These days, it seems like we rarely go a week without some crazy blacksmith vying for YouTube view counts with an attention-grabbing blade design. Regardless of whether the skilled blacksmiths are recreating Jaime Lannister’s Sword from Game of Thrones or demonstrating the process of repurposing a circular saw blade into a usable knife design, we’re thankful for all of it.
More recently, J. Neilson of Neilson’s Mountain Hollow Custom Knives in Towanda, Pennsylvania forged a knife using “thousands of fish hooks and 1084 powder.”
Yes – fish hooks.
Although technically any metal – so long as it’s the right type – can be melted and forged into a blade, there’s something about “repurposed metal” materials and the process of forging them into a beautiful, usable object that will never fail to keep oddly captivating us: