THE BEST Swords

Making a Sword Belt

Making a Sword Belt

Inspired by the Jackie Chan movie The Spy Next Door, maker JLaservideo created a sword that stores like a belt. The tempered steel weapon works like a tape measure, bending around his waistline, then maintaining a semi-rigid shape when deployed. We’d be afraid of cutting ourselves pulling it out of its sheath.

Leaf Spring into Tanto Blade

Leaf Spring into Tanto Blade

Leaf springs from cars and trucks might not offer the best ride quality, but they make some pretty awesome weapons when recycled by a skilled bladesmith. Faraway Forge crafted a beautiful Japanese tanto-style knife from one such rusty piece of metal. We love how he kept the pitted texture as part of the finished piece.

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Dropping a Sword from a Tower

Dropping a Sword from a Tower

The guys from Australia’s How Ridiculous have made a business out of dropping stuff off of a 150-foot tower. In this clip, they got their hands on a massive sword built by Alec Steele and proceeded to put it to the test to see how deep it would plunge into things on the ground below. Perhaps most impressive is how durable the sword is.

Forging the Lothric Knight Sword

Forging the Lothric Knight Sword

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.

Nail into Sword

Nail into Sword

After digging up a rusty old nail from his yard, maker Bobby Duke transformed the nasty looking old piece of scrap metal into a beautiful miniature sword that’s fit for a tiny warrior. Along the way, he made a custom forge from a paint can, some concrete, and blow torches.

Forging a Rapier from Junk

Forging a Rapier from Junk

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.

Katana Bookends

Katana Bookends

Mustard’s playful metal bookends make it look like you’ve pierced your collection of books with a samurai sword. The trick to the illusion is that the metal hides inside of the end books, and the faux sword parts hold in place with magnets. They’re perfect for storing your copies of Bushido and The Art of War.

Forging a Glowing Katana

Forging a Glowing Katana

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.

Cardboard Cloud’s Buster Sword

Cardboard Cloud’s Buster Sword

Cloud’s Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII is one of the coolest weapons in gaming history. While a real world version would be too heavy to effectively wield, one made from cardboard is totally manageable. Watch as Crafty Transformer turns a bunch of corrugated paper into a lightweight replica of the iconic combat tool.

Forging the Witcher Sword

Forging the Witcher Sword

(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.

Making a Giant X-Acto Blade

Making a Giant X-Acto Blade

Ever since seeing The Sword of Exact Zero in The LEGO Movie, swordsmith Michael Cthulhu has contemplated making a larger-than-life X-Acto knife blade. With a sponsor in hand for his video, he finally took the time to make his cutting tool for giants a reality. He’s auctioning it off for charity to help save animals from Australia’s fires.

Forging Dragon Scales

Forging Dragon Scales

Russian YouTube channel Creative Forging shows off a neat technique for creating an awesome dragon scale patterned handle from a solid bar of steel. The trick involves making a series of 45º cuts into the metal, then heating it in a furnace and twisting it while still pliable.

Forging Asta’s Demon Dweller Sword

Forging Asta’s Demon Dweller Sword

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.

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Swordplay with Game Effects

Swordplay with Game Effects

YouTuber Misozi-Salaryman put together this great compilation of his swordplay and other martial arts action, and worked with editor Vasco to embellish the clip with appropriate video game style visual effects. We like to think there was some guy off camera mashing buttons.

Thanos Sword Blender

Thanos Sword Blender

A while back, The Hacksmith built an impressive replica of Thanos’ dual-ended sword, but it was quite difficult to wield. Now, they’ve put the thing to good use, securely connecting the weapon to a motor, building a cinder block shield around it, and turning it into the world’s largest (and most terrifying) blender.

DIY Hardwood Flooring Katana

DIY Hardwood Flooring Katana

Bob Clagett of I Like to Make Stuff admittedly isn’t a weapon-making expert, but he sure knows his way around a bandsaw. In this clip, he shows us how he used some scraps of hardwood flooring to create a wooden practice katana with some very impressive results.

Splitting an Arrow in Slow-Mo

Splitting an Arrow in Slow-Mo

The Slow Mo Guys decided to steal a page from the guys at Corridor and used a katana to slice an arrow in half. But in their clip, they captured the feat in front of the lens of an ultra high-speed camera. We have no idea how Gav manages to connect with such ease.

Making Thanos’ Sword

Making Thanos’ Sword

Odin Makes built a replica of Thanos’ sick double-bladed sword from Avengers: Endgame out of his usual craft and found materials. He used PVC pipes, an old fiberglass rod and of course craft foam to make a lightweight 7ft sword.

Common Sword Types Poster

Common Sword Types Poster

This handy wall chart includes silhouettes of a variety of swords, so you can finally tell the difference between a dadao, a cutlass, and a dao at a glance. Available in various sizes, and also an inverted white-on-black version from Etsy seller Zapista.

Making DmC 5’s Devil Sword Dante

Making DmC 5’s Devil Sword Dante

Master & Apprentice present what they think is the coolest thing they’ve made so far. It’s a life-size and ultra detailed replica of the Devil Sword Dante from Devil May Cry 5. The 33 lb sword is made from wood, plastic, metal and has LEDs.

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Gratiator Cheese Grater

Gratiator Cheese Grater

Even the hardest blocks of parmesan and romano won’t stand a chance when they face off against Peleg Design’s mighty kitchen implement, inspired by the shape of a classic Roman battle sword. Makes a great display, Excalibur style in a block of cheese.

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.

Forging Soul Edge & Soul Calibur

Forging Soul Edge & Soul Calibur

With Soul Calibur‘s 20th anniversary and Soul Calibur VI‘s impending release, Man at Arms: Reforged decided to make the series’ two most iconic swords. Their work on both the Soul Edge and Soul Calibur are some of the most complicated we’ve ever seen.

Overwatch Ultimate Genji Sword

Overwatch Ultimate Genji Sword

Now you can own Genji’s badass illuminated sword, thanks to Blizzard itself. The officially licensed Overwatch Ultimate Genji Sword is 48″ long and lights up just like the original. It also has sound effects that trigger when you swing the sword or hit something with it.

Forging Skyrim’s Dawnbreaker

Forging Skyrim’s Dawnbreaker

“Mortals call it Dawnbreaker…” Man at Arms: Reforged revisit the world of Elder Scrolls and replicated Skyrim‘s undead-slaying enchanted sword. The Dawnbreaker pushed the team to the limit, but the result looks like it was worth the effort.

Forging Rurouni Kenshin’s Katana

Forging Rurouni Kenshin’s Katana

Man at Arms: Reforged‘s latest build is the iconic sakabatou, or the reverse blade katana from Rurouni Kenshin aka Samurai X. They also go over the sword’s meaning as well as historical trivia about swordsmiths and samurai.

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