List of the Best Bladesmithing & Knife Making YouTube Channels 2021 [Updated]
If you are in need of some creative inspiration or are just wanting some entertainment related to bladesmithing or knife making, YouTube is the place to go.
Bladesmithing, blacksmithing, and other traditional skills are enjoying a revival online, and this means that more and more smiths are sharing their know-how with the world.
There truly are videos for every skill level and particular interest, and best of all, they are free to watch.
Listed below are 16 of the best smaller channels you can find on YouTube today. Whether its full tutorials or artsy demonstrations, these videos are sure to get you out of your creative funk and back to the forge!
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1) Liam J. Penn
Liam J. Penn is a young bladesmith living and crafting in Juneau, Alaska. His channel features straightforward, no-fuss videos documenting his creative process. Penn provides some tips and basic instruction as he demonstrates, but his videos are mostly for entertainment and inspiration.
Liam J. Penn uploads new content a few times during most months, so his consistency and talent are worth checking out.
2) Toor Knives
Toor Knives is a veteran owned knife manufacturing company and YouTube channel. Video uploads are a mix of advice, behind the scenes, and promotional content. This would be a great channel to follow if you own your own business and want to learn some industry tips.
Toor Knives has been uploading more consistently in the recent months, so definitely check out their channel and their products if you are interested in the business side of bladesmithing or are in the market for new blades or gear.
Red Shadow Forge is a YouTube channel run by amateur bladesmiths who share their learning progress with their small audience.
The guys behind Red Shadow Forge upload frequent, short videos about a range of forging topics. Videos range in length from about 15 seconds to 15 minutes, so they really are easy to digest. While not tutorials, these videos are really relatable if you are also an amateur smith and the videos do have some good tips and tricks you may not know.
Walter Sorrells is a bladesmith who crafts Japanese style swords and other blades. His channel is larger than others listed here, and his videos are a bit more professional.
Most of Sorrells’s videos feature valuable advice for beginner and intermediate smiths. He provides really in-depth, relevant commentary on a range of bladesmithing and knife making topics and would be a great resource for anyone interested in smithing.
Big Engen Knives is a really small channel that definitely deserves more attention! The channel has been quite active in the last 4 months and provides viewers insight into the bladesmithing process.
Most videos are around 4 to 10 minutes long and show the smith creating his blades from start to finish. No verbal instruction is given, but these videos are great sources of inspiration for smiths of all skill levels.
6) Jason Knight
Jason Knight is master bladesmith who shares his work process and “day in the life” videos of his forge. Other frequent video uploads include advice videos, tutorials, and podcast episodes.
Knight’s channel offers something for everyone. His videos have a professional feel without being too distracting or lengthy. Most videos are 10 to 20 minutes long, and his podcast style videos can be over an hour long.
Fire Creek Forge is a business and YouTube channel run by Elijah Williams, a master bladesmith and Forged in Fire champion.
His videos mostly document his work process from start to finish and are broken up into two or more videos to make them easily digestible. Some of his older videos are tutorials aimed towards beginner smiths. The variety on the channel makes it a good resource for range of skill levels and interests.
Thepigeonforge is a channel run by a 14 year old bladesmith who already has 4 years of experience. His channel is still quite small, and not the most professional channel on this list, but his talent is definitely worth checking out.
Thepigeonforge shows the process of making knives and provides some commentary throughout, so an experienced smith would be able to recreate the projects at home.
Aleeknives is a channel run by bladesmith Airin Lee. Lee makes swords, knives, and other blades and documents his process with great explanations as he works. These videos offer instruction that is understandable for most smiths with some experience.
In addition to demonstration/process videos, Lee also makes occasional advice videos that focus on some very specific bladesmithing topics.
10) Freerk Wieringa
Freerk Wieringa is a Dutch metal artist and bladesmith who uploads frequent videos documenting his work. Wieringa’s videos include little to no talking, instead focusing on the various steps in making his knives, swords, and other blades.
Wieringa’s channel offers a few types of videos for viewers. For every project, Wieringa splits the work process into several videos around 10 minutes long. Once the project is complete, he then provides a “movie” showing the entire process in a video approximately 40 minutes to 1.5 hours long.
11) Andrea Giupponi
Andrea Giupponi, a young, self-taught bladesmith, shares his work in 10 to 15 minute videos. His channel is still small with only a few videos so far, but they are well worth checking out.
Giupponi specializes in hunting knives and Damascus knives. His videos are minimally edited, with only the sounds of equipment and some fast forwarding.
Another small channel showing the process of knife making is VASVERBLADES, a Russian YouTube channel with just over 500 subscribers.
VASVERBLADES’s content is basic, short demonstration/process videos that can serve as inspiration rather than in-depth tutorials. Instead of the sounds of the forge, VASVERBLADES utilizes upbeat background music.
13) Owen Schafer
Owen Schafer’s channel is dedicated to bladesmithing, blacksmithing, welding, and other metalworking topics. While still an extremely small channel, Schafer is focused on growth and uploads several times per month.
His videos are short process videos with background music and no instruction. Experienced smiths would be able to follow along with the steps shown in the videos and replicate their own version of each project if desired.
14) Charles Jones
Charles Jones, a bladesmith with several years of experience, uploads videos in a range of lengths and topics. Most of his content focuses on knife making, but he has made axes, spears, and swords in the past.
Jones’s videos combine some commentary with background music. Viewers are always updated on current projects and any notable successes or difficulties in the work process.
Sam Towns is an Australian bladesmith who offers really digestible content for smiths of all skill levels. Towns shows all the steps of forging and provides commentary along the way the explains why and how he does what he does.
His tips, tricks, and pacing of instruction make Sam Towns one of the best resources on YouTube for beginner smiths. Towns uploads tutorial/demonstration videos several times per week and also offers “Saturday Smithing Stream” videos in which he live steams with his audience and chats about different smithing topics.
Barbershop Customs is a Polish bladesmithing channel that uploads new content about once per month. The videos are high quality, with shop noises and background music. They depict the process of knife making without any instruction, so are best used as inspiration.