MAKING A BASKET HILT RAPIER SWORD!!! PART 1

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  • Published on Feb 14, 2018
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Comments • 1 299

  • Merrick Berning
    Merrick Berning 19 days ago

    Plz talk at the beginning cause I got no clue what happening

  • Karl Voskuhl
    Karl Voskuhl 21 day ago

    Have you got a video for mud pies? I might be able to keep up with, and challenge you for a best in prize. Nicely done, sir.

  • Neil Wilson
    Neil Wilson Month ago

    Satisfying hit at 7:03. I liked that one for some reason.

  • TheTacticalBarrage
    TheTacticalBarrage Month ago

    How the hell did you aford all that gear at the age of 20

  • Hannahcode1
    Hannahcode1 Month ago

    Hey Alec - you don't know it yet but you are moving to Montana USA!! !!!

  • PiJ
    PiJ Month ago

    so going from W to XC.. sexy!!!

  • Kane Timber
    Kane Timber 2 months ago +1

    You know what happens when I bring out my *Rapier* ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Garys Mail
    Garys Mail 2 months ago

    A question from a clueless nerd: when you're forge welding what is the cause of the smoke that puffs out of the bar when you put it in the power hammer? Is it just any air that was trapped being forced out or something else?

  • Matthew Klick
    Matthew Klick 3 months ago

    Alec, the two minute intro freaked me out. Seriously, the best part of your videos is your personality and passion for what you're doing.

  • Djuul price
    Djuul price 3 months ago

    You are going to make the most awesome old wizened forge codger.

  • theMike97_
    theMike97_ 3 months ago

    New levels of Damascus witchcraft right here

  • Don Wallace
    Don Wallace 3 months ago

    First channel I have ever subscribed to, love to watch a craftsman at work!

  • Paddydapro
    Paddydapro 3 months ago

    This is the Gordon Ramsay of forging lol

  • Edward Morley
    Edward Morley 4 months ago

    Very irregular...But it's a good idea!

  • C0TT0NM0UF
    C0TT0NM0UF 4 months ago

    Camaraman needs to chill. Dont need all that dramatic movement.

  • The Iron Dragon
    The Iron Dragon 4 months ago

    A basket hilt is a completely different sword it is not a basket hilt it is a raipier

  • 7spoony
    7spoony 4 months ago

    You make some awesome content man much respect only thing i dont quite like is atleast half of every video is just slow mo cuts

  • Sam Clinton
    Sam Clinton 5 months ago

    +alectheblacksmith , what is the cleanup in your shop like, both during, and after a project? I know you show us the exciting bits, but there must be a lot more to a project then just what you are showing. :D

  • Troyu Hanson
    Troyu Hanson 5 months ago

    Can anyone tell me the advantages of milling flat vs using the surface grinder? Or vise versa?

  • RoxyLuffer
    RoxyLuffer 5 months ago

    I'm actually quite interested to know what happens if you make the "W" pattern, turn it into a bar, and then TWIST IT....I'm no blacksmith so I have to hope that one day you see my post and think it's interesting enough to give it a go =P But until then FORGE ON OH MIGHTY BLACKSMITH OF AWESOME!!

  • Fish0rDie
    Fish0rDie 5 months ago

    I need to win the lottery so I can become a blacksmith apprentice....and carpenters apprentice.....and pro bass angler....and landscape designer....being a tradesman isn’t paying enough for these dreams 😂

  • Rabindra Mahabeer
    Rabindra Mahabeer 5 months ago

    You should make Damascus Medallions with your name and face on one side and your touchmark on the obverse; a suggestion.

  • Ian B
    Ian B 5 months ago

    Did anyone else feel like they were watching a WWE entrance video with the music at the beginning? Lmfao

  • Michael Guyette
    Michael Guyette 6 months ago

    That is going to look nice when done, I have not watched all of your videos yet. But very nice work there mate.

  • daniel ellis
    daniel ellis 6 months ago

    Song at the beginning?

  • 92Astrael
    92Astrael 6 months ago

    I like how you timed the music with your forging video at min 19.

  • Soldatsmoonsong
    Soldatsmoonsong 6 months ago

    I would be tickled if I had access to half the tools in that shop.

  • Colleen Meacham
    Colleen Meacham 6 months ago

    I have a massive injuries from construction .. Where i can no longer hear the ping n rythm of hammers and other machines .Alec has cheered me up with his personality and hard work n beautiful music to my ears thx alec xx

  • kaijobomb
    kaijobomb 6 months ago

    you see the billet shrink as it cools down, thats cool!

  • Joe Dillinger
    Joe Dillinger 6 months ago

    I just started watching his channel and he's awesome young talented

  • Kelly Dees
    Kelly Dees 6 months ago

    I do not envy you for the propane bill at the end of the month, but your work is top notch

  • First Last
    First Last 7 months ago

    In the process of making my rapier.

  • Alchemyst
    Alchemyst 7 months ago

    Oh man. I thought you'd be using the bronze skull for the basket. Bummer.

  • Deacon Sel Annoa
    Deacon Sel Annoa 7 months ago

    Guys, what´s the song at 19:20? Please, Iam desperate.

  • The Novaks
    The Novaks 7 months ago

    i wander what the electric bill is like

  • Han Solo
    Han Solo 7 months ago

    Who does the video editing and song choices ... this is amazing spot on directing .. Don't get me wrong alex.youre a badass too but that camera work tho .... lolz

  • Scott Elmore
    Scott Elmore 7 months ago +1

    inverse "W"s …. you mean "M"s?

  • Kyle Hagerty
    Kyle Hagerty 7 months ago

    this reminds me of someone....who was it again?
    pol-
    polna-
    sth like that hmmmmmm...

  • Narice Woolon
    Narice Woolon 7 months ago

    Never thought I would be watching forging, first saw you on TA outdoors. I have now wracked up hours upon hours of your video's and can't get enough... Love your enthusiasm..... By the way I am a female and in my 60's and am on Holiday on a beautiful Island called Bali and still taking time out to watch.😂😂😂😂😂

    • Alec Steele
      Alec Steele  7 months ago

      Thrilled you enjoy them! 🙏🙏

  • Hannah Cwik
    Hannah Cwik 7 months ago

    I would call the Power Hammer 'The Huffer'!

  • Hannah Cwik
    Hannah Cwik 7 months ago

    The hydraulic press looks like an elephant's foot to me! That's what I would call it if I were using it!

  • Zack King
    Zack King 7 months ago

    who is Douglass its killing me!!!! 15:50

  • asdf jkl;
    asdf jkl; 7 months ago

    I love the way you trill your R’s.......though shall count to three before throwing thy holy hand grenade.....

  • Cornvelious Daniel
    Cornvelious Daniel 8 months ago

    aye thanks for keeping Scotlands historic artifacts safe for us. Wallace would be ecstatic

  • Terry Weaver
    Terry Weaver 8 months ago

    Brim full of damascus on the 45

  • Raffulous
    Raffulous 8 months ago

    how would one get into being a blacksmith?
    did you take up your dad's job or somthing???

  • Sundy Lau
    Sundy Lau 8 months ago

    Just wondering, why do you like making folded steel swords so much?

  • Forrest Earnest
    Forrest Earnest 8 months ago

    After binge watching the Katana build, I thought what sword would be the next biggest challenge and extremely fun? Well a damascus basket hilt rapier of sorts. I watched the Roman Gladius next and saw that you did indeed do the series I wanted in the side bar so time to binge watch the Rapier series. :)

  • LittleKat Productions
    LittleKat Productions 8 months ago

    I'd love to see Alec make a small sword. I've always wondered how to make the hollow triangle blades like that. I can't find anything about it online.

  • Jordan Thompson
    Jordan Thompson 8 months ago

    Alec, did you ever notice that your right arm is considerably bigger than your left?

  • Valcandestr0yer
    Valcandestr0yer 8 months ago

    I think twisting the bullet slightly no so much like making twistied Damascus but very course so it looked like the solid steel is snaking it's away around the Damascus

  • RumMonkeyable
    RumMonkeyable 8 months ago

    As a recent subscriber, I'm, slowly, bing-watching all the special projects. What have I learned from watching Alec's videos and other master blacksmiths'/bladesmiths'? Even though there's a lot of 'whacking' and hammering, it's attention to quality control and precise measurements that makes for a Damascus steel blade that is out-of-this-world! Looking forward to the remainder of Alec's project videos.

  • SwissPL
    SwissPL 8 months ago

    Love your Art! Inspiring to watch, and entertainingly educational. Thank you!

  • DRAGON .R
    DRAGON .R 8 months ago

    Banyak bacot lu

  • capnthepeafarmer
    capnthepeafarmer 8 months ago

    Why cut the billet in half instead of folding it?

  • Jeffrey Olijar
    Jeffrey Olijar 9 months ago

    found this channel from the bridgeport video. Love it. Got lots of content to watch now. Keep it up!

  • Kasper Nilsson
    Kasper Nilsson 9 months ago

    you should do a project, where make something to display all your piece :D

  • Jonathon Clary
    Jonathon Clary 9 months ago

    but a rapier is a double edged weapon, so you really should have used 2 blocks of the 1055 or a stack that went damascus/1055/damascus so that the grind can give you 2 cutting edges.

  • Dylan Buford
    Dylan Buford 9 months ago

    you're going to draw the bar out into the rapier using the 1055 as the blades edge

  • Jason Yates
    Jason Yates 9 months ago

    Dude! I freaking love your videos. They’re so damn entertaining. You also do some pretty damn good work. Just wanted to let you know that I truly appreciate all your videos, all the labor, money, and care that you place in making every single video! I’m sure you hear it all the time but, man, thanks tremendously for taking the time to make these high-quality videos! I enjoy watching you make your masterpieces; they are a true work of complexity, integrity, genius, crafting skill, and most certainly, a labor of love. Keep up the good work, and again, thank you so much for the videos!

  • DaddyBoi
    DaddyBoi 9 months ago

    Are you in Texas?

  • craigmancool
    craigmancool 9 months ago

    Use high carbon borax flux. Lowers oxidation. Graphite and borax....

  • William West
    William West 10 months ago

    i would like to see something made out of explosion pattern damascus

  • Braxx Juventa
    Braxx Juventa 10 months ago

    Very cool Alec! I came over from TA Outdoors. You definitely earned my sub!! :)

  • myles daugherty
    myles daugherty 10 months ago

    can you call "inverse w's" m&m's?

  • Fyre Lorde
    Fyre Lorde 10 months ago

    “Imagine that the orange is blue” only if your colour blind... hehehe

  • Dave P
    Dave P 10 months ago

    How much do you have to account for loss during the forging process? It looks like a substantial amount of material flakes off with all the pounding.

  • Canadian 01
    Canadian 01 10 months ago

    Wow you tig? your a god, why don’t you use mig or stick welding it’s so much easier?

  • Pratham Bhise
    Pratham Bhise 10 months ago +1

    who skipped the intro like me?

  • ArcticWolfSilver
    ArcticWolfSilver 10 months ago

    It all looks too showy, so I hate to say it, but... I am loving the heck out of this! XD

  • Eddie Player77
    Eddie Player77 10 months ago

    “We’re gonna give her a little squeeze”
    “Give it some more squeezes”
    -Alec

  • Jake Powell
    Jake Powell 11 months ago

    Dude I've been watching sense 240,000 subs damn 761 ,000 keep up the great quality work

  • Skandinavik
    Skandinavik 11 months ago

    That was an intro... damn' 0__o

  • legend drex
    legend drex 11 months ago

    Raper sword......meh seems legit.

  • Silver Knight
    Silver Knight 11 months ago

    Rapier is one of my favorite swords. Good choice.

  • Amiel Singo
    Amiel Singo 11 months ago

    Oh boy, this is gonna last WAY too long.

  • Steven McLenachen
    Steven McLenachen 11 months ago

    How many HP is the pump on that press? Its a fast mover!

  • Anthony houghton
    Anthony houghton 11 months ago

    Alec, I'm a machinist by trade. And although I haven't had much surface grinding experience, I was always taught that once you had dressed the wheel, you never let it stop until you have finished grinding. We have a sign that we put on the grinder when we go for lunch that says "caution, wheel running" so that we don't have to keep dressing it. As soon as you stop the wheel and restart it, it becomes unbalanced. That's why you dress it when you start and leave it running until your finished. If you stop the spindle then you have to dress the wheel. Also, never start the coolant and then the spindle, it causes the wheel to become unbalanced.
    Love the channel, keep up the good work!

  • FastBreak383 ______
    FastBreak383 ______ 11 months ago

    These videos are so hypnotic, even if you have no idea what he is talking about, it is still really enjoyable.

  • Hippieman 710
    Hippieman 710 11 months ago

    Dear Alec, sorry for not watching your videos for the last 6 month's. (Theres no good reason, I just did) but I looked through some of the videos and am glad I came back, keep up the amazeing work as always man!

  • J
    J 11 months ago

    always a pleasure to watch your videos Alec. good stuff to you and your team

  • Bigfoot
    Bigfoot 11 months ago

    You could also use a round Aluminum stick to make a square angle

  • Tyler williams
    Tyler williams 11 months ago

    please make a Khopesh its an ancient egyptian sword

  • Blake ekalB
    Blake ekalB 11 months ago

    So I got a quick question, since I don't know much about this kind of stuff I got confused when he started talking about the different metals with carbon I thin kit was so basically what does the carbon have to do with the metals? Lol sorry to be a bother

  • Shadowgolem
    Shadowgolem 11 months ago

    Wow, 725k subs! Hats off to you! Well earned indeed!
    P.S. You need to get some local metal band to jam in the backgroud while you forge some time. (You have the space, heh)

  • Joaozinho Da Naiti
    Joaozinho Da Naiti 11 months ago

    Pls pls tell me, where did you learned all this? I really want to be a skilled blacksmith just like you (I'm a brazilian, sorry for my bad english)

  • anas khrais
    anas khrais 11 months ago

    what is the name of the soundtrack in the beginning ?

  • Unown
    Unown 11 months ago

    His British accent in a mask or loud noises sounds like something very familiar I don’t know what tbh

  • Jason Hartline
    Jason Hartline 11 months ago

    I would like to see you make butterfly swords

  • Evan MacDonald
    Evan MacDonald 11 months ago

    I'm 100% confident that it will look amazing but you said rapier. Lol. Sorry. I'm rapier than you. Sorry twice lol

  • Aron Swedrowski
    Aron Swedrowski 11 months ago

    I don't know who edited this but their a genius. The power hammer always matches the background music.

  • Jocelyn Robyn
    Jocelyn Robyn 11 months ago

    Watching the impurities flake off on those big billets is so fekking satisfying

  • William Magneson
    William Magneson 11 months ago

    Don’t do grayscale, please.

  • EmpatheticOne
    EmpatheticOne 11 months ago

    Dam pen

  • Murdock BA
    Murdock BA 11 months ago

    machinist here. milling is for making stuff square. that ball bearing thing was an extra step you didnt need. get one side square and youve got your reference fore the rest.

  • PikaPizzaGoo !
    PikaPizzaGoo ! 11 months ago

    This is blacksmithing

  • VicosheL
    VicosheL Year ago

    Hei alec ur visor is it like rayban?

  • brock hinton
    brock hinton Year ago

    Hey Alec one tip is to leave the surface grinder on after truing it up. The initial jolt from starting it can throw the wheel off whack!

  • Rasmus Kurtén
    Rasmus Kurtén Year ago

    You, good Sir, are a wizard!