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by Carter
Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: What's Cookin' ?
Topic: What did you cook today?
Replies: 975
Views: 137802

Re: What did you cook today?

Making a fish soup tonight....one of my favorites! This has monkfish, halibut, amberjack, prawns, scallops, little necks and PEI mussels.

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by Carter
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Knife of the Decade 2010-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 3085

Re: Knife of the Decade 2010-2019

There were many great knives produced by many makers, but I don't think there is an overall line of knives, different style blades and different steels that can compare with the overall quality and performance of the Konosuke Fujiyama line. I still love my original blades: https://i.imgur.com/2tNEsv...
by Carter
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Knife Knowledge, Skills, Technique and Care
Topic: Smashing/crushing garlic cloves?
Replies: 21
Views: 2861

Re: Smashing/crushing garlic cloves?

I have always used the Pepin method using a firm whack and the side of the blade. I first saw the jar method from Jose Andres....I remember thinking it was very cool...I have never tried it, but will give it a go.
by Carter
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Carter Hopkins
Topic: Recent Work
Replies: 351
Views: 76411

Re: Recent Work

Here is an article on 26C3 from Larrin Thomas, he is Devin's son. Devin refers to 26C3 as "spicy white". It is a carbon steel that is capable of a fine molecular structure, high hardness, and will reveal a hamon when differentially hardened. For me, as a maker, I can take it 2-3 more points of hardn...
by Carter
Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: What's Cookin' ?
Topic: What did you cook today?
Replies: 975
Views: 137802

Re: What did you cook today?

Intension wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:56 pm
Brought some kusshi oysters home from work. Enjoying being a fish monger. Much more peaceful than the last gig.

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Those will work.....I would end up eating my entire paycheck.
by Carter
Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Did USPS loose my knife?
Replies: 32
Views: 2237

Re: Did USPS loose my knife?

Many times when I ship international, the USPS tracking indicates delivered once it hits customs, and then most times, no further tracking info is available. USPS has never lost a package for me, and they are cheap, and have less paperwork to fill out (than USP/FedEx), but I have had several anxious...
by Carter
Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Butch Harner
Topic: ready for homes
Replies: 36
Views: 19546

Re: ready for homes

Nice looking Butch!
by Carter
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Carter Hopkins
Topic: Recent Work
Replies: 351
Views: 76411

Re: Recent Work

This is the knife I made for Isboogy. The story behind this is that he purchased one of my 52100 gyutos second hand and really liked it, he asked me to make a new knife with some different dimensions and with a differentially hardened blade....he wanted the handle to be the same as the original knif...
by Carter
Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Show us your new knife!
Replies: 3236
Views: 338049

Re: Show us your new knife!

Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it. This was a fun project and had somewhat of a theme to the build.....see my Subforum - Recent Work for more details. Here is the knife I made for Isboogy, a 259mm gyuto made of 26C3 at 64/65Rc. The blade is 49mm tall and weighs 5.85oz. The handle and saya a...
by Carter
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Carter Hopkins
Topic: Happy Birthday Jacques Pépin
Replies: 2
Views: 737

Happy Birthday Jacques Pépin

Wishing a happy belated birthday to my friend and mentor Jacques Pépin (12/18).

In Miami 1987
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In Miami 1988 with my furture wife, Monica (Jacques called her Monique)
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by Carter
Mon Dec 09, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Black Lotus and others
Replies: 10
Views: 1079

Re: Black Lotus and others

The average maker here in the US has trouble purchasing Hitachi steel. There is a European distributor that sells Hitachi, but the cost is high, especially with international shipping. Additionally, Hitachi will not sell their steel to just anyone, actually pretty smart, but they will sell to proven...
by Carter
Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Site Issues?
Replies: 27
Views: 1842

Re: Site Issues?

I've been having issues for weeks on two of my computers. When I go to the Forum or refresh, I get a error page...sometimes it persists for several minutes, other times reloading/refreshing a few times and it works. I will get a screen shot when it happens again....usually several times a day. Think...
by Carter
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heat Treatment
Replies: 35
Views: 2112

Re: Heat Treatment

Ok, been watching this most of the day. Many good points have been brought up, but I offer a few more thoughts, inspired by my own internal heat treat of some gin and red wine. There is both an art and a science to heat treating metal. We love to see what shokunin blacksmiths (Murray Carter included...
by Carter
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heat Treatment
Replies: 35
Views: 2112

Re: Heat Treatment

Don't test them, you need 3-5 test points to get an average for the blade. It is not unusual to get 3-4 #'s close together and then 1 # way off. The test will need to be done on the hardened steel, so clad blades present a problem, you would have to test right near the edge where the steel may be to...
by Carter
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Damaged knives
Replies: 25
Views: 3355

Re: Damaged knives

I recently did some destruction testing on a very closed to finished differentially hardened W2 steel blade and did find some areas of the edge that were more prone to chipping. I made a mistake in the earlier part of the heat treat and cooked it with the recipe for 52100, approx 15F lower in temp t...
by Carter
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Those hard questions
Replies: 20
Views: 4168

Re: Those hard questions

I find that as I get older, I need less, and I used to be a pretty good trophy hunter in many hobby areas. If you want to sell some blades and go after a new bike, that is cool...you can only cut with one blade at a time...and they all do pretty much the same thing. Do I have more gyutos than I will...
by Carter
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman
Replies: 33
Views: 4806

Re: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman

Carter, Have you ever had success in masking the wood with tape or clear nail polish prior to etching a tang? It has been awhile but I think I remember Markeo or Kyle Royer doing this. No luck with tape, but TruOil does a good job...it is still hard to get a perfect mask line between the metal and ...
by Carter
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman
Replies: 33
Views: 4806

Re: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman

cliff wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:33 pm
Carter, was that originally a Western handle (I've never seen one), or did you have to convert it? In either case, it's beautiful.
Western....they are out there...have done a few over the years. Thanks!
by Carter
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman
Replies: 33
Views: 4806

Re: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman

Thank you everyone for the pics and recommendations! Some awesome looking stuff out there :D Oh boy, I hadn't even thought of all that. Like Kalaeb, I didn't notice there weren't holes either :shock: How difficult do you think that a job like this would be, Carter? I'd like to avoid a full re-etch ...
by Carter
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman
Replies: 33
Views: 4806

Re: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman

The wood is the easy part, certainly a thoughtful decision and something that appeals to you will be made. I agree with several of the posts already presented, that a muted wood pattern may be best. My take is that with a special blade, which this is, and a blade with a dramatic pattern, again this ...