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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.

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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.

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?

Hot Shot Firestarter Card

Hot Shot Firestarter Card

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.

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.

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.

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.

Heartwork Active Duty Assistant Cabinets

Heartwork Active Duty Assistant Cabinets
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These sturdy and stylish steel cabinets offer a great way to keep your home or office organized. Each one is made to order from 18/20 gauge steel and features soft-close hinges, adjustable shelves, and smooth-gliding, locking casters. They come in 36″W x 18″D x 30″H and 36″W x 18″D x 60″H sizes in 10 powder-coated colors.

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Lightoller Damascus Steel EDC Folding Knife

Lightoller Damascus Steel EDC Folding Knife
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This unique knife is named for Charles Lightoller, who helped women and children onto lifeboats on the Titanic and later rescued 127 men at Dunkirk. The compact EDC knife has a 1.9″ Damascus steel blade with a twist pattern. Its handle combines Damascus steel and rosewood. Includes a full-grain leather sheath.

Forging a Copper Damascus Bowie Knife

Forging a Copper Damascus Bowie Knife

Typically, Damascus patterned metal is made entirely from steel. But it looks even more amazing with copper folded in. Tyrell Knifeworks walks us through the process of forging a gorgeous bowie knife by welding then pressing together layers of the mixed metals. The colors in the handle look awesome with the blade.

Colin Furze’s Secret Tunnel

Colin Furze’s Secret Tunnel

Several years back, inventor Colin Furze built an awesome underground bunker. He’s always wanted a way to get from his workshop into the bunker, so he decided to build a steel-walled underground tunnel to connect the two spaces. He’s been working on the project for a long time, and it’s finally complete. Watch the full build here.

Making a Stainless Steel 8-Ball

Making a Stainless Steel 8-Ball

A normal pool ball is made from polyester or phenolic resin, which makes them hard and durable. But the idea of playing billiards with metal balls intrigues us. My Mechanics rises to the challenge with this impressive stainless steel and brass 8-ball he made from scratch. We’d love to see a complete set of balls made this way.

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.

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.

Apollo Modern Steel Fire Pit

Apollo Modern Steel Fire Pit
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Handmade from 1/4″ hot rolled steel, this modern and minimal fire pit should last a lifetime. It’s made from four sheets of metal that slide together for easy assembly, and its A36 steel is designed to patina over the years, from shades of silver into rich shades of orange and gold. They also make a stainless steel version.

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SwingTables

SwingTables
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Artist Greg Frehr creates these playful dining tables that replace ordinary chairs with swings. SwingTables have an outdoor-safe powder-coated steel frame, a wooden tabletop, and wooden swings to sit on. They come in 2-seat, 4-seat, 6-seat, and 8-seat variants and disassemble into sections for shipping. Cushioned seats are available.

Hot Riveting an Anvil Stand

Hot Riveting an Anvil Stand

Industrial Studio’s build video features the construction of a stand for his workshop’s anvil, and shows off one of the more satisfying methods of joining together steel – using molten hot rivets and an industrial press to smush them into place.

Hand Grenade vs. Steel Box

Hand Grenade vs. Steel Box

The guys from the Beyond the Press channel teamed up with the fabrication experts at Speweld to create a cube out of 2″ thick steel, then took it to a safe place to see what would happen if they set off a homemade grenade inside of it. We’re incredibly impressed by construction of the steel box.

Trusco ST-350-B Toolbox

Trusco ST-350-B Toolbox
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There’s something to be said for this old school metal toolbox from Japan’s Trusco Nakayama. It offers a classic look, a durable steel body done up in a bold blue, and a smooth-opening double-hinged top. Its two-level design keeps small items organized separately from larger ones.

Diesel Fish Rope Tie

Diesel Fish Rope Tie

Fishbone’s metal gadget is designed for knotless joining and tying of ropes and straps. It holds up to 0.5″ rope or 1″ flat webbing, and has built-in neodymium magnets for stacking and storage. Available in stainless steel or lightweight aluminum. They also make a mini version for 0.25″ or smaller rope or paracord.

Damascus Steel Dice

Damascus Steel Dice
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King Cobra Blades Art handmakes these unique damascus steel 6-sided dice. Each one features a distinctive pattern made by forging and folding layers of metal together numerous times. They come in 16mm, 20mm, and 1″ sizes. They also make some beautiful damascus knives and rings.

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