Video: Inside Carter Cutlery

Image courtesy Carter CutleryMurray Carter isn’t a self-taught prodigy with a blast furnace, hammer, and grinding wheel. The Canadian bladesmith apprenticed in Japan for years before bringing his decades of knowledge to one of America’s great centers of high-end knifemaking in Portland, Oregon. This knife is Carter’s $350 Kiridashi.

Portland film production company Cineastas recently put together this video about Carter’s history and philosophy. I’d love to get Murray Carter and Ethan Becker around a table together; their different experiences and philosophies would be a knife enthusiast’s version of My Dinner With Andre. But there would be no cold potato soup if Becker did the cooking, because the noted knife designer is also the former editor of The Joy Of Cooking.



  1. Aharon says:

    Very interesting design and it sorta appeals to me. I would need to hold and cut with the knife before I could give an up or down opinion about it. At $35o it is not in my knife budget. I will have to stick with buying Beckers.

  2. jwm says:

    looks like a jailhouse shiv.

  3. Paul B says:

    Does that. Kind of like a hold out knife or a last stand piece. Not sure I would put 350 into something like that even if I could. Might be very sharp, but not very safe.

    1. Chris Dumm says:

      I’m far from an expert on Japanese blade styles, but Carter’s kiridashi resembles the sasakiri knife that Chef Masa uses at Uchi Sushi. Sounds like it might be worth its own article someday.

  4. Daniel says:

    Sweet video and pretty sweet knives as well.

  5. Aharon says:


    If you are going to buy this knife you can send it to me for trial in the kitchen.

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