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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.