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Murray Carter Tells Us What It Takes to be a Master Bladesmith in the Modern Era

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For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — managing editor Nicole Raney and the nonpareil of a host Greg Nibler — engage in some razor-sharp conversation with 17th-generation Yoshimoto bladesmith Murray Carter.

Murray is the namesake bladesmith of Carter Cutlery, a knife forge and shop based in Portland, Oregon. He walks us through his origin story — how a deep interest in karate led him to Japan and a chance encounter introduced him to Sensei Sakemoto, the master bladesmith who would train him to become next in the Yoshimoto line.

Murray also explains the modern process of bladesmithing, what it’s like to get into this storied profession in the 21st century, and how an everyday person can spot a quality knife. If you’ve always been fascinated by blades, you’ll find Murray’s story equally enthralling. If you view blades as kitchen utensils, you’ll find some interesting nuggets to inform your next knife purchase.

The history of Yoshimoto bladesmiths is particularly fascinating and a lot more than we could pack into one podcast episode. If you want to learn more, you can hear from Sakemoto himself:

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