CAN YOU FORGE A GIANT END MILL?!

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  • Published on Feb 13, 2019
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  • Donald Duncan
    Donald Duncan 12 days ago

    Make Damascus from endmills

  • Smarty Pants
    Smarty Pants 18 days ago

    Now Batter it into an axe.

  • Andrew Lang
    Andrew Lang 21 day ago

    Of all the time you didn’t wear your respirator, this would have been a good time. That tungsten and cobalt is bad for the lungs

  • matt belli
    matt belli 27 days ago

    I weld HSS very often at work. That is definitely some tough stuff.

  • Macu Brisky
    Macu Brisky Month ago

    hey, Alec I am a golfer and I have been watching your videos for a long time. I would love to see you do a golf club, like an iron. a blade iron will probably we something you will be capable to do, however, I think I could be a challenge. I would love to see a video of how you do it if you decide to do it. keep it up from Panama City, Panama

  • Brandon Dirocco
    Brandon Dirocco Month ago

    That would have been a cool knife

  • Peso TheGreat
    Peso TheGreat Month ago

    ☹️

  • Bacchanalia
    Bacchanalia Month ago

    The reason it didn't bend was because of the alloy. Knowing about jewelry the tungsten, chromium, silicon, and cobalt make it hard on the mohs scale probably an 8-9 with an extremely fine crystal structure that will shatter if pressurized high enough. Even diamonds will shatter.

  • Ethan Efram
    Ethan Efram Month ago

    Hey man! I live in Bozeman and would love to come learn some things with you if you're up for it! I'm planning on getting into blacksmithing and still looking to build my own forge. Let me know! Cheers!

  • trife life
    trife life 2 months ago

    Gay !!!

  • MadPixie
    MadPixie 2 months ago

    Great! Now make a bastard sword out of it? Thought it'd be fitting as in essence you are violating the end mills

  • malhavac
    malhavac 2 months ago +1

    the true muscle here was your oven being able to heat that alloy to the temp all those atoms needed without bieing under or over any of them becuase that crap blows up like glass without a uniform conformed temp between all those elements

  • Sam Donnelly
    Sam Donnelly 2 months ago

    Do a face revival

  • DemonValkyrie
    DemonValkyrie 3 months ago

    so now etch a face on the big end mill and make it a lion head or dragon head

  • Bradley Thomson
    Bradley Thomson 3 months ago

    Love the south african flag you have on the wall

  • adam crann
    adam crann 3 months ago

    There fucking huge

  • Zrage VII
    Zrage VII 3 months ago

    You should try making a blade with a highspeed or m42 edge... that would be cool to see...

  • jackson stombaugh
    jackson stombaugh 3 months ago

    I've been wanting to see a knife made out of an old endmill. Nice to know it's somewhat doable

  • Remote View
    Remote View 3 months ago

    I think alec was too afraid of the cobalt 🤣 come lad i wanted to see the process

  • Baron Lovat
    Baron Lovat 3 months ago +1

    That large end mill would make for one hell of a bangin Mace.

  • Robert Gilkey
    Robert Gilkey 3 months ago

    Are they hss or carbide??

  • cem motivos
    cem motivos 3 months ago

    would be nice to forge a knife or sword out of this and see how strong it would be compared to another steel

  • flying horse
    flying horse 3 months ago +2

    Don't want to assume but I think he wanted for you to use it in the production of something, not use it as a material.

  • Thuan SĐ
    Thuan SĐ 3 months ago

    American

  • Xander Fassette
    Xander Fassette 4 months ago

    You shouldn't taken some normalizing cycles, end mills are hardened steel.

  • Xemerius Sieben
    Xemerius Sieben 4 months ago

    Did he really just used the metric system 😳

  • Pullin Slack
    Pullin Slack 4 months ago

    I’d like to see a knife made from an endmill I would think it should hold a edge very well with the tungsten in it

  • Majin Snake
    Majin Snake 4 months ago

    Gets a nice piece of expensive steel, which would make some fine knives. Makes a hook and mushy "art" from it^^

  • pakiw2
    pakiw2 4 months ago

    Making damaskus from endmill?😁

  • Nerdy Ghost
    Nerdy Ghost 4 months ago

    Alex don't give it away just yet try to make a knife out of it I believe you can do it then you hit a block on your idea but metals talkin to you it wants be something else see what the metal wants to be

  • Trey Foutch
    Trey Foutch 4 months ago

    You should try to make drill bits forging them

  • Keith A.
    Keith A. 4 months ago

    Damn it man, HSS is awesome stuff for knife blades. Hammer it into .25” bar stock and bang out a stock removal knife with it! Send it to Peter’s Heat Treat!

  • Casey Etheridge
    Casey Etheridge 4 months ago

    This is why i dont let people borrow stuff. 😂😂😂

  • WeldinMike27
    WeldinMike27 4 months ago

    Hi Alec. The formula for working out what different elements do in a steel is called carbon equivalency. It's used to work out how a certain type of steel is welded.

  • otto
    otto 4 months ago

    Well, can you?

  • email99
    email99 4 months ago

    How about a sword or knife made of high speed steel?

  • Joe G.P.
    Joe G.P. 4 months ago

    definitely not a clear title

  • Crazy Nerd Inventor
    Crazy Nerd Inventor 4 months ago

    Who thought he was going to make an end mill?



    I didn't.

  • Akshay Seth
    Akshay Seth 4 months ago

    Do something different.

  • Marcus Östlin
    Marcus Östlin 4 months ago

    Bet im not the first but.. Tungsten(Swedish) translates to "Heavy Stone", its pronounced "TUNG-sten"-ish!
    (also called wolfram)
    Love the channel btw!

  • VISHAL KUMAR
    VISHAL KUMAR 4 months ago

    You should have Forged a knife with that

  • BookGolem
    BookGolem 4 months ago

    You could make the bent end mill into an axe, hammer, golf club, big knife, etc.

  • Stephen Torrey
    Stephen Torrey 4 months ago

    Should’ve made a small knife out of one, I bet that’d be one tough knife that would really hold an edge!

  • jamesrjohn
    jamesrjohn 4 months ago

    GE Research Center has an Anyang 165 they use in their search for new alloys that will improve jet engines.

  • Chris Russell
    Chris Russell 4 months ago

    shoulda made a broach...

  • Nate Speights
    Nate Speights 4 months ago

    Lol bet Jason wanted a knife or something useful out of that big end mill...dream crusher

  • TopHat Videos Inc.
    TopHat Videos Inc. 4 months ago

    DEAR GOD GET THAT HAIR OFF YOUR SCREEN!

  • Yousif Tareq
    Yousif Tareq 4 months ago

    Overkill for a hanger.
    Though, can you forge a musket? Small canon? Something old and vintage?

  • Dragon Tamer
    Dragon Tamer 4 months ago

    You should make a blade out of those and do a strength test. cut test and durability test. I think a Sword would snap but a knife would be awesome

  • Elli P
    Elli P 4 months ago

    I'm a Brit. A limey. Tribally-speaking, I'm English: a member of the most hated, loathed, despised, and reviled tribe on the planet. Whatever. It's no biggie.
    I'm always ... 'disturbed' by any apparently low-key, amiable presentation which features a flag so prominently. Yeee-uk. Behold the national insecurity. What is this - North Korea? Well, I shan't be doing any standing up, crying and saluting when the Great Leader puts in an appearance.
    Sorry to inject a note of 'meh' into the proceedings. Just thought I ought to mention it. Displaying flags says a lot more about you than you might realise, Donald, and it ain't always nice to hear. ;-)

  • richard Turk
    richard Turk 4 months ago

    Fun video.
    Great to see you stopped acting all goofy in the videos.

  • HoseTheBeast
    HoseTheBeast 4 months ago

    You should really try to make a knife out of that stuff. Would be awesome to see how that stuff compares to something like D2 tool steel.

  • Dean Houshower
    Dean Houshower 4 months ago

    Not gonna lie that’s dope!

  • Carlinn27
    Carlinn27 5 months ago

    Alec... You must be wealthy aye...

  • Carlinn27
    Carlinn27 5 months ago

    I thought he meant he was gonna make one of them... I was like woh cool... Then was like... Oh nvm

  • brocktechnology
    brocktechnology 5 months ago

    I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure as long as it wasn't quenched it will drill just fine.

  • FatFuzzyPotato
    FatFuzzyPotato 5 months ago

    Probably should have worn a respirator when you were heating that up and forging it tungsten and cobalt dust is no good for the lungs

  • kumoyuki
    kumoyuki 5 months ago

    seems like its been forever since we saw you with a hammer in your hand. very like :)

  • Raynman Gaming
    Raynman Gaming 5 months ago

    >Breaks out the calipers to measure the end mill
    >Written right on it

  • Casey Gibbons
    Casey Gibbons 5 months ago

    Hogmill?

  • Anti Antifa terrier
    Anti Antifa terrier 5 months ago

    When you first said “squish” I thought you would go to the press first. I notice you almost use the power hammer exclusively. Do you not like the press or do you have each machine set up for a certain task? I can’t afford a decent power hammer but a decent press is doable.

  • Mic Vox
    Mic Vox 5 months ago

    Got a 200.00 end mill? Squish it!! -seems like there should have been a, "Hold my beer" kinda moment

  • Kevin Peterson
    Kevin Peterson 5 months ago

    Ima machinist and its a rougher. Sorry that was buggin me the whole vid 😜 Looks more like a course cut that a finish rougher. Low gear on the Bridgeport with a feed rate of whatever its comfortable with. Can Tell alot from your chips. Can take a big bite with one of those bad boys

  • Brett B.
    Brett B. 5 months ago

    Alec, you are so enthusiastic about your work and it’s contagious! Great attitude and great videos!

  • Matt Cerbone
    Matt Cerbone 5 months ago

    You don’t necessarily need to forge it. High pressure rolling to diameter, them machine the pieces to make an end mill. Obviously you can, as you proved in your video. But I’ve actually had the opportunity to tour a facility that made machine tools. They pulled & shaped steel, like you would make gold wire. Was very cool

  • sylas wojciechowski
    sylas wojciechowski 5 months ago

    0:42
    Correction, given by Jason from State farm.

  • PANNARALEJ aka Drinking_Buddy

    Would have been easier to forge if you annealed the end mills first?

  • josh gander
    josh gander 5 months ago

    This hurts me as a machinist!😂😂

  • Brady Cook
    Brady Cook 5 months ago

    Invite zna productions to your shop and do some vids with him

  • Veggitarian Redneck
    Veggitarian Redneck 5 months ago

    I live in three forks would love to visit you.

  • N Mizrahi
    N Mizrahi 5 months ago

    Make the larger endmill a pomel for a sward

  • Holly13 Satre89
    Holly13 Satre89 5 months ago

    Pleeeeeease. ....... ditch the awful music! Just commentary and content please. Apart from that, I enjoy your videos. : ) Give your video editor a talking your to or sack him! Why would you just make a towel hook from that excellent quantity steel. Surely a knife of some sort would have been a better choice so that you could have experimented with the heat treating / tempering. It just seems a missed learning opportunity.
    Holly :)

  • Zailda
    Zailda 5 months ago

    Only me that thought the clickbait pic was nailpolish bottels?

  • William Smith
    William Smith 5 months ago

    So when your looking at steels with other elemental additives. Look for the carbon equivalency. Adding any intermittent element will discourage dislocation and make the steel act like it has a higher carbon content as well as add other attributes. Silicon makes steel have more flow ability and weld ability. Boron added in high amounts make a steel brittle, but in small amounts makes it tougher. Basically, all your're looking for is 'Carbon Equivalency'

    Really enjoyed it! Keep it up

  • Bravo Company General Nelson

    What’s an end mill and what’s it for

  • Joshua Dallolio
    Joshua Dallolio 5 months ago

    You should make a samary sawd!!!

  • SB Silver
    SB Silver 5 months ago

    This makes me wonder if an endmill can become its own damascus for a knife..

  • Mr. Rendero
    Mr. Rendero 5 months ago +1

    7:35 song name :?

    • Mr. Rendero
      Mr. Rendero 5 months ago +1

      Oh god I found it --> Sebastian Forslund - Bring Out The Thunder

  • sam hope
    sam hope 5 months ago

    I love the small distraction video in the bugger project. It's a great way to break things up

  • Nathan Gedamke
    Nathan Gedamke 5 months ago

    You should get another endmill, and leave the top intact, and just forge out the bottom so it's a giant mace!

  • MrTingles
    MrTingles 5 months ago

    looks like a metal turd...

  • shookings
    shookings 5 months ago

    Whynot make the most ridiculous damascus you've ever made? Forge them together.

  • Chris P
    Chris P 5 months ago

    M42 Cobalt and HSSCo8 are the same thing. 8% Cobalt high speed steel.

  • Roving Punster
    Roving Punster 5 months ago

    I'm guessing that the tungsten present (which has the highest melting point of any conventional metal, at somethink like 9k freedomheit) may indicate that it was a powdered steel, which if true, could mean it was sintered rather than forged, and then milled to shape rather than worked.
    So, before watching the vid, my guess is that NO, it won't forge very well.
    /me makes popcorn

  • mattystewart8
    mattystewart8 5 months ago

    That clip of will sharpening the cavalry sword on the sander without gloves on made me queazy!!

  • Jonathan Tinsman
    Jonathan Tinsman 5 months ago

    Alec, when you were testing out the power hammer on that steel and said you were going to make something, I thought you were going to make a blacksmith's wand. That may be because today I watched The Crimes of Gridndlewald, but that might be something for you to make. A Harry Potter wand that a blacksmith might have. Maybe a hex bold handle, or that end-mill would have been cool.

  • User Name
    User Name 5 months ago

    Forge a carbide endmill.

  • Stefan
    Stefan 5 months ago

    Make a knife of this bogboy

  • Canuck
    Canuck 5 months ago

    the guys name is steele, makes a shirt that says American steele, doesn't even move to the steel city.............. you had 1 job Alec, 1 job.

  • nick longstaffe
    nick longstaffe 5 months ago

    I thought you were making your own end mill

  • PauseStompers
    PauseStompers 5 months ago

    "I'm gonna put this somewhere safe to cool" Throws it in the floor.

  • liam Something
    liam Something 5 months ago

    Get some more and make a knife?

  • Douglass Payne
    Douglass Payne 5 months ago

    endmill damascus project?

  • No Recording Software
    No Recording Software 5 months ago

    im disappointed you didnt make a knife, it seemed like an absolute waste of steel.

  • Jason Pollywog
    Jason Pollywog 5 months ago

    That hook is pretty cool

  • smasheddragon
    smasheddragon 5 months ago

    When u thought it might make a nice knife and end up with a blob of a paper weight. Slightly disappointed with that

  • Alex Habr
    Alex Habr 5 months ago

    What a perfect waste of high quality material...
    If he forged a knife out of this stuff, it would never go dull.

  • mychannle26
    mychannle26 5 months ago

    Alec could you try make a gentleman sword cane

  • Alireza Inanlou
    Alireza Inanlou 5 months ago

    Actually M-42 = HSS-Co8
    So they were pretty much the same alloy of high speed steel.

  • Joshua Winter
    Joshua Winter 5 months ago

    @Alecsteele you should make the squish end mill the Handel to a walking stick, as long as the it is not sharp where you would hold it in your hand.