New HG and
SFGZ Knives Posted
We have posted some new High Grade
and Stainless Fukugozai kitchen knives on our
Products Page. Click on the image to take a look at these new
postings -- great gift ideas here!
we are still offering our Christmas special of five knives
for the price of four. We have had many customers take
advantage of this special limited offer. See more
details here (under Special Christmas Offer).
The next batch that Murray
is working on includes more than 70 neck knives of all
shapes, sizes, and handle materials, and several larger
camp/survival knives as well. One series Murray is very
excited about is our NEW "Hunter Series" neck knives that
feature stunning high polished blaze orange G-10 handles. The
prototype we made and displayed at the recent Blade Show West in
Portland was the first knife to sell on opening day at the show.
we do not have an RSS feed which notifies our customers when our
website is updated, we'd like to give the opportunity to those of you
who would like such an alert to subscribe to our "Product Update
Alerts." Just click on this email link to make sure you get added to
our Alerts category:
you've been added, whenever we post new additions to our Products Page,
you'll be sent a short email telling you about the new postings,
including a link to get you there quickly. Murray has over 100 new
knives in the works and you'll want to be notified for sure when those
are up for sale online.
for All the Referrals!|
Response to our
latest News Flash has been outstanding. Thank you again to
those who did send us referrals, and a hearty "Welcome!"
to those who are receiving our newsletter for the first time.
the ones who sent us referrals, here are the steps on how to send
in your knives for sharpening:
wrap your knife tightly in several sheets of glossy newsprint (heavier
the knife securely to a piece of heavy cardboard or thin wood a little
larger than the knife's length and width.
another piece of cardboard the same size over the knife and tape the
two cardboard pieces together.
this package into a suitable size box. Write your name, address, phone number and
type of knife on a sheet of paper, as well as any other specific
instructions for the knives (e.g. especially for serrated knives), and
include that in the box. If you know how much the postage will be,
include the same amount in stamps which will be used for returning the
knife to you. Otherwise, wait until you are at the post office to get
the correct postage before sealing the box.
the box to:
known as "the Internet's most popular blog on survival, preparedness,
and self-sufficiency." A little over a week ago we put up our Carter
Cutlery ad on their homepage -- you can see it as it scrolls up on
their website's right-side column. We are amazed at the number of
visits to our website this one little ad has generated. We are even
more amazed at how many hits this website receives in a single week --
over 100,000 unique visits!
we mentioned in a previous
newsletter (under In Their Own Words), these are times of uncertainty, and it is wise to
be prepared by making sure we invest in hard tangible products that
will not lose value.
Arizona Custom Knives is one of
our dealers who offers our knives, and, in fact, we are currently
featured on their homepage. Owned and operated by Julie Hyman, it is
"one of the largest custom handmade and production knife dealers on the
Internet." They also carry knife care waxes and oils, knife
cases and boxes, and a number of gift ideas. Take a look at
what they have.
you don't see the Carter knife you're looking for on our Products Page,
hop on over to Arizona Custom Knives and you just might find what
you've been hunting for.
|To Serrate or Not to Serrate|
knives are very common, and as such, are not given much thought. The
cutlery industry has duped the consumer into believing that serrated
knives are normal. In actuality, serrated knives are
inferior in many ways to straight-edged knives, the details
of which I'd like to discuss.
There are many
criteria for good performing blades, such as edge-holding ability, edge
sharpness and durability, but the most important
criteria is "sharpenability," or articulated another way, how
easy the knife is to sharpen. Even a blade forged from the best steel
in the world will dull through use, and being able to quickly and
efficiently sharpen the edge back to it's original sharpness is a great
Serrations are typically added to knives of
inferior metallurgy to make them cut more aggressively or are added to
pocket knives to make them look "cool" or intimidating. However, they
greatly complicate the sharpening process. Quick and
efficient sharpening is no longer possible on a serrated knife.
for the cutting applications of serrated knives, here are the only two
tasks which serrated knives will out-perform a properly
sharpened straight-edged blade:
bread straight out of the oven (only if you bake bread at home because
after 20-30 minutes all bread crust becomes softer, and is best cut
with a non-serrated blade)
steak or other meats on a ceramic plate
what you have seen on "Ginsu" commercials or read or heard in urban
legends, there are no other cutting tasks which are not performed
better with a properly sharpened straight-edged
So what is a properly sharpened blade? It is a
blade that has appropriate edge geometry for the cutting task at
hand, a blade that will shave hair from the arm AND
have microteeth that will slice into either a tomato skin or
fibrous material (like rope) with abandon.
you respond to our FREE KNIFE SHARPENING OFFER and
send your knives in to be sharpened, be sure to indicate whether you
want me to grind the serrations off your knife or whether you want to
keep them. For more about what to do with serrations, see my Advanced Knife Sharpening DVD.
our next email news,
Sharp and may God richly bless you!
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