Video: Carter Cutlery and the History of the Yoshimoto Bladesmiths

I have to admit that I am a Carter Cutlery fanboy. This despite not actually owning one of his knives – yet. One of his Muteki kitchen knives is on my short list for acquisition at the Blade Show. I am not certain that I will pull the trigger, though I am getting close.

Murray Carter is Canadian by birth, but he spent more than 20 years of his life in Japan. He began as an apprentice and eventually earned his Master’s stamp, becoming a 17th generation Yoshimoto Bladesmith, a lineage that can trace its roots back more than 400 years.

This is not a subject that I know much more about other than what I have watched here and what I read when reviewing Carter-san’s book: “Bladesmithing with Murray Carter“. – a fine book that I recommend to both those wishing to learn about forging knives in general, and the history and techniques of Japanese knifemaking in particular. There is one anecdote from the video that jumped out at me and that is the story of how Murray would travel around Japan and focus on styles that an individual region was known for.

I am dedicating this post to Josh, my client from Friday morning. He found me through the Orvis Store in Sevierville, without making a connection to my work on the blog. When we were discussing my work off the river, I mentioned I was Managing Editor of TTAK, to which Josh replied “No, Sh@t!”. Turns out he is a “knife guy” and while he isn’t a regular reader he was familiar with the blog and has visited on occasion.

I guided Josh and his dad for a half-day on the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The fish were a bit persnickety, but neither of them got skunked. They landed a few fish, and missed several more besides – about what one would expect for a half-day trip with folks on the beginning side of the learning-curve. It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed getting to know Josh and his day. We wrapped things up just before the weather took a turn for the worse, leaving the river ahead of a line of storms that dumped 2″ of rain on my house in Knoxville in under 40 minutes. Perfect timing.

At any rate, Josh had mentioned liking Carter-san’s work as well, and I told him that this was in the queue. So thanks Josh for letting me show you and your dad my corner of the Smokies. Enjoy the video.

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Video: Carter Cutlery and the History of the Yoshimoto Bladesmiths

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