Per Murray Carter:

“The Forged In Fire competition highlighted some of the major differences between Japanese and Western style blades, but the results aren’t indicative of superiority one way or the other. Instead, this competition fanned the flames of rivalry and progression. We know from personal experience and customer feedback that knives forged using traditional Japanese bladesmithing techniques outperform their western counterparts in many tasks. However, in the Forged In Fire competition (and other potential applications), the Western style of forging performed better. Where do these two crafts intersect and how can they benefit each other? By learning, sharing information, and honoring the traditional techniques used by Japanese bladesmiths for centuries – Carter Cutlery is more determined than ever to make substantial contributions to the cutlery industry. Stay sharp.”