MAKING A BUSHCRAFT KNIFE!! Part 1 With TA Outdoors!!

  • Published on Jan 31, 2018
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Comments • 468

  • TA Outdoors
    TA Outdoors Year ago +245

    Can't wait to put the knife to the test! Thanks for being an awesome teacher Alec 👊🏻

    • necessarilyskeptical
      necessarilyskeptical 8 months ago

      TA Outdoors, was this made from #01 tool steele? Or 1095? What steel was used to forge your knife?

    • Jesper Zonneveld
      Jesper Zonneveld 10 months ago

      TA Outdoors Haha my man you were looking like wtf is he talking about😂😂😂

    • Fatlax73
      Fatlax73 Year ago

      Someone ground off a knuckle...

    • Nilleriuel
      Nilleriuel Year ago +1

      TA Outdoors did you get hurt

    • Massimo Serra
      Massimo Serra Year ago

      Hi Mike, you made really a great job for the first time. But tell me, aren't you not expecting to make your bushcraft knive out of damascus steel staying at the shop of "Mister Damascus" ;)

  • ShadesSMH
    ShadesSMH 15 days ago

    This man is a silence machine.

  • TheJollyHellHound
    TheJollyHellHound Month ago

    What are the steels dimensions

  • Grayam Parsons
    Grayam Parsons Month ago

    hi alec my name is grayam i was wondering how many hours days or weeks do you usually spend crafting your beautiful knives im starting to get in to black smithing /blade smithing an was just wondering what your time is in each knife life how long it takes to forge an hammer it out then all the way to the end to how long it to to finish the blade like polishing sharpening an so on thank you

    sincerely grayam

  • Clifton Smith
    Clifton Smith Month ago

    I love your videos but having that freaking logo writing on the screen the whole damn time it just buggers off

  • Joe Hatton
    Joe Hatton 3 months ago

    These are the types of collabs that I'm sure the fans and the presenters alike enjoy. Alec seemed to be in his element teaching as well. Great stuff!

  • 200lb_ Gorilla
    200lb_ Gorilla 4 months ago

    i`m sorry ,but i`m a carpenter and you NEVER let another person use your hammer ,your grip angle ect is diffrent from person to person no matter if they use the same hand as you and it will mess it up no matter how long or short the rime it was used

  • Viper Chin
    Viper Chin 4 months ago

    Wish we had metalwork teachers like you at school, i would have been a blacksmith.
    Awsome mate.

  • I Make Everything
    I Make Everything 4 months ago

    10:13 nothing worse than chewing through a glove and your hand with a belt grinder

  • Geoff Allert
    Geoff Allert 5 months ago

    Good to see you two working together. My two favourite you-tubers. If you hadn't guessed, I'm an older bloke that just getting into TheXvid. Alec, your videos are informative and entertaining. Keep up the good work. Mike, your videos never fail to educate and entertain. Keep up the good work. You two young blokes are great role models for younger people. All the best, fellas/

  • Dan Christner
    Dan Christner 5 months ago

    lay off the PROZAK Alec lol....

  • chris goebel
    chris goebel 6 months ago

    Should have made it some sort of Damascus

  • Luke Newton
    Luke Newton 6 months ago

    I have a puppy and she FREAKS the frick out at every bang and I find it Hilarious!

  • Josh Bovee
    Josh Bovee 6 months ago

    Love these videos where you have someone else in the shop and take on the role of teacher. More plzkthnx.

  • Seeslim
    Seeslim 6 months ago +1

    2 knifes with 2 mikes :D

  • Rob Sorgdrager
    Rob Sorgdrager 7 months ago

    There's a huge difference in hammer swings....his hammering looks so limp wristed....I mean Alec has been doing this a while and I've grown accustomed to his wait, the way he swings his .....nope it all sounds too sexy like , I'm just goinnah stop .

  • Joe Theobald
    Joe Theobald 7 months ago

    You should try to make some fancy sea/carp fishing hooks for mike and his dad!

  • Joe JoeLesh
    Joe JoeLesh 7 months ago

    If you have a mill, why do you use a hand grinder to de-scale, and then a sander to flatten? Serious question. It just seems like it could have been done easier and better with a mill.

  • eXplorer
    eXplorer 7 months ago

    Fantastic channel!

  • CmrdDarius Sapphire
    CmrdDarius Sapphire 8 months ago

    Oh look you shaved some skin and now your bleeding, that's OK! Just lick it..... To late, I'm unconscious!

    SLIMEDONKEYTV 8 months ago +1

    My 2 favorite UK TheXvid guys in one frame?!? Heck yea!

  • Mikey Lew
    Mikey Lew 9 months ago

    Alec-“I’m no artist” yeah ok Alec

  • Daniel Mulqueen
    Daniel Mulqueen 9 months ago

    Salt Life!

  • Shaundogger 09
    Shaundogger 09 9 months ago

    The heir lol
    Spelling I know

  • uncontrolerble TV
    uncontrolerble TV 9 months ago

    @alec Steele make a normal sized Damascus anvil that you can use

  • Chetan Gondalia
    Chetan Gondalia 10 months ago

    t.a. outdoor subscribed..🖒

  • Luminaire W.
    Luminaire W. 11 months ago

    Left a bit of skin on one of those belts didn't he? Been there done that.

  • Ubiquitous Ubiquitous
    Ubiquitous Ubiquitous 11 months ago

    @Alec Steele you need to collaborate with Guy Martin, that would make an amazing TV series.

  • xranger1969
    xranger1969 Year ago

    VERY nice!!! So cool that you both take the time to truly teach!

  • jeremy jensen
    jeremy jensen Year ago +1

    Alec you should put a bunch of flags in your grinding room, all kinds of free wall space!

  • Le'Jackal Creations

    Ya know, I decided in retirement I wanted to get into wood working as a hobby. This brought me of course to TheXvid to help learn woodworking, but I soon found that the TheXvid maker community wood, metal, they really are a community, yeah there may be conflicts here and there but I just find it awesome

  • The Sloth
    The Sloth Year ago

    At the risk of looking stupid...I'm finally going to ask. When they hit the knife with the hammer, there'a a bit of metal that flakes off. Is that some sort of build up that happens during heating or is it steel that is coming off...and they are loosing material as a result for the knife?

  • Mark Schear
    Mark Schear Year ago

    Did Mike go to Florida to get that shirt or did a fan send it to him?

  • Ben Jacob
    Ben Jacob Year ago

    I really want to make a knife. Last summer I made a forge the melt aluminum to make castings and such, but I wanted to Smith a knife, so I black smithed some rebar into a pare of tongs, but as I did so I realized my forge barly got the sleet hot enough to turn red. My dad recently got ahold of alot of tools and machines used for metal work, one of which being an oven, so I will finally be able to go through the heat treating process. One question I have is if I just angle grind the shape out of some flat stock (which I know is way less cool and fun than black smithing it into shape) will there be and difference in performance compared to a black smithed blade, given that I heat treat it the same?

  • Bernardo Patino
    Bernardo Patino Year ago

    Alec: Very good done. I like to much.From Norway.

  • HippieAndThePatriot

    Two questions what kind of disk was on the angle grinder and what was the blue thing used to hold the blade while on the belt grinder?

  • Dunder Krig
    Dunder Krig Year ago

    Artu multi purpose drill bits. Roughly $9.00 a piece. I couldn't believe that they drill through drill bits. I'm making an file knife. No annealing. Bits went through when no other drill bit would. High speed no lube. Good job btw!

  • Timothy Gilliland

    Love watching your videos

  • christopher Jones II

    O1 and D2 are interesting materials to cut

  • all and everything

    Omg he is wearing a salty life t shirt

  • Swamp Valley
    Swamp Valley Year ago

    Your channel is awesome! Can't believe I've only just found it, nice one dude! Subscribed 🤠

  • Fyrst Waffen
    Fyrst Waffen Year ago

    Awesome job Mates, beautiful knife....Really enjoyed the process... new sub for you Alec, If you ever make them for sale, but me on the top of the list...very interested in one...

  • mean joe green
    mean joe green Year ago

    Alec,when are you going to do a bush video with Mike?

  • Shaved Alpaca
    Shaved Alpaca Year ago

    My first knife was 01 tool steel. And I drilled 8mm pin holes with a cordless drill, by hand. Wasnt the most perfect circular hole, wasnt the most square. But I did it :D

  • John Di Francisco

    Did Mike put the Christmas lights up?

  • MrMonsterHunter 808

    TA outdoors looks great from my perspective. However the only thing I've ever forged is a square American Quarter :/

  • Chris R
    Chris R Year ago

    If it's going to be tool steel, why not something like S7 instead of O1? Especially since he says he likes batoning?

  • ThatKid0_0
    ThatKid0_0 Year ago

    I just realized that Alec is buff af

  • felpshehe
    felpshehe Year ago

    Real engeneering brought me to your channel

    IAIN CAMPBELL Year ago

    I've been watching Alec's videos for ages and only came across TA Outdoors last week with the log cabin series! Small TheXvid world!

  • Karen Gates
    Karen Gates Year ago

    New subscriber from USA, VERMONT....Great collaboration with TA OUTDOORS....Wonderful teacher you are Alec 👌👍

  • * Nathan *
    * Nathan * Year ago

    I would definitely buy some products made my you!! Im not talking about merch, im on about blades and hammers!!

  • Joey tbgm
    Joey tbgm Year ago

    Hey alec love your vida keep up the great work would love to tkae a class to learn more about blacksmithing I bought the liam hoffman book anyways keep up the good work and quick question were do you get that wire brush the big one thank you have a good day ,night or morning

  • Shawn Ramirez
    Shawn Ramirez Year ago

    Just subscribed TA Outdoors sent me.

  • Arkansaw United
    Arkansaw United Year ago

    Just suggested this last week after watching one of his vids. Not taking credit, but so excited.

  • Lee Page
    Lee Page Year ago

    Alec get some Bosch multi construction drill bits ( blue ones) carbide tipped and quite cheap , recently used them to drill 6mm pin holes in some 1095 Damascus that I accidently work hardened with some rubbish drill bits "oops" but trust me they will fly through 01 and they are cheap enough to pickup a box :)

  • Robert Schuster
    Robert Schuster Year ago

    Why don't you do 3 holes down the center for the scales?

  • Feliqus
    Feliqus Year ago +3

    Hey Alec, check this out. This is the data sheet for a very common O1 tool steel, it shows what hardness you get at a specific cooling speed. I suggest going for something below 300 HV, so you would need to cool your steel down from 800°c to around 600°c in roughly 5 min. Your cooling speed was probably way too fast. Maybe put it in the forge together with a block of steel. Slower is always better ;)

    • Feliqus
      Feliqus Year ago

  • midwest crafter
    midwest crafter Year ago

    When making your initial drop point, how do you prevent getting the fish lips?

  • Mike Builds
    Mike Builds Year ago

    I get the impression it would be very high pace and exciting to learn under you

  • George Yorgos
    George Yorgos Year ago

    good thing you have that power hammer.blacksmiths in middle age didnt had power hammer.Muscle hammer and a lot of days.But i love your work.

  • taopaipai
    taopaipai Year ago

    so now, we need a video where Alex goes and learns some bushcraft with ta outdoors

  • Ahmonruh
    Ahmonruh Year ago

    You can tell Alec uses his right arm a lot because it is bigger than the left.... ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Jake Cashion
    Jake Cashion Year ago +1

    Why are you using so much O-1 steel in your work lately? I've always found it to be, and heard the same from other smiths, that it is quite red-short and prone to cracking. What's your secret?

    • Chris R
      Chris R Year ago +1

      Jake Cashion My hunch is it's the most easily accessible and cost effective tool steel for him. With that comes familiarity with the material, and familiarity with it allows a smith to really maximize the properties of the steel.
      I think O1 is a poor choice for a bushcraft knife, too. S7 and L6 would be better tool steels (especially because L6 is basically idiot proof to treat and harder to kill than a Terminator), or even something like 440C, or if we're really bold, 4140. Maximum HRc value isn't the only metric that should be, for example, we should take into account that eventually the knife will have to be sharpened, and some steels are a colossal pain to field sharpen.

  • jim hurley
    jim hurley Year ago

    BAM SON !!! JOE ROBINET RULES ,,,......???!!!!?

  • Scott Poels
    Scott Poels Year ago

    hey alec i have a question. I'm looking for an anvil but i dont know what is the best type and what i mean with that is cast iron/cast steel or a tool steel top. Could you give me some information?

  • John Moses Browning

    Love me some Dykem huffs!

  • Mushious
    Mushious Year ago

    I see a finger met the belt sander. Ouch.

  • Jack P.
    Jack P. Year ago

    good job teaching alec

  • jay warrell
    jay warrell Year ago

    Is heat hardening galvanized wire a bad idea?

    • jay warrell
      jay warrell Year ago

      Chris R all I know is I can wrap it around a pencil, and i want to make rings out of it

    • Chris R
      Chris R Year ago

      Chances are you can't harden it through heat treating anyway, so that combined with zinc fumes would suggest "not a great idea". Unless you're certain it's a high carbon steel within, it's probably going to be less than 0.3% and won't harden to a degree you'd detect without lab equipment, even in a water quench with an attempted cryo treatment.

    • Timothy S.
      Timothy S. Year ago +1

      jay warrell you should never try to use galvanized steel in a forge or high temps, they end up giving off toxic fumes

  • Mic air
    Mic air Year ago

    You are both artists at your own crafts don't put yourself down.

  • Dustin H.
    Dustin H. Year ago

    Looks like TA smoked himself once on the grinder based on the glove and knuckle at 10:15.

  • Ning3n
    Ning3n Year ago

    Have you yet considered doing a course on forging?

    • Timothy S.
      Timothy S. Year ago

      I know he has his own blacksmithing classes he offers online

    • Ning3n
      Ning3n Year ago

      First, I'm not sponsored. Second, you are a damn fine teacher.

  • Frank M
    Frank M Year ago +1

    New subscriber - came from TA. Love your videos. Amazing! Seem like a great teacher.

  • Daniel Hofstetter

    he dose know they make blue dykem in a spray can ??????

  • Nathan Leaming
    Nathan Leaming Year ago

    Oh joy...another knife....

  • corey moore
    corey moore Year ago

    How many people would like to see him try and make timascus?

  • Andrei1324
    Andrei1324 Year ago

    your hands look (and i bet they are) SO strong

  • Pazuzu
    Pazuzu Year ago +1

    Glad to see you two together! Two of my favourite youtubers, even though you are Brit's and not Canadian. ;)

  • dylan skoza
    dylan skoza Year ago

    U ushaly use a 9inch grinder lmao

  • Jean-Christophe Laurent

    good job alec. thx for this massive amount of videos you trow at us! Always fun to watch and btw thx for all those links to other youtubers. Wish you best of luck in everything hahaha gj

  • the random guy
    the random guy Year ago

    That knife is thicc

  • Ember
    Ember Year ago

    A question I've wanted answered for a while now; why use the power hammer when you have the hydraulic press? Does the way that the steel react to the two differ enough for it to be relevant or something?

  • David Lawson
    David Lawson Year ago

    Alec you gotta visit the pallet wood cabin haha

  • TheBluenoser76
    TheBluenoser76 Year ago

    Love seeing you guys together..this is awesome!

  • spork132.
    spork132. Year ago +2

    When are you going to make the collapsible friction lock baton?

  • Kurtis Reynolds
    Kurtis Reynolds Year ago

    Heres a good challenge. Make a Damascus car bumper or some kind of car part. Make it something huge.

  • Kurtis Reynolds
    Kurtis Reynolds Year ago

    Best channel on youtube. Between its usefulness and entertainment. Keep it up alec.

  • YouKnowWhatKyle
    YouKnowWhatKyle Year ago

    hey uh, wheres jaime?

  • Bazza B
    Bazza B Year ago

    Alec, I just watched this which you made in Oct 2016, great piece of work & you need to remake it, I'm sure with the tools & technology you have today you'll make it even better 👍 it shows how far you've come between Oct 2016 & Jan 2018 👍

  • Carter Johnson
    Carter Johnson Year ago

    Hey Alec, I want to start blacksmithing what do you think the easiest thing is I could make to get started?

  • LSC
    LSC Year ago

    Loved this colab

  • Toby Garcia
    Toby Garcia Year ago

    10:13 - first blood

  • Charles Mouse
    Charles Mouse Year ago

    After much pounding and grinding: "Sorry about the stubble, maybe I should have used my bush-craft knife?"

  • Travis Pettit
    Travis Pettit Year ago

    Howdy Alec! I’d love to see you make a San Mai blade where the spine half of the blade is a mono steel and the edge half is Damascus (or vice versa)

  • Leo & Dan Ryan
    Leo & Dan Ryan Year ago

    I have subscribed because of the video with TA Outdoors where you taught him to forge a flint striker. I really liked your enthusiasm, and look forward to living vicariously through you. Thanks!

  • Craig Coleman Outdoors & Bushcraft

    So glad I came across from mikes channel !!! Your awsome dude !!!!

  • Cooper Swiney
    Cooper Swiney Year ago


  • Erik Widlund
    Erik Widlund Year ago

    Love the music!

  • Style Wadsworth
    Style Wadsworth Year ago

    Hey Alec Steele, Can you make a Trefoil Knot Mosaic Damascus?