Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

Traditional sword making from scratch

Watch more with these video collections:

Witness the reproduction of the 25th king of the Korean Joseon Dynasty‘s sword being made from scratch, starting with the building of a brick and clay forge for smelting the powdered iron mixed with sand. The smelting continues for 48 hours. After 60 hours, the oven is torn down to extract the melted metal. From there, the smithing begins. Sharpening and decorative engraving follows. The piece is finished with an elaborate hilt and sheath.

This speedy ‘how it’s made’ video is from South Korea’s MBN (Maeil Broadcasting Network) cable TV channel.

Next, change the pace with The Swordmaker: A last Japanese swordsmith forges a sword. Plus: Dad teaches his daughter how to cast a ring from scrap pewter, Britain’s Longest-serving Blacksmith, and Primitive Technology’s Making a forge blower.

Bonus: Combat demonstrations in fifteenth century suits of armor.

Updated video.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

The Spanish City of Swords: Toledo

Rion Nakaya

Abdón Punzo Ángel’s artisanal coppersmithing from scraps

Rion Nakaya

Dressing in late 14th century armor

Rion Nakaya

Elephants of War: Elephant armor (bargustavan-i-pil) from India, circa 1600

Rion Nakaya

The untold history of ironworking in central and west Africa

Rion Nakaya

Making a kitchen knife from a roll of aluminum foil

Rion Nakaya

Making a Forge Blower – Primitive Technology

Rion Nakaya

How To Make A Mini da Vinci Catapult

Rion Nakaya

Machining a cube in a cube in a cube from a single metal block

Rion Nakaya