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Short Doc Explores Passion and Journey of Bladesmith Murray Carter

How does a young man from Halifax, Nova Scotia, end up spending almost half of his life in Japan? The answer to that is threefold: drive, passion and knives.

At 18, Murray Carter of Carter Cutlery ended up in Japan where he basically fell into an apprenticeship with a 16th generation Yoshimoto bladesmith. Carter is now officially a 17th generation Yoshimoto bladesmith, meaning he’s only one of a handful of people who can trace their work and techniques back to one of the traditional bladesmithing families of Japan.

His knives can now cost upwards of several thousand dollars, but his journey onto this path is very unique. The filmmakers over at Cineastas made a compelling film about his journey and the importance of dreams. Check it out.


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  1. I saw this video a while ago – and boy it took my breath away.

    Carter-san is incredibly privileged to have been able to learn a skill like this, it’s a dying artform and the knives he produces are simply stunning.

    He has a load more videos on his YouTube page if you liked the video above! I’ve spent hours watching them – a little bit jealous if I’m honest!

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