Monday, September 14, 2015

Bob Kramer Creates Adamantine Kitchen Knives

Adamantine weapons are some of the most sought-after in fantasy roleplaying games. A seamless amalgamation of Earth-forged steel and star metal, these weapons have nearly mystical properties. Their edges are sharper, their cuts cleaner, and when given to a master smith the resulting weapons are worthy of the world's greatest heroes.

Or the world's greatest chefs, if you happen to live in our less magical, but apparently still awesome, reality.

In the hall of heroes, one man's deeds will never be forgotten.
What I'm telling you is that the idea of making nearly magical blades by forging steel dug from the heart of fallen stars is a gaming trope we plucked out of the real world. It isn't just something that blacksmiths in the ancient world did to jack up their prices, or because they hadn't invented advanced chemistry yet. There are skilled metalworkers still around today who make adamantine blades by hand. One of those skilled metalworkers is a fellow named Bob Kramer. Watch him do his thing in this video.

If you took 12 minutes out of your day to watch that video, chances are good you're already imagining a workshop like that in your fantasy or sci-fi setting. Whether your blades are forged with the aid of sentient steel presses, or with plasma cutters and laser polishers, there is no meat or vegetable in the world that can stand up to the wicked edge Bob puts on his blades.

Tests on whether or not they'll cut through damage reduction remain ongoing, and are funding by King Eggbert as he seeks the most outlandish dishes in the kingdom. Also, if you want to see the process the Vikings used to create masterwork weapons in the middle of the Iron Age, check out "Secrets of The Viking Sword" Is A Documentary About How To Make A Masterwork Weapon.

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