Knifemaking Rabbi is a Master at crafting and using steel

Having grown up on the east-side of Cleveland, Ohio, I am more than casually familiar with the traditions of Orthodox Judaism – at least by Tennessee standards. There is a sizable population in Cleveland Heights and neighboring communities. Families walking to Friday evening services were a common site, as were Jewish-owned bakeries, butcher-shops, tailors, and […]

Documentary tells the secrets of Wootz Damascus steel

The most common search engine phrase drawing organic visitors to TTAK is “What is Damascus Steel?”. Will Woods’ “Ask a Knifemaker: The Truth About Damascus Steel” is the most common landing page for that search, with just shy of 300k page views all time. Reader JA left a comment on that post yesterday, linking a […]

Strict Apprenticeship causing shortage of Japanese Swordsmiths

FORGE FRIDAY! So you think you want to be a swordsmith apprentice, huh? Try four years of constant pine charcoal cutting before you ever get to hammer hot steel! #apprentice #knifemaking #cartercutlery #artisan #knifemaker #mastersmith #murraycarter #knife #knives #commitment #knivesofinstagram #knifestagram #knifecommunity #knifeplanet #knifefans #bladesmith #handforged #forged #staysharp #bladesmithing A post shared by Carter Cutlery […]