Bladesmithing with Murray Carter: Modern Application of Traditional Techniques

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Krause Publications, Sep 22, 2011 - Crafts & Hobbies - 160 pages
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Bladesmithing with Murray Carter provides the reader with an in-depth look into traditional Japanese Cutlery forging techniques and their modern applications. A non-stop flow of inquiries to Murray has prompted him to reveal the secret techniques learned during 18 years in Japan, where he lived and worked as a village bladesmith. He now shares this wealth of information for the benefit of the curious reader and Japanese knife enthusiast alike. Owners of nearly 15,000 of Murray’s knives will be delighted to see a comprehensive book written by the knives’ creator. FEATURES • 250+ dazzling, full-color images, including many by renowned photographer Hiro Soga. • Unique and extremely rare insight into the Japanese culture through the (blue) eyes of a Japanese village bladesmith. • Detailed explanations of Traditional Japanese Bladesmithing techniques that until now have been cloaked in mystery and myth. • Enough detailed information to guide an aspiring bladesmith to become a successful smith in the Japanese style of blade making.
 

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Contents

Preface
5
Introduction
6
Dangers In The Bladesmith Shop
13
Practical Parameters of Cutlery Design
22
Selection of Steel
32
Forge Welding
38
Lamination Techniques
55
Heat Treating
66
Grinding the Secondary and Primary Edges
96
Surface Finishing
104
Low Temperaturre Silver Soldering
111
Attaching Handles
113
Sharpening
139
Making Sheaths
148
What Dulls Knivees How To Extend The Performance of Your Blades
150
What Makes a Knife Special?
156

Straightening
80
Grinding A Perfect Blade Profile
87
Drilling Holes
94
Glossary of Japanese Terms
159
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About the author (2011)

Murray Carter is one of the most popular custom knifemakers at the annual BLADE Show, regularly conducts wildly popular seminars on shaving with a machete, and is known for standing at his booth sharpening knives while teaching the techniques to interested attendees. Carter lives in Vernonia, Oregon.

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