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Watch This Guy Fail While Cutting a Watermelon with a Sword


Knives are important, lifesaving tools that everyone should know how to use. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

More often than not, we see people completely misusing knives, swords, and axes in ways that not only make you scratch your head but also fear for their (and bystander’s) lives.

To help demonstrate how people shouldn’t use knives, we’re starting a new series of posts called #knifefails. These videos or images may involve bodily harm and property damage, so they aren’t always for the faint of heart. What all these videos do have in common is a lack of respect of blades.

We already have some posts in our archives that demonstrate irresponsibility with knives (including one last week in which a cohost on Fox & Friends threw an axe at someone), so we may revisit those in the future.

We’re kicking off things with a mild, but undeniably stupid knife fail.

A dude placed a whole watermelon on a cutting board on a glass patio table in his backyard as people excitedly waited for him to slice a watermelon in half with a large scimitar. He probably envisioned himself expertly slicing the melon in two, before serving it to the happy observers, who would be impressed by his sword-wielding capabilities.

Here’s what actually happened.

As you might expect, things didn’t turn out as planned (unless he planned to smash what looks to be a decently priced table).

What’s wrong with this picture? Well, if you’re planning on replicating the awesome Cold Steel test videos, you should probably start by using a solid but soft surface like a tree stump.

The moral of the story: If you think a few steps ahead of what might happen, you’ll generally avoid a #knifefail.


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  1. Robert Butterworth

    July 7, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    A 10th grade geometry student could see that the blade would contact the tables edge/frame at about the same time it touched the watermelon due to the curve in the blade and most Adults know that Safety Glass is the opposite of impact resistant so any sudden blow to it’s surface will cause it to crumble as it’s designed to do so this is not a blade fail but a Brain fail. This Scimitar and the Axe that was tossed at the West Point Drummer both had the misfortune to be handled by idiots.

    • Robert Butterworth

      July 7, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      After looking at the video a lot closer I can see that I’m wrong about the geometry and the blade did cut the melon, then busted the table top but I Stand by the remainder of My statement.

      • Tim

        July 7, 2015 at 1:28 pm

        It doesn’t take a genius to guess what could have happened. Even if it did survive the initial impact of slicing through the watermelon, anyone could see that the force of the scimitar on the table would surely shatter the glass, despite having a small cutting board underneath. Your comment about knives being handled by dolts is on point.


  3. Well, I guess in the heat of the moment it looked like a fun thing to try.

    But on the other hand, one should be conscious of their environment: The cutting board, about as small as can be; the table, distinctly glass, a material that hates nothing more but shock; the ‘swordmaster’, clearly having never done such a thing before, etc.

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