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.
United Cutlery’s long-handled, spiked stainless steel hammer will tear through just about anything you smack with it, making it the perfect tool for demolition work, or fending off the undead while keeping them at more than arm’s-length, making you far less susceptible to being turned.
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.
(PG-13: Language) A while back, Joel Creates built a dangerously literal weapon that actually fires hot glue as projectiles. He’s since gone back to the drawing board, revamping its design so it fires a stream of molten glue, and making it a lot cooler to look at.
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.
In the right hands, a whip can be an incredibly painful and precise weapon. But most of the whips we’ve seen are made from leather or paracord. This TikTok clip posted by masterlolik_yt shows how a heavy length of chain can be even more dangerous as a whip as it literally makes oranges explode on contact. More here.
After wowing us with his Fallout Broadsider, replica maker Jairus of All is back with another impressive video game-inspired weapon. His real-world version of Kratos’s Blades of Chaos will give any God of War fan a thrill with their real metal blades and chains. Watch the build video series here.
NERF enthusiast Walcom S7 shows off the Rival Roundhouse XX-1500, a freakishly oversized, single-shot revolver that can carry up three rounds in each of its five magazines. It fires at up to 90 feet-per-second, and includes 15 Rival rounds. Given its size, it’s ideal for big hands.
Prop builder Odin Makes shows off one of his coolest and complex projects yet, a replica of the famed gravity gun from Half-Life 2. He based his design on a 3D digital model, then printed templates to create plastic and foam parts. More than 15 years after the game’s release, it’s still one of our favorite weapons ever.
An upgraded version of the Pocket Shot launcher with a sturdy aluminum chassis. It can fire projectiles with up to 3x the power of a slingshot, and features a gimbal that can pivot and swivel to help you aim with precision. Includes two pouches, a carrying case, and 200 plastic balls. (Must be 18+ to purchase.)
There’s nothing quite as joyous as the grin on Joerg Sprave’s face and his manaical laugh when he fires up one of his over-the-top homebrew weapons. In this clip, he shows off a few of his creations, a couple of commercially-available crossbows, and the real reason you came here, an insane drill-powered machine bow at 7:15.
Maker Jairus of All built an impressive replica of the Broadsider, a weapon from Fallout 76 that’s basically naval cannon you can carry around. The PVC weapon can actually fire, which he tested out in this video. If you’ve got the time to spare, check out the build video series here. Also, how many times did he say “stoichiometric?”
As we’ve seen before, it’s possible to make a weapon out of melted washers. But Hassan Abu-Izmero was challenged by a friend to build a viking axe by welding the washers together, rather than melting them down and forging them. The resulting axe looks super cool, and actually works thanks to its razor-sharp cutting edge.
SoSickWithIt’s nifty 3D-printed accessory converts your existing NERF guns into badass new mega weapons. The connector slides into rails to join up to four weapons into one, so you can quickly switch when one runs out of ammo. There’s also a two-weapon version top/bottom in top/bottom or side-by-side configs.
This stunning work of blacksmithing comes from Black Forge Knives. It’s made from 1095 and 15n20 damascus steel, attached to a hand-carved rosewood handle. It comes with a handcrafted leather sheath to protect its head when not in use. Measures 21.75″ overall length, with a 6.5″ cutting edge. (Must be 18+ to purchase.)
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.
The Pocket Shot is a modern spin on the slingshot. It uses a rubber pouch to hold and fire various projectiles at up to 350 ft. per second. This kit comes with a standard pouch, a Pro pouch, carrying case, and 200 plastic balls to practice with. (Must be 18+ to purchase.)
Weapon enthusiast Joerg Sprave shows off another really cool build. Dubbed the “Sliding Legolini,” this compact bow reloads and repeats with every draw. It can fire at a rate up to 140 arrows per minute, though it only has a 4 bolt capacity. Now, Joerg needs to build a magazine for this thing.
While the idea of a real-world lightsaber sounds awesome, the amount of power required makes the idea impractical. But to celebrate the release of Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, The Hacksmith came up with the next best thing, a battery-powered version of the predecessor of the weapon, known as a Protosaber. Demo at 14:03.
Mad inventor Colin Furze was asked by game maker Blizzard to replicate the Rip-Tire, a spinning weapon featured in Overwatch. His first version was entertaining, but not nearly as deadly as the one in the game. So with the help of a 600cc motorcycle engine, he built another version that is far more dangerous.
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.