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Fanciest Pizza Cutter Ever

Fanciest Pizza Cutter Ever

A store-bought pizza cutter is usually made from stainless steel. The guys from Waterjet Channel decided to make one from Damascus steel and titanium instead, so they teamed up with Jesse and Jeff from Vegas Forge to create this impressive wheel for slicing with style. Though we’d hate to get cheese all over it.

How Wrenches Are Made

How Wrenches Are Made

Go inside of Italy’s Beta Utensili factory, where they take pieces of raw steel, heat them, hot roll, and machine hammer them into their rough shapes, before cutting them out, sand blasting, grinding, tumbling, and refining their openings before hardening and plating each piece into a finished combination wrench.

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Hot Shot Firestarter Card

Hot Shot Firestarter Card
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Grim Workshop’s wallet card includes a useful array of tools to help you start a campfire. In addition to its scraper bar, its thick, high-carbon steel card can be struck against its ferrocerium bar to get sparks going. It also packs a magnesium bar to increase heat, a choice of three different blades, a file, and a saw.

TIG Welding a Giant 6-Sided Die

TIG Welding a Giant 6-Sided Die

A normal 6-sided die weighs about 0.2 oz. This 4″ stainless steel die by Justin Voss is a bit heftier. This video shows how he used a CNC plasma cutter to slice up the steel, then cleaned up the edges with a grinder and welded the pieces together. If you know how to weld, you can pick up a kit of pre-cut parts on Justin’s website.

Victorinox SwissTool BS

Victorinox SwissTool BS
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A very special pocket multitool from Swiss Army knife and watchmaker Victorinox. The SwissTool BS is murdered-out in black oxide steel and includes 29 useful functions in one, including pliers, screwdrivers, saws, wire tools, openers, knives, rulers, a file, punch tool, and more.

Toyo Steel Toolboxes

Toyo Steel Toolboxes
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While modern toolboxes are often made from plastics, Japan’s Toyo Steel has made theirs out of metal since 1969. They offer several varieties, including a trunk-shaped model, a curved, camber-top box, and a cantilever design that splits open in the middle. Plus, they come in unexpected colors like gold, coral, blue, and pink.

Best Made Rolling Footlocker

Best Made Rolling Footlocker
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This substantial storage bin is a big upgrade from plastic crates. It’s made from 22-gauge steel and rolls on heavy-duty casters. It’s great for tools, art supplies, or valuables you want out of sight. It has a large main compartment and a removable tray. It measures 20″w x 20″h x 15″d and comes in matte black and classic red.

Making a Ring from Twisted Sawblades

Making a Ring from Twisted Sawblades

Black Beard Projects shows off an interesting way to create a steel ring. The blacksmith started with a rusty bandsaw blade and chopped it up into flat pieces. He then welded, forged, and hammered them multiple times to create a Damascus pattern before twisting the metal into a cylinder and refining it into its final form.

Tying a Knot in Steel Rebar

Tying a Knot in Steel Rebar

Steel rebar is a stiff metal bar typically used to reinforce concrete. But like any metal, with enough force, you can bend it to your whim. Metalsmith Gavin Clark shows us a series of maneuvers he used to tie a length of 1/2″ rebar into a clove hitch knot. We’re impressed that he did it without applying heat.

Coiling Molten Steel Rod

Coiling Molten Steel Rod

Redditor arcedup works in a steel mill and wanted to test out the video capabilities of their phone. While they were at it, they captured this wonderfully satisfying clip of molten hot steel being turned into a coiled rod. Is it wrong that we want to make the world’s largest Slinky with it?

Cleaning Steel from a Laser Cutter Bed

Cleaning Steel from a Laser Cutter Bed

Industrial laser cutters can slice through steel, but they leave behind bits of metal called slag on their work surfaces. While placing materials on support slats helps, there’s still a mess to clean up. This slat cleaner from TRUMPF offers a satisfying way to remove that debris. We want something like this for our BBQ grill.

The House in a Chainmail Box

The House in a Chainmail Box

Located in Scotland, The Hill House was created by architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Unfortunately, the damp climate has been unkind to the home’s experimental construction. Tom Scott shows us how conservationists are working to save the house by surrounding it with a box made from 34 million chain links.

Origami R5 Storage Rack

Origami R5 Storage Rack
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This four-shelf steel rack can hold up to 1000 pounds without wheels, and up to 300 pounds with wheels. It folds up small enough to stash in a closet when not in use, and unfolds and latches together in under 5 seconds with no tools. Available in black, pewter, platinum, red, and white.

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Böker Tirpitz Knives

Böker Tirpitz Knives
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These unique damascus knives are made by forging and folding steel recovered from the Tirpitz, a German WWII battleship sunk off the coast of Norway by Allied bombers. There are four limited-edition knives in the series, the Barlow Prime Tirpitz-Damascus, the Tirpitz-Damascus, the Tirpitz-Damascus Wood, and the Tirpitz-Damascus Gold.

Low Profile Ratchet Driver

Low Profile Ratchet Driver
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Need to tighten or loosen screws in a tight space? MulWark’s 4″ long ratcheting wrench is just 20mm (~.79″) thick with its bits in place, so it can fit into tricky areas where you can’t use a long driver. Its 1/4″ drive socket magnetically holds bits, which are made from durable CRV6150 steel, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Turbulent Bike Tool

Turbulent Bike Tool
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Turbulent’s versatile bike tool combines 23 useful functions, including numerous metric hex wrenches, Torx, Phillips, and flat screwdrivers, a spoke wrench, spline, brake pad spreader, open wrenches, and more. Like most good multitools, it has a bottle opener to crack open a cold one to celebrate a repair well done.

Higo no Kami Brass Pocket Knives

Higo no Kami Brass Pocket Knives
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Handmade in Japan’s Nagao Kanekoma factory, these pocket folders have a Wharncliffe blade made from Warikomi steel, wrapped in a satin brass handle, and comes in three sizes. The simple design and antique style have been passed down through five generations over 125 years. It also comes in satin black.

Machining a Giant Euler’s Disk

Machining a Giant Euler’s Disk

A Euler’s Disk is a plaything that illustrates the physics at work between a spinning, rolling disc, and stationary surface. Beyond the Press supersized the experiment by machining medium- and giant-size versions of the toy. Both are incredibly loud as they spin, and you wouldn’t want to put your hand underneath the bigger one.

Making a 400-Pound Steel Door

Making a 400-Pound Steel Door

If you want to keep people from breaking into your workshop, a big steel door can certainly be a deterrent. Builder Paul Pinto shows off the impressive 400-pound door that he built for his shop with the help of a CNC plasma cutting table. Those rivet heads and wheel mechanism make it look even more impenetrable.

Making a Metal Bomber Seat

Making a Metal Bomber Seat

Several years back, metalworker Ron Covell walked through the process of bending metal to create a cool bomber-style metal seat. Its construction proved intimidating for most, so he came up with a simpler design that uses a single sheet of steel, and might actually be feasible if you have the proper tools in your shop.

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Making a Literal Steel Guitar

Making a Literal Steel Guitar

There’s a musical instrument called a steel guitar, but it’s named for its metal slide, and not the material it’s made from. But metalsmith Paul Pinto decided to actually make a guitar out of the weighty metal. Watch as he cuts, welds, forges, and grinds a steel plate into a beautiful chrome-plated instrument. Now how does it sound?

Schrade SCAXE2 Camping Axe

Schrade SCAXE2 Camping Axe

This compact axe from Schrade is ideal for backpacks. It weighs just 1.44 pounds thanks to its glass fiber and TPR rubber handle, while its 3.8 stainless steel blade makes quick work of chopping tasks. Its reverse side has a textured hammer pommel, and it comes with a ferro rod for starting fires in its handle.

Metal Hydroforming Experiments

Metal Hydroforming Experiments

Hydroforming is the process of shaping metal structures by inflating them with pressurized water or air. Maker Connor Holland has been experimenting with the technique, and shared this compilation of some of the more interesting and satisfying results. The pillow one looks like a metal whoopee cushion.

Madsteel Metal Spider Model

Madsteel Metal Spider Model
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This metal spider looks like some kind of creepy-crawly robo-arachnid. It’s made from dozens of tiny stainless steel parts and can be assembled or disassembled without glue. The finished model measures about 4.92″ x 4.92″ x 1.38″. They also make a more complicated steel scorpion kit.

State Bottle Openers

State Bottle Openers
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Celebrate your home state every time you pop open a cold one. Brandon and Erin Spangler’s handmade bottle openers are shaped like each of the United States. They’re plasma-cut from steel and finished with black oxide. Sizes vary based on the shape of your state of choice.

Nor-man Headphone Stand

Nor-man Headphone Stand
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Estonian design shop Udrik’s playful metal stand provides the perfect place to store your over-the-ear headphones. Serving as both a work of modern art and a functional accessory, the powder-coated steel and oak stand resembles an abstract human who is happy to wear your cans when you’re not using them.

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