Normally, these videos only elicit a shrug in me, but some are just really captivating. In the latest video, the Backyard Scientist created a rail to act as a track for a knife to be shot 150 miles per hour at an object. To add to the insanity, he also heated the knife up to a temperature of about 1000 degrees before it’s propelled.
There’s no shortage of bizarre things on the internet that seem to take off out of nowhere, but the latest craze centers around knives.
Here’s how the latest knife-related internet sensation works: a knife is heated up to extreme temperatures with blowtorches and is then used to cut all types of objects. Seems simple (and kind of stupid, frankly) but there’s something oddly satisfying about watching a knife cut through objects like hot butter.
Now the knife community finally has some vindiction for all those times we’ve used a freshly sharpened knife to slice a tomato with minimal effort or shave armhair with a gentle sweep.
For a movie that’s more than 55 years old, it’s astounding just how prevalent and instantly recognizable Psycho is—particularly the iconic music. If you’ve never seen it, Psycho is a horror film about a woman who ends up in a motel with its disturbed owner, Norman Bates.
The theme song is downright menacing. So how do you make this dread-invoking score even more frightening? Make knives an instrument.
There are few people I admire more than Joerg Sprave. Not only is the dude always enjoying life but he comes up with and creates the most insanely cool weapons.
For those who don’t know, Joerg Sprave is the proprietor of The Slingshot Channel on YouTube. It’s there you can take a look at some of his uniquely original and highly functional creations. He’s basically Dennis the Menace on steroids. He uses wood and rubber bands in nearly all of his designs and often stretches the definition of a slingshot.
Cold Steel has taken some hits over the years from hard-core knife enthusiasts.
First, some people were turned off by president Lynn Thompson’s proclamations of the best knives around. Then, others complained about issues with quality control. Many are not on board with the fact that the knives come from places like Taiwan and China. Finally, Cold Steel’s recent lawsuit against CRKT for making unfounded marketing claims riled up people even more.
Say what you will about Cold Steel, but the company does put out some durable knives. Cold Steel just has to put their heads down and let their knives speak for themselves (something I said in the article about the lawsuit).
Well, it looks like Cold Steel is taking my advice and letting their knives speak for themselves instead of going after other company’s marketing tactics.
Man at Arms: Reforged is a video series on YouTube that tasks a team of blacksmiths and craftsmen with making some of the most outrageous swords and weapons from pop culture.
They’ve done a lot of crazy creations like the Zelda Double Helix Sword, but the latest video sees one of their biggest swords ever: Guts’ Pre-Dragonslayer Sword.
While I typically have some fondness for the weapons created on the series, I must admit I am not familiar with the Berserk manga series, but I do have an appreciation for the creation of knives. (I do understand that this is actually a Pre-Dragonslayer sword and not the actual Dragonslayer sword wielded by Guts.)
For me, these Man at Arms videos from AWE me have always been more about the process because we get an inside look on how the weapons are made. In this video, we even get the bonus of seeing them create and scavenge for new ways to do things because the sword is so massive.
Let me start off by saying that if you’re only interested in seeing a badass sword get made, skip a few paragraphs. For all you gamers and nerds, stick around.
So this might be a controversial statement, but I think Majora’s Mask is the best Zelda game of all time. Sure, Ocarina of Time laid out this new three dimensional world of Hyrule, but the darker themes and unique premise of its successor really struck a chord with me.
If you frequent Knife Depot, you know we’re a fan of all things badass (see our Badass Knife of the Week series), and fewer things in life are more badass than master blacksmith Tony Swatton.
We’ve covered Swatton’s creations on the Cutting Edge a number of times, but when you keep creating knives and swords of note, we’re going to keep writing about you.
Every other Monday he releases a video via AWE me that shows himself (with the help of his team) forging weapons from video games, television and movies, and his most recent creation is the Lich King’s Frostmourne from World of Warcraft.
Ever since I was a young boy watching the X-Men cartoons Saturday mornings, Wolverine was always my favorite X-Man.
Is there anyone reading this who wouldn’t want the ability to heal quickly and have knives built into their body? Most of us already carry around knives anyway so why not take out the middleman?
Over the years, people have been working on making the best functional Wolverine claws with a lot of poor attempts along the way. Earlier this month, however, the crazy inventor and video guy Colin Furze made some pretty awesome claws that retract and engage on command.
Space: the final frontier. This is the story of a Swiss Army knife and a weather-balloon. Its four-minute journey: to reach new heights and challenging conditions, to boldly go where no knife has gone before.
How does a young man from Halifax, Nova Scotia, end up spending almost half of his life in Japan? The answer to that is threefold: drive, passion and knives.
At 18, Murray Carter of Carter Cutlery ended up in Japan where he basically fell into an apprenticeship with a 16th generation Yoshimoto bladesmith. Carter is now officially a 17th generation Yoshimoto bladesmith, meaning he’s only one of a handful of people who can trace their work and techniques back to one of the traditional bladesmithing families of Japan.
His knives can now cost upwards of several thousand dollars, but his journey onto this path is very unique. The filmmakers over at Cineastas made a compelling film about his journey and the importance of dreams. Check it out.
A few weeks back, we told you about a man who forges iconic swords and weapons from movies with an emphasis on functionality. That means his creations are made to be used in combat (or chopping pineapples and cans of soda in half, which are what the demonstrations consist of).
Well, master swordsmith and propmaster Tony Swatton is back this week with his latest creation: Sting from The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings.
In case you’re one of the few people who hasn’t seen the four (soon-to-be five) films or read the decades-old books, Sting is a dagger forged by elves in Gondolin. The dagger, which is basically a sword for the miniscule hobbits, has the magical ability to glow blue to indicate when the humanoid beasts called orcs are nearby.
If I’ve lost you with all the nerdiness, let’s get straight to the point: this blacksmith made a functional replica of a badass dagger/sword from a movie. If you’re the collector-type and would like the actual prop used in The Lord of the Rings movies, you can buy the original at an upcoming auction. However, be prepared to shell out anywhere between $100,000 and $200,000.
Like most people who carry knives, sometimes a pocket knife with a three-inch blade simply won’t cut it. That’s where larger knives like the S&W dagger pocket knife or even the huge Cold Steel Espada XL come in handy. Still, for the times when those just aren’t quite big enough, one man has created a pocket knife with a machete-sized blade.
Joerg Sprave, the man who created the knife chainsaw and machete slingshot, dreamed up the massive pocket knife shortly after Halloween of 2012. We know we’re a little late on this, but it’s a creation worth revisiting. And before you criticize this guy for imagining something so bizarre and not entirely useful, he created it as a kind of joke.
The massive pocket knife features a full-length machete blade and uses rubber to hold the blade open and closed. The best part about it is that since it doesn’t use a true locking mechanism, he can legally carry the pocket knife in Germany.
When I was young, I desperately wanted to be a video game designer and imagine up fantastical worlds with crazy weapons. While my dream never came true, I’m still able to do the next best thing: enjoy the games and worlds other people create.
It’s always easier to think of an idea for a game or weapon than create something in real life, but who hasn’t wanted something from a video game to become reality. Fortunately for all the gamers out there, master swordsmith and propmaster Tony Swatton will make your dreams come true.
For the past few months, Tony Swatton has been the subject of a YouTube series known as “Man at Arms” in which he recreates some of the weapons from popular media like Raphael’s Sais from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and the Batarangs from “The Dark Knight.” While you can already get many replicas of these weapons from around the web—and from your very own Knife Depot—the difference between Swatton’s weapons are that they’re fully functional. These are designed to be used and withstand force.
If there was just one thing the label “Do Not Try This At Home” was invented for, it’s this video.
A group of Swedish performers known as the Tumba Ping Pong crew released an amazing video that shows a guy hitting chef knives with a ping pong paddle and an emotionless Miss Ping catching them with similar paddles. The video culminates with a maneuver that would make William Tell swoon.
Now we get to the ultimate question: real or fake?
Still, regardless of whether these videos are real or fake, it’s always awesome to see them for the first time. If this is real, it’s a great showcase of skill and concentration. But even if it’s not, it’s a very creative skit with convincing camera trickery.
Check out the video below. What do you think? Real or fake?
The popularity and obsession with zombies has grown exponentially over the years. And while many might be tired of talking about something that will never happen (probably), one of the best parts is the array of unique weapons designed to deal with the brain-hungry monsters.
No man is more imaginative and great at dreaming up awesomely unnecessary weapons than Joerg Sprave.
The same guy who brought you such amazing monstrosities as the machete slingshot and knife chainsaw has concocted an effective zombie killing device called the Brain Slicer. Basically, these are arrowheads designed to pierce a human skull and slice through as much brain as possible.