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: Clean a sword with butter and rubbing alcohol

With just a little butter and rubbing alcohol you can clean a sword to a beautiful bright shine. This video tutorial will demonstrate the process to clean a sword with butter and rubbing alcohol. Just beware that the sword in this video is dull and you should never wipe the blade as demonstrated with a sharp knife or sword, unless you don't care much about your fingers.

How To: Throw a knife, combat style

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to throw a knife as a combat style. Knife throwing is a combat skill that involves the user to be skilled in the art of throwing knives, the weapons thrown and a target. Viewers will learn all the techniques to throw a knife such as: how to grip the knife, the wrist action, the finger action and the release of the knife. Viewers will learn different throwing techniques. It provides a slow-motion demonstration of each technique. This video will benefit...

How To: Do a "basic twirl to thumb over" balisong knife trick

Watch this video tutorial to see how to do a "basic twirl to thumb over" balisong knife trick. The balisong knife, commonly referred to as the butterfly knife, has been portrayed negatively by the media and as a result has been outlawed in many areas throughout the the United States. The balisong knife is frequently associated with gangs and violence for no legitimate reason, but merely because it's frequently a "bad guy" weapon in movies and television.

How To: Latch drop a balisong knife

This video is to show how to perform a latch drop move with your balisong, otherwise known as the butterfly knife. This instructional is meant for beginners. If you don't already own the knife in the video, it's a Benchmade model 42. 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: 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: Make a lightweight throwable paper Kunai knife

In this video tutorial, you'll find out how to make a lightweight throwable paper Kunai knife. It's easy to get all the pieces together and takes maybe an hour or two to place everything where it needs to go. So sit back, take notes, and enjoy. Oh, and please don't use this to intentionally hurt anybody or anything! Good luck!

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 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: Throw a paper kunai knife

A paper kunai knife is a cool little weapon. It is easy to make, won't really hurt anyone and is fun to throw. Check out this tutorial and learn how to get the best toss out of your paper knife. It might be a little tricky at first but you will get it with practice.

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: 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: 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: Make a knife handle

This video has no vocal instructions, but shows a man carving/chopping a knife handle out of wood using only what appears to be an ax. His control over his chopping is amazing and he seems to be well practiced in this craft.

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...

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: 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.

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