Finally, i fixed my camera and took some pics of the knife murray carter made me. for those who don't know, this is a very special knife.
i initially asked murray for a single beveled gyuto. it was gonna be a modified funayuki, basically. longer and kataha ground. sweet!
a few months later, he calls and says he's about to start making the knife. a week later, he tells me that it reminded him of a knife he once saw that was made for someone of high stature.
he then went on to explain that the knife he saw was a single beveled knife, jet black and all you could see was two streaks of light on the back and the brightly polished edge on the front. he says the reason that knife was made in this fashion as a testament of his skill. any idiot can forge a brick and grind it down to the shape of a knife. that knife was perfectly made from the first strike of the hammer, and the knife he was making me looks like it can be finished this way.
he asked me if i wanted it to keep the one he had started for me. and if i did not want it, he was going to keep it for himself and make me a new one. i immeadiatly said yes.
so what i have now is not only a one of a kind custom knife, but one who's shape he had never made, in a finish that he's never done. ON TOP OF THIS, our own mr. fish has put on an amazing handle on it. black ash burl with brushed silver spacers on Presentation grade Sanora ironwood.
i don't mean to brag, but i really love this knife. it to me represents the ability and creativity of two great men. as said before, "masterpieces in wood and steel".
so here it is, the Murray Carter 9 Sun Kirouchi Miroshi!
"The falling leaf does not hate the wind."