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Making a 400-Year-Old Sword Using Ancient Techniques Is Pretty Damn Hard

Making a 400-Year-Old Sword Using Ancient Techniques Is Pretty Damn Hard

Watch as the guys from Baltimore Knife and Sword make a 400-year-old Dandao sword from China using some really old techniques and machinery. It’s awesome to see iron sand transformed into steel in a smelter that would be similar to the ones the Chinese used centuries ago. It’s almost cooler to see a block of steel get stretched out in a rolling mill that’s been used to make horseshoes for 80 years.

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July 25th

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Here’s How Many Weapons a B-52 Bomber Can Hold

Here's How Many Weapons a B-52 Bomber Can Hold

The Air Force’s B-52 Bomber has been around since the 1950s and can hold up to 70,000 pounds of weapons. It’s a legendary beast that stretches 156 feet long, has a wingspan of 185 feet, and hits 40 feet tall. Known as the BUFF (that’s for Big Ugly Fat Fucker), it can hold nine weapons on each wing and 27 more inside the weapons bay. More devastatingly, it can also hold eight nukes inside.

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June 21st

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The Ultimate List of Weapons Astronauts Have Carried Into Orbit

Have you ever worried how real astronauts or cosmonauts can defend themselves or render harmless hostile life forms? What if an alien breaks into the International Space Station? Or a crew member loses his or her mind and goes berserk? The following set of images will put your mind to ease: aspacemen always carry some kind of weapon or at least a special tool which can be used as a weapon.

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Attila Nagy

April 2nd

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Beyond Gorgeous Video Shows the Making of a Damascus Steel Sword

Beyond Gorgeous Video Shows the Making of a Damascus Steel Sword

Turn it up to 8K if you can (you can’t), because this truly awesome video of master bladesmith Tony Swatton working on a Roman Gladius Sword made from damascus steel is a treat to watch. Damascus steel is basically art in a material as the layers get built, this sword is especially awesome because it combines a 93-layer damascus technique in the blade with a twisted grip.

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March 15th

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Transforming a Hammer Head into an Axe

Transforming a Hammer Head into an Axe

While most people see a hammer and just see a hammer, The Art of Weapons sees the potential to turn the brute hardened steel into an axe. Basically, the head of the hammer turned into the axe blade and the claw side of the hammer got forged together to form one spike. The whole process turning a blunt smashing object into a sharp cutting device is pretty fun to see.

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March 14th

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The F-35 Has Big Radar Problems and the Fix Is Hilarious

Now, more than $1 trillion into its development, the F-35 aircraft is experiencing glitches with its radar systems. US Air Force major general Jeffrey Harrigian explained the problem in an IHS Jane report: “What would happen is they’d get a signal that says either a radar degrade or a radar fail—something that would force us to restart the radar.”

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Michael Nunez

March 8th

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Watch a Gun Safe Get Cracked Open with Just a Paper Clip

Watch a Gun Safe Get Cracked Open with Just a Paper Clip

Hmm. That’s not supposed to happen like that. And yet this gun safe—a GunVault GVB1000 approved by the California Department of Justice that uses a biometric fingerprint sensor to unlock itself—can be easily opened with just a paperclip. It’s a method that simply involves tricking the bypass lock to open the latch.

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March 4th

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Bullets That Slowly Self-Destruct Make a Surprising Amount of Sense

A self-destructing bullet isn’t the most intuitive thing: normally, you use projectiles to destroy targets, not the other way around. But people make mistakes, bullets can travel for miles, and civilian casualties (or friendly fire!) are sad realities.

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Chris Mills

February 24th

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Armed With Your Nerf Blasters this Go-Kart Becomes a Mad Max-Like War Machine

Here’s another thing to add to your ‘I really wish they had these when I was a kid’ wish list. If just the thought of running into battle carrying three or four Nerf blasters leaves you breathless, the Battle Racer from Hauck Toys makes it easy to simply roll up with a heavy duty arsenal at the ready.

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February 13th

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The Crazy Weapons TSA Confiscated In 2015: It Gets Worse Every Year

Are you traveling anytime soon? Well, rather than sneering at the mere site of a TSA agent, maybe you should be stopping to give them a hug—because there’s a good chance that they’ve seen some crazy shit.

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Michael Nunez

January 21st

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