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An Actual Blacksmith Explains Why You Should Strike While the Iron Is Hot

You have to strike while the iron is hot. You can’t have too many irons in the fire. It has a nice ring to it. Go at something hammer and tongs. These are all idioms that have origins in blacksmithing, so Scott Wadsworth of Essential Craftsman decided to literally show us what all those idioms look like when performed in real life and explain how they are related to their meaning. Read More >>

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Forging a Beautiful Sword from a Crowbar Is Very Clever Idea

If you think about it, a crowbar already comes vaguely sword-shaped (or as sword-shaped as any long metal tool can be). You just need to hammer down the curved end of the crowbar to create a hilt, and then sharpen the straight edge to create the blade. Read More >>

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Blacksmith Makes a Rad Throwing Knife Out of Rebar

If you try hard and believe in yourself, anything can be a knife—but turning rebar into a legit-as-hell kunai is a fresh take. Read More >>

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Let Your Brain Take a Nap While This Guy Builds a Kickass Japanese Utility Knife

What a week it has been. Time to go into an elective waking coma while this guy makes a crazy-looking knife with skill and precision. Read More >>

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A Modern Knifemaker’s Badass Take on an Ancient Samurai Dagger

Modern knives have something distinctly badass about them. Maybe it’s the materials. Maybe its the sleek ergonomic handles. But they also seem to be missing the sense of personality and specialness apparent in the work of ancient Japanese bladesmiths. Read More >>

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Inside the Fiery Workshop of a 21st Century Swordmaker

Down a stretch of country road in upstate New York there is a shed. The shed itself is nothing spectacular, a whitewash number with years of weathering. But inside sparks fly, fires breathe, and slabs of steel are fashioned into capable killing machines. This is Odinblades, a grimy shrine to the ancient art of swordmaking. Read More >>

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These Machines Can Turn Iron Bars Into Silly Putty

I love machines that can grab any piece of iron and twist it like it's silly putty -- trust crazy German blacksmiths to come up with the Hebo system. Read More >>