These days, it’s not often we encounter someone that makes something from scratch. In this mini documentary, we meet Murray Carter of Carter Cutlery in Hillsboro, Oregon, and learn about his journey to Japan at the age of 18. During his time in Japan, he tells his story of a chance encounter with a bladesmith and his path to learning the art under Mr. Sakemoto for six years. Once he completed his apprenticeship, he was asked to take the position of the 17th generation of the Sakemoto family tradition of Yoshimoto bladesmithing.
‘Those without dreams are without ideals.
Those without ideals are without beliefs.
Those without beliefs are without plans.
Those without plans are without actions.
Those without actions are without results.
Those without results are without happiness.’
It means that if you want to be content in life, according to this, you have to basically be a man of action, which will give you results. And any result, whether it’s success or failure, will still bring you contentment because at least you have lived out that dream.