MAKING A BOWIE KNIFE WITH TWIST DAMASCUS!!! Part 1

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  • Published: 03 May 2018
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Comments • 1 049

  • Chris N Chips
    Chris N Chips  1 weeks back

    why didnt he just buy poles of metal instead of drawing a billet out?

    • Grant Hagen
      Grant Hagen  2 weeks back

      Bowie knife best knife

      • Safety Last
        Safety Last  3 weeks back

        I just realized that you could use this twist method to make bolts

        • Jack Ladig
          Jack Ladig  4 weeks back

          Because somthing will take a long time is not a excuse not to do it

          • Michael Neely
            Michael Neely  1 months back

            For a limey you do good work

            • Bernardo Fernandes Schiffer

              Damascus maniac

              • Seth Tamwood
                Seth Tamwood  1 months back

                What happens if you make twist damascus, but then bend it until it's folded in half or thirds and reforge, then twist again? Does that make a neat pattern, or is it just overkill?

                • Im a Panda
                  Im a Panda  2 months back

                  You remind me alot like jazza...but the blacksmith version

                  • Jay Schiller
                    Jay Schiller  2 months back

                    Do you ever miss the pilkington?

                    • Marcus Burger
                      Marcus Burger  2 months back

                      Weiss jemand wie es Kevin geht?

                      • Mike Makuh
                        Mike Makuh  2 months back

                        Why don't you shut your mouth, turn off all that crappy music, and get the job at hand done?

                        • matrix26uk
                          matrix26uk  3 months back

                          At last, someone that can pronounce Bowie properly

                          • Andrew
                            Andrew  3 months back

                            Avoid cracks- see 7:08. Job is amazing))

                            • Gilbert Osborne
                              Gilbert Osborne  3 months back

                              Can’t you just twist them all clockwise then flip 2 upside down?

                              • night-_- shadowxx
                                night-_- shadowxx  3 months back

                                Or if you work in a book company you can read the book for free :p

                              • Michael Royer
                                Michael Royer  3 months back

                                I have to say, Liam Hoffman's book "Forged" helped me IMMENSELY in setting up my first little backyard workshop. He also offers some invaluable advice about the learning curve when starting this trade

                                • John John
                                  John John  3 months back

                                  Never seen a forger with a full face ventilator mask. I mean idk what's in your shop but its just unusual to me. You do you I'm not trying to bash or nothin just thought it out of the ordinary

                                  • Jack M
                                    Jack M  3 months back

                                    Lmao the "twist and shout" song

                                    • Angus Kong
                                      Angus Kong  3 months back

                                      Aleec,why do use a stick in this video Bose a might or tig to tac them together?

                                      • Ron Finley
                                        Ron Finley  3 months back

                                        For twisting couldn't you use an impact driver and just shape one end to fit in a socket

                                        • Cody Price
                                          Cody Price  3 months back

                                          Hey sir keep it up I really enjoy your Channel have you ever thought about cold rolled steel

                                          • Cody Hardin outdoors
                                            Cody Hardin outdoors  4 months back

                                            Make a sword hand forging

                                            • Colonial Roofing of North Carolina

                                              Lol counter clockwise

                                              • trife life
                                                trife life  5 months back

                                                Make a something to send to your fans 😉

                                                • Elion Kilos
                                                  Elion Kilos  5 months back

                                                  mate, move back home, your accent is fading with every video hahaha

                                                  • The Visionarie Girl
                                                    The Visionarie Girl  5 months back

                                                    Can you make a bow and arrow out of Damascus.

                                                    • Console Peasant
                                                      Console Peasant  5 months back

                                                      Oh snap this was uploaded on my birthday 👀

                                                      • Daniel Nunya Bidnezz
                                                        Daniel Nunya Bidnezz  5 months back

                                                        The twisting close-ups montage... that's some good VSMR. :-)

                                                        • alan snack bar
                                                          alan snack bar  6 months back

                                                          Why don’t you go on forged in fire?

                                                          • Stephen Petersen
                                                            Stephen Petersen  6 months back

                                                            I just realized something, Alec is the top gear of forge welding. You don't have to a die hard blacksmith to enjoy the cinematography.

                                                            • Jacob Shumway
                                                              Jacob Shumway  6 months back

                                                              You should make a double sided axe

                                                              • Sam Harper
                                                                Sam Harper  6 months back

                                                                Alec, what do I do if I want a 3/16" kiss block?

                                                                • UStinman 84
                                                                  UStinman 84  6 months back

                                                                  Your work is amazing Your videos of the best Unbelievable content Thanks for sharing

                                                                  • russ533mj
                                                                    russ533mj  6 months back

                                                                    Plugging Liam on your channel......good show!

                                                                    • smith8926
                                                                      smith8926  6 months back

                                                                      How about doing a twist with a tear drop pattern?

                                                                      • Zoekagames
                                                                        Zoekagames  6 months back

                                                                        do you even twist bro

                                                                        • Hdjd Bdjd
                                                                          Hdjd Bdjd  6 months back

                                                                          Is the flaking bad ?

                                                                          • Ben Nixey
                                                                            Ben Nixey  6 months back

                                                                            can anyone tell me how I can get one of Alec's hammers. i checked the wedsite but couldn't find anything other than shirts and mugs and stuff like that.

                                                                            • Logan Ketron
                                                                              Logan Ketron  6 months back

                                                                              He always uses WAY too much steel....

                                                                              • mark jackson
                                                                                mark jackson  6 months back

                                                                                your videos have easily become some of my favorites to watch

                                                                                • Galileo FaVulcann
                                                                                  Galileo FaVulcann  7 months back

                                                                                  What is the white powder you always put on Damascus? Sorry if I sound stupid, I'm curious.

                                                                                  • Tychohuybers
                                                                                    Tychohuybers  6 months back

                                                                                    It's flux, it's used when forge welding because if a piece of steel is covered in the stuff, it can't oxidize.
                                                                                    If you don't use it, your damascus probably won't even forge weld, but if it does, you'll be left with a very clear black line between two layers.

                                                                                • that kid
                                                                                  that kid  7 months back

                                                                                  You should challenge yourself by making a Damascus sword

                                                                                  • hans DE SMET
                                                                                    hans DE SMET  7 months back

                                                                                    What about a Napoleontic Saber....?

                                                                                    • Anti Antifa terrier
                                                                                      Anti Antifa terrier  7 months back

                                                                                      I think my favorite thing about these videos is watching the scale flake off.....hahahahaha @ 8:18 just as I’m typing this Alec said his favorite thing is watching the scale flake off😄

                                                                                      • Nicolas Mureau
                                                                                        Nicolas Mureau  7 months back

                                                                                        Just a question for anyone that could know : is there a French translated version of the "Forged" book ? I'd love to read it but i'm not THAT familiar with reading in English, as a Frenchie who reads almost every book in French (the only exception would be like, Harry Potter or something) Thanks to anyone who can answer this, else i'm just gonna buy it anyway but yeah it'd be perfect to have a full understanding of it so it can guide me to my dream of being a good blacksmith. Also thanks for all the content u make Alec Steele, i've joigned ur channel for a little while now and everything u do is inspiring me for the future so thank you very much cuz u make me closer and closer of my dream by making me learn alot of things on blacksmithing :D

                                                                                        • Tyger Potter
                                                                                          Tyger Potter  7 months back

                                                                                          WHAT is that song?!
                                                                                          MUST add to Work Music!!

                                                                                          • matthew clark
                                                                                            matthew clark  8 months back

                                                                                            Why wouldn't you have milled the steel before surface grinding it it would have drastically cut down on the time

                                                                                            • Allen Morris
                                                                                              Allen Morris  8 months back

                                                                                              Damn Austen powers had a kid!!!