Watch a Blacksmith Turn Old Batteries Into a Beautifully-Detailed Knife

If you don’t have access to a proper recycling facility, a talented blacksmith who goes by shurap on YouTube has found another way to recycle old batteries by turning them into a gorgeous Damascus-steel knife that also uses a recycled Maglite flashlight for its handle.

A word of caution, however. When foraging for metal inside old batteries [Editor’s note: Don’t.] it might not be a bad idea to throw on a pair of rubber gloves because inside that old Duracell you’re also going to encounter highly-caustic materials that you probably don’t want to get on your bare skin.

[YouTube via The Awesomer]

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Any blacksmiths out there want to explain what the hell was going on there in that convoluted process? So he squished them together into a bar, and then cut the bar and squished the pieces back together again three times, sprinkled some sand on, and then somehow ended up with two skinny bars and then finally ended up with a thick piece of metal of which he sanded about 75% of the material away to finally make a blade?