December 25, 2014: Merry Christmas and congratulations to Bryan Buck. You are the winner of my 2014 Christmas Giveaway!
December 20, 2014: Added photos of another custom project; The Grey Wolf
December 8, 2014: Our 2014 Christmas Giveaway is under way! Find the giveaway knife on this website and follow the instructions to enter the FREE drawing. Good Luck!
October 31, 2014: Added some new knives to the Available Now page.
Sept 12, 2014: Added some new knives to the Available Now page.
August 2014: Thanks to everyone who came out to see us at the 2014 Knifemakers guild Show in Louisville, KY. It was announced at the show that the 2015 Knifemakers Guild Show will be moving to Kansas City, MO. I have been a member of the Guild since 2007 and a voting member since 2009. However, due to the new directions of the Guild, I find that I can no longer support the organization and I will not be renewing my membership after this year.
December 16, 2013; Added a few new knives to the "Available Now" pages just in time for Christmas.
December 3, 2013; Added a few new jewelry and display items
November 30, 2013, 1 new Nessmuk, 2 new Hunters, and a dozen new Neck Knives are available now!
November 14, 2013: 2013 Christmas Giveaway!
October 9, 2013: Added a few new knives to "Available Now". Updated our Show Schedule.
July 26, 2013: New knives added to Available Now!
March 8, 2013: Several new knives added to Available Now!
February 14, 2013: Added some new exotic jewelry to the online store. Watch for some new knives to be posted soon!
Decenber 12, 2012: The website has been overhauled with a new look. Check out new knives that are available for purchase NOW. And the BIG NEWS! I am giving away a handmade custom Carter Bowie knife to one lucky winner on Christmas Day 2012. Click HERE to enter the drawing!
November 2012: Added a video about etching Damascus
November 2012: New Bowie, Bush Knives and Cowboy Daggers added to Online Store
November 2012: Added videos of how I make my handmade "MikeCarta" handle materials.
October 2012: Added video tutorial of how to make a simple knife guard.
August 4, 2012: Added some new knives to my online store!
December 21, 2011: Added 28 NEW KNIVES to my online store! New choices in every style!
August 2011: It has been a very busy summer. Unfortunately most of what has been keeping me busy was unexpected and has also kept me out of the shop. Things are settling down now and I back to making sparks. Updates have been posted on a couple of orders I am working on, Dequello and Druid. Also busy getting ready for the Knifemakers Guild Show in Louisville September 16-18. Please come on out and see us!
February 28, 2011: New knives available now. Check our online store!
February 1, 2011: Completed another "Grizz" Bowie
January 24, 2011: Do you want to make a knife? Follow along with my step-by-step tutorial to make your own knife. Also, follow my bushcraft practice and experiences.
January 18, 2011: New Carter knives Gallery (work in progress).
January 2011: Happy New year! Be sure to check out my Knives Available For Sale, I have added some new ones. Also take a look at my update Steel Myths page.
December 24, 2010: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I have a neat new Damascus and Buffalo Horn Bowie available. Come out and see us at the RK Gun & Knife Show Dec 31 - Jan 2 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, KY.
December 6, 2010: Busy getting orders done and preparing for our last two shows of the year: The Great Eastern Gun Show Dec 11-12 and the RK Gun Knife Show Dec 31-Jan 1. Both shows are at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center in Louisville, KY.
November 30, 2010: I added pictures of a custom project of three knives. Butterscotch Trio. Also updated my show schedule.
November 1, 2010 Some new knives are Available Online and I added some pictures of knife sheaths that I recently made.
October 15, 2010: NEW KNIVES Available in my Online Store!
October 12, 2010: Added "Steel Myths" page.
Please come out see us at the Knifemakers Guild Show in Louisville, KY September 17-19 and at the Spirit of Steel Show in Knoxville, TN November 5-7.
September 13, 2010: Carter Crafts is NOT currently accepting GPal (formerly GunPal) as a form of payment. I had hope GPal would be the good alternative to PayPal that it was intended to be but they are having some serious problems that need to be straightened out before I will be comfortable using their services.
August 17, 2010: Finally finished "Thor" custom dagger.
June 2010: I have updated my knives available for immediate sale with several new knives. I have also lowered the prices on a few knives that I have had around for awhile so this is your chance to get some real bargains on handmade Carter custom knives. Many of the knives include FREE shipping within the continental U.S. See Available Knives.
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May 8, 2010: Added an extensive tutorial on how to design a knife with Photoshop
December 2009: Added a new tutorial on how to attach a no-weld butt cap on a full tang knife.
December 2009: Added new FORUMS to discuss knives, outdoors, photography and just about anything you like.
November 2009: Christmas will be here soon and I can work in a couple more custom knife orders for pre-Christmas delivery if you get your orders in SOON!. I will be at the Great Eastern Gun and Knife Show at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center in Louisville, KY December 12-13. This will be my last show of the year and it's just in time for you to pick up a really special gift for you last minute shoppers. Come on out and see us!
October 2009: I have several very interesting custom orders in the works and I am anxious to show them soon on the website. Even though the knife show schedule has pretty much would down for the year, I have experienced several delays in fulfilling my orders due to personal and family obligations and unforeseen circumstances. Thanks to all of my customers for your patience and understanding and I am working hard to get caught up and back on schedule.
September 2009: I am honored and thrilled to have earned voting member status in the Knifemaker's Guild at the 2009 Guild Show and annual meeting. I have served two years as a probationary member of the Guild and finally "earned my stripes" so to speak. I look forward to a long and active participation in the Knifemaker's Guild.
July 31, 2009: Added some new knives for sale. See Large Blades a for very nice cocobolo Bowie, Daggers for a beautiful Russian Lavender Dagger, and Nessmuks for an outstanding Elk and Damascus Nessie.
July 24, 1009: Added a photo essay about the "Bwana" custom knife project.
April 19, 2009: Added a tutorial on making micarta.
January 3, 2009: Added some examples of custom knife orders. Some show how they were made.
December22, 2008: A look at another unique custom Bowie knife project.
December 2008: Added some show dates to my 2009 Show Schedule.
October 22, 2008: A bunch of new Neck Knives are available for sale!
October 4, 2008: Added the story of the "GRIZZ", a custom knife project.
September 16, 2008: Hurricane Ike came through Kentucky on 9/14 creating the most widespread damage ever seen in Kentucky. We have been without power for two days and they say it may be two weeks before everyone is back online in Louisville. As you can imagine, this has caused delays in filling knife orders. Please be patient and I will get back up to speed as soon as possible.
July 2008: I have my Mammoth Ivory Jewelry Online
March 2008: Added a tutorial on how I make a fold-over Nessmuk leather sheath HERE.
January 2008: Completed major update to the website.
Many of my Handmade knives are now available for purchase HERE.
Our show schedule for Carter Crafts has also been updated HERE.
I added some information about historic knife styles HERE.
I added a LOT of information about the materials I use to make my knives HERE.
There is a lot of new content. Please browse the website and look around.
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December 6-8, 2007 Come see us at "Parkers Greatest Knife Show On Earth" in Sevierville, TN
July 27-29, 2007: Come see us at the Knifemakers Guild Show in Lake Buena Vista, Florida!
July 2007: Our new website is launched.
June 9, 2007: I obtain the necessary signatures for probationary membership in the Knifemakers Guild.
May 30, 2007: Carter Crafts, LLC becomes an officially registered limited liability company registered in the state of Kentucky.
May 2003: I attend a knifemaking class given by Gil Hibben which begins my knifemaking career.