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:

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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.