Muteki Apprentice Program

To be considered for entry in the Carter Cutlery Apprentice Program, you must first agree to set aside three months of your time during which you will work 40 hours a week without the expectation of making a living wage. Search your soul or consult with your family to make sure you will have the necessary emotional and financial means to undertake this process.

Although a Carter Cutlery apprenticeship is a non-compensated position, the apprentice would be entitled to 50% of the profits of any sale-worthy blade he/she makes within the first three months of learning to become a bladesmith.

The sale price of a blade contains a fixed cost that covers the overhead, equipment and materials. Anything above this amount is considered the profit.

The qualities necessary to successfully complete the Carter Cutlery Apprentice Program are self-regulation, a passion to learn, self-motivation, and the ability to respectfully seek out and honor the advice given by the journeymen smiths working above them. Apprentices should take the time to observe first before asking questions, but they should never leave anything unasked in order to prevent costly errors and damage to tools and equipment. If you don’t understand how to use a machine, ask and verify.

Technical questions should be addressed to Murray Carter or journeymen smiths but questions about work flow or those of a personal nature can be directed to the front office.

The first time you perform each step in the forging process, using new equipment or supplies, and executing new processes, you must get permission from Murray Carter or a journeyman. Thereafter, the apprentice may utilize the tools or undertake the processes without seeking permission.

New apprentices are required to fill out respirator use certificates. Carter Cutlery will pay for the required certification, but each apprentice must arrive on the first day of work with their own respirator, work gloves, hearing protection, and safety goggles.

A background check will be performed on all prospective apprentices.

A monthly review during the first three months of an apprenticeship will encompass feedback from journeymen smiths and Murray Carter on aptitude and attitude. If the apprentice creates disharmony in the shop or exhibits behavior that is a health and safety hazard to others, he or she will be dismissed immediately. All standard drug use policies in the industry will apply. Personal hygiene is essential in a small shop where we work in close quarters. Warnings will be issued and termination will result if repeated offences are observed.

At the end of three months, a peer review will take place to determine whether or not that apprentice will secure a permanent position. If at any time the majority of the established bladesmiths vote against the tenure of the apprentice, he/she will be asked to leave during the initial three month period for performance related issues.

At the end of every fiscal month, the sale of all blades will be tallied, printed out and given to the apprentice so that he/she can see what amount, if any, he will receive from the aforementioned 50/50 split profit from the sale of any apprentice-made blade.

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A graduate from the Carter Cutlery Apprentice Program is considered a journeyman smith.

A senior journeyman smith has completed 5 years or 3,000 blades.

Senior Journeyman: Taylor Shields

Journeymen: Ryan Cavallo, Shamus Dotson, Chloe Kim, Adam Andrews, Cory Pulliam