also from the publisher of Blade magazine is
Annual Knives 2009, known as "the most respected knife
book in the world." On pages 36-40 is an article by our good friend,
Hovey Smith, entitled, "Schooled
in the Ways of the Samurai," in which Hovey takes the
reader on a brief journey through a 5-day bladesmithing course that
Murray taught earlier this year. You can read the entire article by clicking on the image below and ordering this
Hovey Smith more recently wrote an article on
Carter Cutlery which appeared in the October 2008 issue of Knife World
(pages 22-27), entitled "Japanese
vs. Western Blademaking." It is filled with interesting
comments and observations on the various processes of knifemaking which
came out of Hovey's conversations with Murray, and more specifically,
Hovey's own hands-on experience in making a neck knife.
are always thrilled when our readers and customers send us their
comments and reactions to our products. Chuck Gollnick has sent us his
thoughts on value and quality products, and we thought we'd share them
all we hear is that the
dollar is losing value. It's losing value against the yen.
It's losing value against the pound. Yes, yes. But, it's also losing
value against a gallon of gas, a pound of sugar, and even the common kitchen knife.
It's called inflation, and it's a powerful reason to buy good quality
products that will last.
cheap, imported kitchen knife bought today at a big-box retailer for
fifteen dollars will cost over twenty dollars ten years from now,
assuming just three percent annual inflation. Similarly, a Murray Carter knife
that sells for $150 today will be over $200 ten years from now. But,
rising fuel prices mean that it's costing more and more to bring
imported goods to American markets, and rising standards of living all
over the world are causing prices on imported goods to rise faster than
inflation. As for Murray Carter knives, they're gaining such a great
reputation that their prices will also rise faster than inflation.
how can one profit off of this? A cheap knife will probably have to be
replaced in just a few years, and every few years thereafter. Each time
it has to be replaced -- every few years -- the next one will cost more
than the last one did. But, a
Murray Carter knife in household use will last for decades.
The Murray Carter knife bought today in 2008-dollars will still be
serving you in 2038. Yes, in 2038 you'll be using a knife bought for
2008 dollars! Quality costs more initially, but it actually returns a
profit over the long run.
"Buy quality and
you'll only cry once.
"Chuck Gollnick, Engineer"
Thanks, Chuck, for those very
practical remarks. We agree heartily that investing in a
quality product is never a bad idea. We also feel that it is important
in this floundering economy to change
deflating dollars into hard tangible products that can be
used or bartered when the need arises. High performance cutlery
is a great tangible asset that everybody needs for day-to-day living.
we get customers calling who buy several knives from us, usually
kitchen knives, to give to their friends and relatives for Christmas.
We are always happy for this business. We feel that this year,
especially given the current economic challenges, we should offer
something back to our loyal patrons. For this year's Special Christmas
Offer, to each customer who buys four knives at one time, we'll include
one extra knife for free,
equal in value to the least expensive of the four purchased. This is
essentially a "Buy Five
for the price of Four" offer. Offer valid until December
Until our next email news,
Stay Sharp and may God richly bless you!
Vernonia, OR 97064
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