Hey, it was brought to my attention that Murray Carter has been using the term "Stay Sharp" since before I ever did in 2010. How do I know? He called me today and told me!
We talked it over and I told him how I came up with the catch phrase independently but who knows, maybe I read it or heard it from him. There's a local TV Doctor named Zorba Paster that used the catch phrase "Stay Well" and Sue and I liked it because he said it with a little spunk and usually included a finger wag. It was funny and I was looking for something to stop my videos since I was having a hard time saying goodbye (I was mumbling). Here's a look if you're interested in Zorba:
Here's the first time I ever used it in August 2010.
Anyway I want to give credit where credit is due. Not only did Murray come up with this line first, the man taught me how to sharpen. There were a few important sharpening teachers and he was definitely one of them. The other big influence was Ken Schwartz but Scott Sebastian, Adam Marr, BDL, Shaun Fernandez and Curtis Chung all taught me stuff. Murray stands out because his DVD was pretty comprehensive and allowed me to figure out the whole process and really taught me the fundamentals. I mentioned on the phone today that I still use his basic principles with a few modifications and he seemed pleased.
So thanks Murray and sorry about using your tag line without your permission and thanks for being cool about it. Maybe we'll switch it and go with Salty's suggestion "Sharp Happens" in the future. I liked that one just as much when we were collectively trying to come up with a line for the shirts.
Like I told Murray. You need to be a little more clever than "Stay Sharp" to claim it as your own. I have been using the term since I was about 10 years old, that was like 38 years ago. Don't sweat it.
otaku19 wrote:I too, thought that it was an homage to Murray. I remember you saying in one of your videos Mark, that he taught you how to sharpen, and never thought anymore about it.
Yea I credited him in a couple of my videos and I'll do so with the shirt page now too.
It's funny about a year ago I watched a video of his on his trip to Japan and that was the first time I saw him say "stay sharp" and I thought he picked it up from me! hahahahh I thought it was kind of flattering but it goes to show you we all live in our own little bubbles.
Anyway we're two little shit guys in the much larger knife world. It's not like Coke and Pepsi using the same catch phrase.