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Blacksmithing

Making the Dragon Twist

Making the Dragon Twist

Mt Phillip Metal Works shows off an amazing method for turning a bar of metal into an intricate and sculptural decoration inspired by the scaly tail of a dragon. The technique was inspired by the work of fellow metalsmith Matt Harris.

Bolt into Mini Throwing Knife

Bolt into Mini Throwing Knife

Metalsmith Miller Knives is at it again, this time digging into his bin of hardware to create a teensy version of a Japanese Kunai throwing knife from a stainless steel bolt. It might not be the most effective weapon at this size, but it still is pretty stabby.

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Making a Damascus Chisel

Making a Damascus Chisel

For his latest project, metalsmith Shurap created a gigantic chisel using numerous layers of steel. The oversized tool is designed for woodworking, but is so beautiful that it could just be a work of art on a stand. Watch how the intricately-carved handle was made here.

Casting a Sword from Pennies

Casting a Sword from Pennies

How to Make Everything decided to how many U.S. one cent coins it would take to make a copper sword. He first had to separate older and newer pennies to get the ones that are mostly copper, then set about the task. We’d love to see the blade patina over time.

Coil Spring to Katana

Coil Spring to Katana

Blacksmith and blademaker Jake’s Custom Knives shows us how he takes old coil springs from cars and turns them into shiny new weapons. In this case, he transformed a section of the suspension coil into an awesome little samurai sword.

Forging a Tiny Axe

Forging a Tiny Axe

Not only is this teensy axe that blacksmith Paul Pinto made adorable, he upped the challenge of creating it by using a miniature anvil and hammer he previously made. The only problem with the video is the sped up drilling sound reminds us of the dentist too much.

Forging a Seax Bowie

Forging a Seax Bowie

Metalsmith Freerk Wieringa walks us through the lengthy process of transforming a steel blank into an incredible weapon – an oversized bowie knife that would make Crocodile Dundee proud. The grinding and sanding sequences are especially satisfying.

Forging Damascus Hammers

Forging Damascus Hammers

Blacksmith Alec Steele and students training at his workshop provide a condensed look at how layers of molten steel are repeatedly smashed together, first by machine, then by hand to create a pair of stunning damascus hammers.

Making Damascus from a Chain

Making Damascus from a Chain

Metalsmith Dmitry Shevchenko (aka “Shurap“) continues to crank out knives using unconventional materials. After showing us how to make damascus steel from screws, washers, and cable, he’s back to craft the patterned metal from a car’s timing chain.

Forged Iron Bottle Opener

Forged Iron Bottle Opener
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Massachusetts blacksmith shop Hammer on Steel hand-forges each of these bottle openers from iron and steel. They make a perfect groomsmen’s gift, and can be custom monogrammed with the recipient’s initials at no extra cost.

Making a Knife from Steel Cable

Making a Knife from Steel Cable

After showing us how to damascus steel using a bunch of melted down steel washers, metalsmith Shurap is back with another cool upcycling video, as he takes a few sections of braided steel cable, heats them up, and works them into a sweet looking blade.

Making Damascus Steel from Washers

Making Damascus Steel from Washers

At first we thought shurap was fixing a bowl of cereal for Bender the robot, but what he’s actually doing in this video is creating a hardened damascus steel knife by melting together spring washers and powdered iron and smashing them together, over and over.

Forging a Pizza

Forging a Pizza

Essential Craftsman decided to see if he could use his blacksmithing forge to cook a pizza. He let it “cool” to about 800ºF before sliding the pizza in, baking it perfectly in 95 seconds. We wonder if he could do it in less time at full heat, or if it would just burn it immediately.

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Forging a Drawknife

Forging a Drawknife

One of the most necessary tools in any woodworker’s toolbox is the drawknife. Watch as blacksmith Torbjörn Åhman walks us through every step of the process to turn a hunk of steel into a useful tool. We love how one of the tools he uses in his craft is a log. (Thanks Victor!)

Making Million-Layer Damascus Steel

Making Million-Layer Damascus Steel

Appropriately named metalsmith Alec Steele starts out by welding 31 layers of steel together, then heats and repeatedly hammers them together so many times that he eventually hits one million layers. He later turned the resulting Damascus steel cube into a karambit knife.

Railroad Spike Tomahawk

Railroad Spike Tomahawk

Another amazing blacksmithing video by Miller Knives, in which he takes a rusty old railroad spike, and gradually hammers, grinds, and sculpts it into a completely usable tomahawk. We’d love to see what he could turn an old tomahawk into.

Making Excalibur

Making Excalibur

Man at Arms: Reforged takes on what is perhaps the most famous sword of all time – King Arthur’s legendary Excalibur, as based on its appearance in the video game King of Avalon. It’s one of their most impressive builds, and the engraving alone is phenomenal.

Wrench into Tomahawk

Wrench into Tomahawk

Miller Knives walks us through the process of transforming an ordinary open-end wrench into a usable tomahawk. It takes many steps to flatten, reshape, and finish the metal, but the end result is quite impressive given where it started.

Making Bloodborne’s Saw Cleaver

Making Bloodborne’s Saw Cleaver

Man at Arms: Reforged used a railroad track and a black iron pipe to make a life-size replica of the nasty Saw Cleaver from the horror action RPG Bloodborne. It can transform between a short saw and a long cleaver, just like its video game counterpart.

Dashuhua

Dashuhua

The dangerous tradition of Dashuhua has been practiced by blacksmiths as part of the Lantern festival for over 500 years. It involves throwing scraps of molten iron towards the bricks of the city gate, resulting in a fiery visual spectacle.

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Railroad Spike Knife

Railroad Spike Knife

Andyalm doesn’t just turn a railroad spike into a knife, he hand-forges one of the most badass precision cutting instruments we have seen. The carrots show how easily you can take off fingers.

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