Former Member -
Knifemakers Guild 2003-2014
Member - National Knife Collectors Association
Knifemaker Charter Member - Knife Rights
Member - National Craft Association
Member - National Congress of Old West Shootists
Member - Johnson County Rangers
Carter Crafts are the creations of Mike Carter, a Kentucky craftsman, photographer, writer and computer programmer.
Due to a life-long interest in arts and crafts and a passion for collecting custom knives, I am now offering my handcrafted wares for sale. I offer a mixture of crafts and services reflecting my interests and expertise.
Carter Crafts is a limited liability company registered in the state of Kentucky, U.S.A. Carter Knives is a wholly owned subsidiary of Carter Crafts, LLC
Inquiries about my handmade knives, crafts and other services can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I occasionally show and sell my crafts at various shows throughout the year. View our schedule of events and shows HERE .
Carter Crafts mailing address is:
2522 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206
NOTE: I am not quite a full-time knifemaker and so I am not in my knifemaking shop every day. My shop is not generally open to the public. If you wish to visit my shop please contact me to arrange a time for your visit.
Carter Crafts, LLC is legally registered and licensed limited liability company in Louisville, Kentucky.
I am also a voting member in good standing with the Knifemaker's Guild. The Guild monitors the business practices of it's members and only accepts those who demonstrate honest business ethics.
About Mike Carter
For a little more information about me and my background, click HERE.
After several years of learning the craft, mostly under the tutelage of world renown master knifemaker Gil Hibben, and developing my own style, I finally felt that my handmade knives had achieved the level of craftsmanship and quality expected by collectors and buyers of fine cutlery and I formally established Carter Crafts LLC in May 2007.
My knives are handmade from the quality materials, heat treated for proper hardness and durability, and polished and finished by hand. I also make my leather knife sheaths completely by hand including hand stitching the leather. In addition I am learning the art of scrimshaw and have applied this unique form of art to several of my knives. My knife handles are often made from fine hardwoods, rare and exotic woods, and other exotic materials such as ancient wooly mammoth ivory.
I am a one-man knife shop without any automated equipment. As such, my production is limited. Please inquire about delivery time estimates for custom orders.
Please visit my Carter Knives pages by clicking HERE.
What our customers are saying about Carter Knives
When I began using ancient wooly mammoth ivory for knife handles, I found that I often had small pieces left over. These pieces were too small for use in a knife handle but they were too rare, expensive and beautiful to throw away. A friend taught me how to make beautiful jewelry from my ivory remnants. It is a time consuming multi-step process of carefully shaping and hand sanding the ivory with successively finer grits of sandpaper and then buffing it to a high polish.
The result is incredibly rare and beautiful one-of-a-kind real ivory jewelry made from 10,000 year old wooly mammoth tusks. I also use cut-off pieces of reconstituted gemstone and exotic woods from around the world.
See what our Customers are saying about
Carter Crafts Mammoth Ivory Jewelry
I have been a professional level photographer for over 30 years, transitioning from 35mm film photography to high resolution digital photography. I offer my photographic services for almost everything except weddings. I specialize in on-location portraiture and event photography.
I have also created a niche in knife photography for knifemakers and collectors who need high quality photos of knives for advertising, promotion or archives. In addition, I am an expert with Adobe Photoshop which allows me to enhance photographs, create composite photos and other provide graphic art services.
Please visit my photography gallery website at mcarter photography where I offer scenic and art prints in sizes from 5"x7" prints to 20"x30" poster sized prints and other photo merchandise for sale.
I also offer professional video services including video production using the latest technology of three-chip digital video cameras and editing services. I have an extensive professional background in video and television production.
(Sorry, I am not taking on any more websites at this time)
I provide services to get your web site up and running on the Internet including:
Website design and creation
Domain name registration
Hosting your site on state-of-the-art servers in highly secure and redundant data centers
Management, updates, maintenance, and backups
For examples of my website work see:
www.richardluce.com (artist website)
www.jcrangers.com (Western Action Shooting)