Help Rid New York Of Its Unjust 'Gravity Knife' Law

In the last 10 years, 60,000 people in New York have landed in jail due to a ‘50s-era law banning “gravity knives,” the vague definition of which allows police and courts to prosecute people for carrying virtually anything sharp. 86 percent of those jailed were black or latino. And now you can help repeal it. » 6/24/15 7:57pm Wednesday 7:57pm

Making a meat cleaver from a circular saw blade

John Heisz is an absolute master at repurposing old things into awesome and beautiful knives and tools. Here he is carving a meat cleaver from an old circular saw blade. The blade on blade cutting action is spectacular, the sanding of the knife is always fun to see and the making of the handle is way more complicated… » 6/19/15 3:55am 6/19/15 3:55am

Making a knife from a chunk of concrete and an old shovel

Fashioning beautiful weapons from found objects is always so fascinating to see. How does a person look at a chunk of concrete and see an elaborately detailed knife handle? How can we turn a piece of a shovel into a really sharp knife? Watch John Heisz work his magic below. There are a lot of satisfying noises that… » 6/12/15 6:45pm 6/12/15 6:45pm

A Locking Knife Block Keeps Your Blades Inaccessible to Kids

When you're bustling in the kitchen prepping a meal, quickly grabbing a knife out of a storage block is easier than digging through a drawer to find one. Storing them in a block is also just a better way to keep your knives sharp and in good shape, but it unfortunately means they're easily accessible to children. So… » 3/19/15 10:35am 3/19/15 10:35am

Watching a knife instantly heat up makes me believe in magic

Induction forging is probably the closest thing we have on this wee Earth that can be considered magic. Just watch this knife glide through the coils of this induction heater and instantly (instantly!) glow bright red because it got so damn hot. I would stick all kinds of metal through that hole. » 3/10/15 3:54pm 3/10/15 3:54pm

Chef magically cuts a carrot into an elaborate net

On good days, my knife skills could be considered rudimentary. On most other days though, I'm probably a danger to myself. So never in my wildest dreams would I ever think that I could pull this sorcery off: turn a regular carrot into a perfectly webbed net by strategically cutting it with a knife. The chef is a… » 2/23/15 11:36pm 2/23/15 11:36pm

How to cut a goose feather into a lovely quill pen

I'm not going to lie, I don't really need to know how to cut and make a quill pen from a goose feather. No one does anymore. But! I was completely fascinated by the process of it. It's funny how he uses both vintage tools (an 1800's era quill cutting knife) with modern technology (a NYC metro card!). » 10/22/14 11:04pm 10/22/14 11:04pm

A Spartan Knife Block That's Anything But Austere

You can pretend they're there for easy access, but there's something primevally enjoyable about leaving your cutting implements on display in a knife block. It's like knights mounting swords on the wall of a castle, and it's also why this knife block that looks like a Spartan under attack is particularly amusing. » 10/03/14 9:55am 10/03/14 9:55am

The Design of Spoons and Knives Can Change the Way We Taste Food

Chances are, you've spent more time thinking about the specs on your smartphone than about the gadgets that you use to put food in your mouth. But the shape and material properties of forks, spoons, and knives turn out to matter—a lot. Changes in the design of cutlery have not only affected how and what we eat,… » 9/19/14 9:20am 9/19/14 9:20am

These Stealth Knives Only Need Sharpening Every 25 Years

What good is a fancy set of kitchen knives if after deboning a few chickens and julienning a bunch of celery stalks it's already too dull to handle a ripe tomato? You don't want to spend your time in the kitchen toiling away on a sharpening stone, so the folks at TB Groupe designed a set of knives featuring… » 9/08/14 3:45pm 9/08/14 3:45pm