Ilya from That Works turns to traditional Japanese blacksmithing methods to create a short sword known as a tantō. To accompany the crafting footage, he offers an in-depth lesson on the history of these weapons and their swordsmiths. The finished sword is a true work of art – and deadly sharp.
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Metalsmith Shurap enjoys making tools, weapons, and sculptures by recycling other metal objects. For this blade, they cut out a hexagonal grid from blocks of metal, then carefully arranged nuts and bolts into the form before forging and pressing it. The finished blade has a unique and compelling pattern in its center.
Inspired by the incredible work of artist Peter Walker, fellow blacksmith Alec Steele wanted to try his hand at sculpting a miniature head out of metal. The process involves squaring off a bar of steel, then hammering and chiseling to make indentations while it’s still molten hot.
Based on a fan-submitted concept, this LEGO blacksmith shop is packed with lots of tools, and armor, and its interior features a glowing forge with a light-up LEGO brick. The 2164-piece set has a removable roof for peering inside and comes with a blacksmith, archer, two Black Falcon Knights, horse, dog, and frog figures.
A fire basket (aka “brazier”) is exactly what it sounds like – a metal basket that holds a bunch of flaming logs. Blacksmith Torbjörn Åhman walks us through the process of creating one of these, which involves cutting, stamping, bending, forging, and welding multiple matching pieces of metal. Also, hot riveting never gets old.
While the war hammers you see in video games are enormous, the real ones were actually about the size of an ordinary axe, with a deadly point on the back end. This made them way more agile and deadly than the fantasy version. That Works walks us through the process of building a historically-accurate replica.
Inspired by The Seven Deadly Sins manga and Netflix show, Matt and Ilya of That Works created a real-world replica of King’s imposing Spirit Spear Chastiefol. If you love blacksmithing videos, this one is well worth a watch, as it’s packed with satisfying footage of power hammering, punching, grinding, and brazing.
Making the woven metal armor known as chainmail (or “chainmaille”) is a time-consuming, laborious process. So imagine what it must be like to create a suit of chainmail armor for a giant. Blacksmith Timothy Dyck painstakingly forged 250 circles then riveted them together to make a scaled-up version fit for Paul Bunyan.
There are time-tested blacksmithing techniques for twisting metal into knot-like structures. But what if you want to tie a steel rod into an actual knot? Paul Pinto shows us how his method for making a tight overhand knot using a combination of bending, hammering, and stretching. The engine hoist trick is a good one.
Sometimes, the blacksmiths at That Works like to make tools and weapons by recycling old metal. In this episode of their “From This to That” series, they take a big old link of a ship’s anchor chain, and transform it into a beautiful hammer with engraved detailing and a copper, silver, and gold inlay.
The swordsmiths of That Works take on another great video game inspired build, this time crafting the Lothric Knight Sword from Dark Souls III. Rather than an over-the-top fantasy weapon, this impressive and strong straight blade is as practical as a real world sword that could have been wielded by an actual knight.
When he’s not making glowing katanas, Keaton Goddard of Faraway Forge likes to create new tools and weapons by recycling stuff from the junkyard. Watch as he makes a beautiful rapier from a rusty old leaf spring, with a hilt crafted from bent bicycle sprockets, oak, and a trailer towing ball.
Bladesmith shurap loves to make damascus from all kinds of unusual objects. In this case, he managed to get his hands on a bunch of rusty, ancient blades that date back as far as 1100 years to the Kievan Rus era. He then smooshed them down into one elegant new weapon. Historians and archaeologists look away.
That Works take a moment away from smithing video game weapons to craft something more historically accurate. They first make steel by carburizing iron, then forge it into an incredibly deadly spear like the ones used in the 8th and 9th centuries. We were surprised just how effective it is when swung, not just when stabbing it.
Faraway Forge envisions a universe in which battles are fought with light-up katanas. He first forged its two blade sections, tempered them to different finishes, and welded them together. He then sandblasted the handle, and installed electroluminescent tape and wire to give it an awesome red glow.
That Works take on a video game weapon that dates back all the way to 1986. But rather than the pixelated flail found in the 8-bit Castlevania, they built a replica of the one Trevor Belmont finds in the 21st century animated series. It’s a painstaking process to build such a complex weapon using blacksmithing techniques.
(PG-13: Language) The swordsmiths at That Works pay tribute to The Witcher by forging an impressive replica of Geralt’s steel blade. They even folded some meteorite into the steel, giving it an even more mystical appeal. The build even includes a detailed replica of Renfri’s broach attached to its hilt.
After their run on Man at Arms Reforged, Matt Stagmer, Illya Alekseyev, and the swordsmiths of Baltimore Knife and Sword are back with their own channel, That Works. Their first build is an impressive replica of Asta’s imposing sword from Black Clover. It’s not as slickly produced as their previous series, but a bit more informative.
For this 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.
Did you know that many bike tires contain a metal wire to form their bead? Metalsmith shurap decided to see if he could extract the steel from eight old tires and melt it down to form it into a damascus steel blade. We don’t quite understand the use of the pepper in the process though.