Do I post far too many videos from YouTuber kiwami japan? Probably. Am I going to stop? Probably not.
Kiwami japan is one of the most ingenious YouTubers out there, making knives from all types of bizarre materials. He doesn’t use regular materials like steel. Instead, he uses everything from Jell-O to aluminum foil.
In one of his most recent videos, he turns underwear into a knife. Yes, underwear.
Upcycling is the act of reusing unwanted products or waste to make something new and intriguing. Steve Miller of Miller Knives has made a YouTube career out of transforming found objects into interesting knives.
I honestly think one of his most recent videos features his best creation yet.
Miller acquired an old rabbit trap that was not only rusted beyond repair but illegal to use in Australia. So, he decided to turn it into a knife.
The Japanese knifemaker makes a functional and razor-sharp knife out of gelatin. That’s right, that soft liquidy substance made from extract from boiled skin, bones, and connective tissues of animals was turned into a knife.
Aluminum is one of the most commonly used metals. In fact, it is one of the most abundant elements on earth. So why is it that people never mention aluminum when making knife blades?
Well, despite being lightweight and durable, aluminum is extremely soft. That means a knife made from aluminum would dull quicker than you could sharpen it. But that hasn’t stopped some enterprising knifemakers from experimenting with aluminum blades.
In March, one of the most creative knifemakers in Japan made a fantastic kitchen knife out of a roll of aluminum foil.
Aside from that Japanese knifemaker, few are more skilled or creative at the videos turning everyday objects into knives than Steve Miller from Miller Knives. I’ve highlighted his videos in the past — such as the time he turned a rusty wrench into a knife or the time he made a folder out of a bullet — but he too took on the challenge of making a knife from aluminum foil.
KA-BAR the company is celebrating its 120th anniversary on April 29th. In honor of its amazing longevity, KA-BAR dove deep into the history of the brand — from inception in the late 1800s all the way to today.
This deep dive culminated in a four-part documentary series released over the past few weeks on the KA-BAR YouTube channel.
These four videos are exceptionally well-made and track the company through the decades as it responds to major events in U.S. history. KA-BAR got some actors to play historical figures in the company that really help you visualize the company.
I wrote my own brief history of the KA-BAR brand and a closer look into what makes the company so great a few years back. But even I learned a few new things about the brand from the video. For example, I’m glad the company didn’t keep the name Tidioute Cutlery.
I would have liked this documentary better had it been released as one video (since you get a minute intro at the beginning and about four minutes of credits at the end of each video).
If you were to ask most knife people what Cold Steel is best known for, they’d probably say those insane videos showing president Lynn C. Thompson and others cutting pieces of thick rope or chunks of meat with heavy metal playing in the background.
While Cold Steel has gone through quite a transformation over the years, bringing some of the strongest folding knives to the market and constantly trying to improve in every way, it will always be known for its over-the-top marketing.
According to legend, they started making the videos more than 30 years ago to prove just how strong their knives were. Cold Steel claims the videos “stunned the industry” with their graphic testing.
Viral videos are often lame, but every now and again a video permeates the knife community by perfectly capturing what we have known all along and what the world at large often forgets: knives are awesome.
Here’s the back story before we get into what I love about the video.
According to an interview with The Washington Post, 22-year-old Chelsey Ryan was hosting a party Labor Day weekend when she Snapchatted a video of her 5-year-old cousin who was being particularly rambunctious that day.
So much content exists out there that it’s easy to miss something that’s really cool and informative. Even a guy like me who’s paid to notice everything that goes on in the knife world can miss a thing or two. But some things are still cool even after they’re a little old.
Brandmade.TV is a YouTube channel that makes pretty interesting and in-depth videos on how famous products are made — like a Pelican Case, Samuel Adams Beer, and Pyrex Measuring Cup. Although the channel hasn’t put out videos for a year, three of the videos in the archives focused on iconic knives. Let’s take a look.
Buck 110 Folding Hunter
The 110 is one of the most iconic knives of all time and became so prevalent that any knife in that style is known as a Buck knife. The video features an interview with CJ Buck, who’s the chairman and CEO of the company, on the process the knives go through to get to their final state.
Wenger Swiss Army Knife
Remember Wenger? In case you don’t, Wenger was known as the maker of the “Genuine Swiss Army Knife” (vs. Victorinox’s “Original Swiss Army Knife” tagline) before it was bought out by its main competitor Victorinox in 2005. Then, in 2013, Victorinox announced that there would no longer be two separate brands and merged the two together under Victorinox. Although some Wenger designs still exists, they’re under a different name.