Educational Videos

Why Blades Chip–UPDATED!!     

Murray Carter is back to relaunch his Youtube Channel–starting with a remake of one of his oldest videos, Why Knife Blade’s Chip! This time he’s not just sharing the three most common reasons why a knife blade would chip. We’ve got some up close and personal shots of a blade flexing, chipping, cutting and generally, being abused. (Don’t worry though, everything was quickly re-sharpened! Except for maybe Doug’s knife…) Starting TODAY, we will be posting videos EVERY FRIDAY!! Visit us at to learn more about us, or check out our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to see more shots of knives in action!


FS1 Rough Forging

Follow Murray as he demonstrates how our FS1 knives are forged from a billet of 6mm laminated steel. Some points to pay attention to:

  1. Don’t overheat the steel (never brighter than bright orange)
  2. Be careful that steel on the edges doesn’t fold over onto itself
  3. Forge the tang, then blade, then final forge the tang at low temperature, anneal the tang, final forge the blade at low temperature, then anneal the blade
  4. Remove scale from the billet, then cold forge
  5. Scribe, cut out, straighten, coat in clay, then quench in water
  6. Repeat hundreds of times until successful


Forging an International Pro Kitchen Knife

Follow Murray as he demonstrates how our top-of-the-line International Pro Series knives are forged to shape from a 6mm billet of laminated steel.

An Update On Steel Selection at Carter Cutlery

In the beginning of 2012 Murray decided to focus solely on using Hitatchi White Steel #1 in the interest of mastering it and harnessing it’s full metallurgical potential. 5 years and 5,000 blades later Murray has concluded that the bladesmithing process is more important than the raw materials and he reports on his findings in this video.

Contest Winner Knife Creation POV Kata ha Bowie

FORGE FRIDAY! The wait is over.. we proudly present to you.. the Knife Design Contest winner! In April all of our employees submitted a knife design to be voted on by our social media followers. Nearly 200 of you voted on your favorite design. The runaway winner with 66 votes was number 6, designed by none other than Master Bladesmith Murray Carter. The challenge remained though, to create this knife, and, indeed, Murray was up to the challenge. Measuring in at over 15 inches in length, with a premium ironwood handle, this is undoubtedly an impressive knife. Even more impressive is the fact that Murray has created this bowie-style blade in the 2 layer laminate Kata-ha style. Single beveled on one side and concave ground on the other, it is safe to say this piece is entirely unique, even amongst Murray’s most ambitious projects. The creation of this particular blade posed many challenges that few living bladesmiths could conquer. We filmed the entire process on our GoPro to give everyone a quick look at how a Master Bladesmith works. Thank you to all who voted and participated in this event! We hope you enjoy the video, and, of course, the finished knife.


Carter Cutlery Damascus Steel Maintenance

Carter Cutlery is proud to present the world’s first Practical/Tactical Damascus steel knives. The first of it’s kind, this steel has outer laminates of pure nickel sheet and S25C with a Hitachi white steel core, forged and quenched in pine charcoal and water. This remarkable metal combines S25C is for strength, nickel for ductility, ease of sharpening and rust resistance, and water-quenched white steel for the sharpest edge in the world. For refinishing the Damascus knives, apply PCB Etchant Solution with a toothbrush and leave for one minute before removing with soap and water. The techniques in this video are intended for Damascus steel knives from Carter Cutlery only. Please use them at your own risk.

Finishing – POV – Murray Carter

We strapped a GoPro to Murray Carter, MS, as he was finishing his knives – a step that involves sanding, buffing, and sharpening.

Grinding – POV – Murray Carter

Experience a unique point-of-view and enjoy the hard work that goes into making knives! We strapped a GoPro to Murray Carter, MS, as he was in the forge grinding his knives – an essential step in bladesmithing.

Forge Welding – POV – Murray Carter

Experience a unique point-of-view and enjoy the hard work that goes into making knives! We strapped a GoPro to Murray Carter, MS, as he forge welded billets of steel together.

Damascus Prep – POV – Murray Carter

Experience a unique point-of-view of the hard work that goes into making knives! We strapped a GoPro to Murray Carter, MS, as he prepared billets for making damascus knives.

The Importance of Metallurgy – Murray Carter

The Aviator – Designing the Knife – Murray Carter

The Aviator – The Inspiration Behind the Knife – Murray Carter

Creating the Kajiki

In a collaborative project between Carter Cutlery and KnivesShipFree, Murray Carter shows us what goes into designing, creating, and completing a newly designed knife – The Kajiki. Translated to ‘Blue Marlin’, this blade exhibits exquisite qualities that will make it a highly-prized design in any collection.

Sharpening Techniques While in the Wilderness

Murray explains different techniques to keep your Outdoor Knife Scary Sharp while hiking, camping, or hunting.

Start to Finish – Grinding an Outdoor Knife

Start to finish – Grinding a Kitchen Knife

Follow Murray through the steps he takes to obtain a Scary Sharp edge in this weeks episode from Carter Cutlery! Stay tuned at the end of the video to catch a shaving surprise!

What is Traditional Japanese Bladesmithing?

Murray Carter, 17th Generation Yoshimoto Bladesmith and the world’s only “Gaijin Japanese Bladesmith”, defines what “Traditional Japanese” bladesmithing means to someone who lived and studied in Japan for 18 years as a rural bladesmith.