Hot Knives & Swords How-Tos

How To: Do a palm spin with a trick knife

Hold the knife in the palm of your hand and push it with your index finger, let gravity proceed with rotating the knife, this is basically a 'grip switch' and not a complex twirl or spin. To practice, it is recommended to use a knife with a dull blade, this reduces the chance of cutting yourself on accident, and once you get comfortable with a dull blade, you can move onto a razor sharp blade, however careful use is highly advised.

How To: Make Your Knife as Sharp as the Devil Himself

This article is written for those of you who are not satisfied with just having a sharp knife, and for those of you who would like to make your knife as sharp as the devil himself. There are many ways to sharpen a knife, and my method is just one of many, so before we begin, let me explain the pros and cons of this particular sharpening method.

How To: Spray paint your pocket knife

Just like with painting the inside of your home, spray painting certain items can add new life to anything. But like regular painting, you need to have the time and proper preparation needed before you apply any paint on whatsoever. In this tutorial, you'll find out how you can spray paint your pocket knife in a short amount of time. So good luck and enjoy!

How To: Make a knife really sharp

If you own a knife, it's important that you keep it as sharp as possible. Having a dull knife can be troublesome since it may be more difficult to use. In this video tutorial, you'll find out how to make a knife really sharp using the appropriate material found at certain stores. Good luck, be careful and enjoy!

How To: Perform spins with a basic iaido sword correctly

This video tutorial will show you how to perform spins with a basic iaido sword correctly, safely and easily. It's a semi-detailed video lesson on basic sword spins in iaido, which is a Japanese martial arts associated with smooth, controlled movements of drawing a sword from a scabbard, striking an opponent, removing blood from a blade and returning the blade to the scabbard. Also, these techniques are used in the Korean martial art of Haedong Kumdo ?? ??.

How To: Make a cord-grip knife handle

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a cord-grip knife handle. You will need some paracord to do this. Use two separate pieces to cover the entire handle so it's comfortable and not just wrapped around. This is a grip that swords have and the way they turn. The grip should feel very soft and comfortable to handle. This is also great if you are out in the wild and need some extra paracord, you can untie it from your knife and use it. You can apply it to the knife by hand or by using a vice. ...

How To: Do a Charlie Chaplin with butterfly knife or balisong

Balisongs (sometimes known as butterfly knives) are one of the most dangerous and also most fun to play with types of knives in the world. They're even illegal in many places! If you have one though, chances are you're itching to learn some cool new tricks that you can do with it's awesome spinning folding blade. This video will show you how to do a Charlie Chaplin, or continuous finger roll, trick with you knife, which consists of you spinning the knife around your finger continuously withou...

How To: Remove rust from your knife

The Red Hawk 123 demonstrates how to remove rust from a laminated steel knife. Rust can accumulate on a knife from a day's worth of exposure to damp conditions. To remove the rust, use water, baking soda, a rust prevention oil compound and an old toothbrush. Scrub the rust off the knife using the toothbrush, baking soda and water. Baking soda is adhesive and noncorrosive which is why it is able to easily remove the rust from the knife. This method will remove patina from the knife blade. To p...

How To: Make a handle & sheath for your sword

Learn how to make a handle and sheath for your sword. Swords are not toys. They are very dangerous and can cause serious injury or death when used improperly. Extreme caution should be used with these utilities and children should always be supervised by an adult when dealing with power tools and / or swords.

How To: Do a Y2K trick with butterfly knife or balisong

Balisongs (sometimes known as butterfly knives) are one of the most dangerous and also most fun to play with types of knives in the world. They're even illegal in many places! If you have one though, chances are you're itching to learn some cool new tricks that you can do with it's awesome spinning folding blade. This video will show you how to do a Y2K, a cool intermediate-difficulty spinning move that looks very, very cool.

How To: Wrap a knife handle with lanyard

Cord wrapping your knife to make a lanyard is a great way to add utility to your hunting knife while also making it easier to carry. 1. Tape a 10-foot long piece of cord to the underside of the knife handle, about an inch from the blade, so that a foot of cord hangs off the side of the tape near the bottom of the handle, and about nine feet hangs off on the side of the blade. 2. Wrap the nine-foot piece of cord tightly around the knife handle, starting a half inch above the tape, with each lo...

How To: Do basic Tsuka-Maki (wrap the tsuka) on a katana

Ever hear of Tsuka-Maki? Nope? Well, Tsuka-Maki literally means the art of wrapping the tsuka, which is the hilt or sword handle. There is a mighty elogance and complexity to Tsuka-Maki, but this video tutorial will show you how to do basic Tsuka-Maki. You can do this on your katana, but realize this is the basic form of wrapping the hilt or handle. If you want a more permanent wrap or are wrapping a higher end sword, use hishigami.

How To: Draw and return a basic iaido sword correctly

This video tutorial will show you how to draw and return a basic iaido sword correctly, safely and easily. It's a semi-detailed video lesson on proper postures to draw and return the sword in iaido, which is a Japanese martial arts associated with smooth, controlled movements of drawing a sword from a scabbard, striking an opponent, removing blood from a blade and returning the blade to the scabbard.

How To: Wrap a strider knife with a paracord rope style

If you just purchased a breacher bar for your survival kit, and the handle isn't wrapped, read on and you will find an easy solution to doing it yourself. An EOD breacher bar is a military surplus multi-use hand tool, used by bomb technicians, SWAT members and police officers, for prying, cutting, or pounding. It is a bare metal bar with no wrapping on the handle. Brian, from ITSTactical, performs a demonstration for wrapping a breacher bar using the Strider knife wrap technique. Implementing...

How To: Sharpen knives with convex blades

"Using Barker knife and tool settler" to sharpen. If you are unsure of what angle to sharpen, take the knife and slide it along the strop, tilting the knife up until the edge catches. Turn the strop over. start sharpening, tip first. It's a lot easier. Don't use much pressure. Just the pressure of the weight of the blade. Slip the blade back and forth across the strop about 6 times. Knife should be sharp. that's all there is to it.

How To: Perform balisong knife tricks

This two-part video tutorial will show you how to perform balisong knife tricks, like the hell bent move, finishing with the FHO aerial trick. So, run out and get yourself a butterfly knife (balisong) and start practicing these tricky tricks. Other tricks shown are the Qigong Kugeln, balls moves, skateboard ollies in-between a diabolo trick, and a stick / pen trick in-between.

How To: Throw a shuriken piranha ninja star

Check out this video tutorial to see how to throw a ninja star. You will see how to handle the dangerous ninja stars, like the six-pointed throwing star and the piranha four-pointed throwing star. Take the sharp start the hold it with your forefinger and thumb so that you aren't cutting yourself. Get into the right body position and be prepared to throw the shuriken ninja star.

How To: Make a homemade sword on a budget

So, you want to make a sword but don't have the means or money? Nonsense. You can make one at home with the help of everyday tools & materials. In this five-part tutorial, learn how to make your very own homemade sword at home. Materials and tools needed include: Two and half foot piece of weldable steel, adjustable plyers, electrical tape, spray paint (cosmetic - optional), bench grinder, 600B ultra fine sandpaper, 320B sandpaper, 320C sandpaper (this paper is not water resistant), a sanding...

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