Put this chainsaw katana in the hands of Uma Thurman and the Kill Bill franchise would get cut down to just a 10-minute short film.
Seriously though, a katana with a chainsaw built into the edge of its blade sounds a little like overkill… although it’s purely for aesthetic purposes. Designed and built by Koss Workshop, the Titanium Chainsaw Katana is a purely decorative piece, designed to be hung on walls and admired for its craftsmanship and (slightly sadistic) beauty rather than used as a handheld WMD.
The video at the top of the article documents Koss’ entire process as he builds this justifiably bonkers sword from scratch (with timestamps generously factored in too). The katana’s blade comes from three sheets of metal sandwiched together – two 3mm titanium sheets on the outside, and a brass sheet in the middle. Koss then affixes a chainsaw chain on the cutting edge of the blade, drilling holes in the titanium and riveting the entire setup in place. I doubt the chainsaw actually cuts anything (you’d need to swing the sword at whiplash-inducing speeds to actually slice through stuff), although it does the one job it’s meant to pretty well – look intimidating.
The rest of the sword’s made from metal too, including the guard and grip. The grip comes with exposed screws that hold the tang of the blade within the handle, adding to its raw aesthetic. I’m guessing you could unscrew it for maintenance purposes too.
Once fabricated, Koss put up this batshit-crazy sword up for sale on his Etsy page, where it was promptly picked up by an eager customer – probably a Tarantino fan… and now a person of interest on FBI’s watchlist.
If you haven’t heard of Damascus Steel, here’s a good primer. In short, it’s a style of metallurgy with origins in Damascus (now modern Syria) that’s characterized by a beautifully marbled design made by forging two metals together to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Typically, as its name suggests… Damascus Steel is made from different types of steel (with different properties), although fold a little copper in and you’ve got something that looks even more amazing!
The video above captures the behind-the-scenes as Denis Tyrell, a Californian bladesmith, forges his Copper Damascus Bowie Knife. An interesting factoid about Damascus metals is that the true art of making this marbled metal was lost to history. Over the years, people began experimenting with different forging techniques to recreate the metal, and although there’s no way of knowing if any of those processes are authentic, the term Damascus Steel is loosely used to describe the metal. In this video, Tyrell forms a billet using Damascus Steel procured from fellow YouTuber Salem Straub. He proceeds to create a billet by sandwiching different sheets of metal together and welding their edges. The billet uses two Damascus plates, two copper plates, two 15N20 nickel steel plates, and a 1095 steel core right in the center of the metal ‘sandwich’.
Once forged in his kiln, Tyrell proceeds to cut out the knife’s profile and finish it off by grinding, sanding, etching, and polishing the blade. Once the blade’s ready, he carves the ornate handle out of different materials, using copper, mammoth molar, and an epoxy block from Oleg Bashkevich, known for making resin blocks for knife-handles. The resulting knife is an absolute beauty. The copper ‘scar’ running across the Bowie knife feels just perfect, as it almost resembles the lightning bolt running down David Bowie’s face in his album Aladdin Sane. I’m pretty sure that’s entirely coincidental, though! Tyrell alternates between selling his pieces either on Etsy or off his Instagram page. Sadly, this one already got snapped up by an eager buyer, but I’m keeping an eye out for his next piece!
A compact EDC at the right place and the right time can solve your needs. This is specifically true when you are outdoors and need to open a can or cut through the thick bushes in the woods. The scenarios can be endless, but the utility remains the same – a compact pocket knife that can double as your makeshift knife, bottle opener, tab opener, and more, depending on your ability to put it to good use. The best part of all? It fits into that tiny front pocket of your jeans and stays tucked there anytime you need to use it!
Here enters the Zootility ST-2 foldable pocket knife into the spotlight, reinforced with a unibody design thanks to the screw-less form factor. The multi-tool is a mere 0.080 inches thick, measures 3.51-inches in the closed configuration, and the open mode extends to 5.8-inches. ST-2 is crafted out of 440C stainless steel material, so you can bank on its strength for cutting even the hardest of materials with utter ease. One exciting feature of this EDC that will be important for frequent travelers is the patented FlyOff technology that allows you to remove the blade from the body quickly and forfeit it when you forget to take it out of your pocket at the airport. You’ll be able to get the replacement blade with ease, saving you from all the trouble.
The knife function is the primary one on the everyday carry tool, while the secondary functions like bottle/can opener and twist tab opener come in handy. Other than tucking it inside your coin pocket, we can hook it onto any buckles or backpack for adventure escapades. Truly, ST-2 is a thin tool destined for your EDC essentials!
You’ve got sliding blades, switchblades, even complicated blades triggered by linkages, but what Koss Workshop’s latest creation does is quite unique. The knife, literally titled ‘Weird Folding Knife’, sports a split handle design and a couple of linkages that allow the blade to slide in and out. The blade comes with a slot too, that keeps it aligned as you open and close the knife… and it’s entirely made from scratch using scrap metal and a fully-equipped metal workshop.
The Weird Folding Knife practically changes its entire silhouette as it opens and closes. The two-part handle separates to make way for the blade when closed and joins together seamlessly turning into a grip when the blade’s open. Made more as a hobby-piece than an actual knife meant for daily use, the Weird Folding Knife doesn’t come with a locking mechanism. Rather, it exists as a one-off proof-of-concept of how a knife’s handle could split apart to accommodate its blade. You can just see the GIF for yourself below.
The Weird Folding Knife comes with a two-part polished-brass handle and an 80mm W1-7 High Carbon Steel blade. When open, the entire knife measures 203mm, and when closed, is about the same length as the blade. What’s also rather clever about how the knife closes is that it manages to conceal the blade’s cutting edge between the two-part handles, making it safer.
Koss’ work of art, unfortunately, is only one of its kind, and got snapped up pretty much instantaneously by a passionate customer the minute it hit the Etsy store. However, the knifesmith’s pretty meticulously documented the entire knife-building process on his YouTube channel. View the entire process behind making the Weird Folding Knife in the video above. The video’s rather generously time-stamped too, so you can conveniently skip to the parts you find more interesting!
TOPS Knives know their exploits when it comes to knives – giving EDC enthusiasts exactly what they desire. As an everyday carry, knife is one tool virtually everyone needs – every once in a while. The smaller and easier it is to carry, the better it is. While many multi-tool EDC’s do have a knife tool – having one that is sharp as a sword, and maintaining a very small footprint is certainly a lucrative proposition. Meet the TOPS ALRT 01, a.k.a. The Anywhere Last Resort Tool which is a reliable EDC for anything from self-defense to conquering irks that come up every now and then.
The EDC maker has crafted the tactical knife to be a surprise self-protection tool and a utility knife that’ll never let your down. It can be worn as a neck knife, keychain or hung around the car’s steering column for iffy situations. The small knife has a hollow in middle to act as a grip for holding while also shedding the extra weight to keep it feather-light. Grip serrations, known as jimping, are there to provide extra grip – which is great. This in a way reminds me of the Japanese Kiridashi – thus I can bank on the woodworking and bamboo crafting abilities of the ALRT 01.
Being pocket-sized makes this knife so much practical as an EDC – ready to jump in to use when needed. It is crafted from 1095 carbon steel with a black traction coating on top to prevent rust. Of course, to carry it in your backpack or when not in use, it needs to be shielded. Therefore, the accessory comes with an equally slim scabbard. So, this EDC is for people who want a no-nonsense tactical knife that can get them through chalk and cheese!
Because nothing says I’m the boss around here like an over-the-top letter opener, this is the Alien Xenomorph Letter Opener from Diamond Select Toys and available on Amazon (affiliate link). I think it goes without saying it’s the perfect letter opener for playing the knife game (aka five-finger filet) like Bishop in the original Alien movie.
The 10″ long unit features a heavy base resembling the head of a xenomorph warrior, with the actual letter opener being a removable model of the alien’s inner jaw. Remember the first time you saw that in the original movie? It still gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Does anybody even use letter openers anymore? I just assumed they were a way to keep a weapon at your desk in the event your coworkers turn on you. I mean it’s not that hard to open an envelope, especially if you don’t care about what’s inside. ‘Probably just another past-due bill’ I exclaimed while accidentally ripping my second COVID stimulus check to shreds.
Pocket knives, especially from Victorinox or Leatherman’s likes, are made to do many things from a single unit. The Clipster shares this league, but it’s fashioned to do just what you want from the pocket knife – to cut through a range of things and clip onto the pants for storage convenience. The True Utility Clipster pocket knife can do the little chores a pocket knife can and then fit right into the pocket or bag when the task’s done. Some pocket knives come equipped with survival tools; however, the Clipster made from a single piece of high-grade 420 stainless steel features a clip-on design that can either be used to attach the knife to the belt or as a money clip while on the go.
True Utility manufactures pocket tools such as the Clipster to “provide a practical solution to everyday problems.” These are made in the UK with particular attention to quality and efficacy. This elegant foldable knife is efficient in cutting through packaging, chipping wires, or slicing through edibles. On the other hand, the wiggle-less design of the blade means it can help tinker with screws, slice wood, or a few other odd tasks you throw at it in the outdoors. The Clipster is pretty compact for its ability. It measures almost 5-inches long and is just 6.35mm thick. Interestingly, the form factor folds down to under 3-inches when folded. The total weight of the knife is only 0.1 lbs, and it’s a super-sharp folding knife right out of the box. The stylish body of the Clipster ensures a quick-release mechanism of the blade using a fingernail grip. The blade swivels out full 180-degrees before locking into position.
The knife features a secure blade lock to stay put in the open position (irrespective of the pressure applied while cutting or slicing). One simple downside is that you’ll have to keep the knife in the pocket (clipping to the belt may not be an option). The light-duty Clipster would also require you to remove the cash before opening the blade since the clip is on the working side of the knife. Nonetheless, it’s an elegant, affordable, and effective pocket knife for a host of applications.
A folding chopping board is more genius than you’d think! Imagine this… the board occupies the same amount of space as a rolling pin, but just when you need it, open it out and it unfolds into a beautiful surface to prep your veggies, chop up some fruits, or even butcher your meat. Plus, the mat curves up as you lift it, making it much easier to empty your chopped/diced/julienned food into a saucepan or skillet!
The uniquely flexible Trebonn Roll mat is made of two parts. Individual vertical strips made from a knife-friendly polymer, connected together by a flexible, food-grade, dishwasher-friendly silicone mat. The silicone is responsible for the mat’s hinges, and a magnetic closure at one end lets you snap the mat shut in place. Open it out and the mat unfolds to reveal a flat cutting surface… just make sure your knife-work isn’t parallel to the silicone hinges (you don’t want to accidentally cut the hinges through and through). Once you’re done cutting and chopping, the mat’s flexible design makes it easy to collect all your chopped bits and pour them into your crock pot, saucepan, skillet, or mixing bowl. The mat’s easy to clean – it rinses under tap water, or conversely, you could just place it in the dishwasher with the rest of your cutlery. When you’re done, it rolls right up into a nice scroll that fits right in one of your kitchen drawers, occupying a mere fraction of the space any regular cutting board would!
You’ve seen some form of the Barlow knife at least once in your life. An icon of EDC, the Barlow was created over three centuries ago in England and perfected in America, quickly becoming Americans’ preferred blade over the years. The Barlow was such a crowd favorite, Presidents Washington and Lincoln never left home without theirs, and Mark Twain felt called to mention the tool in two of his iconic works. The James Brand’s Wayland aims at reinventing the Barlow, making it look and feel more sophisticated. The pocket knife comes with a S35VN Wharncliffe blade, fitted within a stainless steel handle that’s outfitted with Micarta, a composite that uses fabric and plastic to create a unique-looking handle with a one-of-a-kind grain.
The Wayland knife’s appeal lies in its ability to maintain the Barlow’s design cues and proportions, with new-age materials, a non-locking slip joint format, and an exterior that is absolutely devoid of any mechanical details. There isn’t a single screw, or lock, or functional element in sight. Every inch of the Wayland knife is designed to be an absolute pleasure for your eyes and your hand, and thanks to its Barlow-esque proportions, that comes pretty easy! The Wayland knife weighs a mere 2.8 oz (78 grams) and comes in a neat pocket-friendly size when folded. Moreover, a hole running through the base of the handle allows you to instantly attach a paracord or lanyard to it, letting you strap it to a bag or secure it around your neck… although it’s called a ‘pocket’ knife for a reason!
Clearly meant for people who’d like to live out the game Fruit Ninja in real life, the Ninja Cutting Board & Knife from OTOTO is an adorable little kitchen accessory that makes mise en place fun! The board comes shaped like a little Ninja with a steely glare that means business, and a katana docked into its back. Whip the katana out and chop away your veggies fruits, and other ingredients on the Ninja board before washing, wiping, and docking the katana/knife back in. Don’t forget to say “Arigato Sensei” to the Ninja once you’re done!