Chasing Rabbits: Blades splitting bullets

There was a video of a katana splitting a bullet that popped across my facebook newsfeed today. Then it was sent to me by a couple of different friends. I figured it was worth a share.

Since not every reader can view videos from facebook, I didn’t want to make it the cornerstone of this post. I had forgotten that they did this for the final test on the first episode of Forged in Fire, and as tonight was the season 2 premier, I decided to use it. (the facebook one is below the jump)


KATANA – Japanese quality!

Posted by Stanislav Shmat on Monday, December 21, 2015


I ended up chasing a few rabbits as I dug deeper into bullet splitting. As it turns out, you don’t need a razor-sharp piece of Japanese craftsmanship to accomplish the feat. An ordinary butter knife will work just fine.


  1. Chrispy says:

    Of course it doesn’t take a super steel to split a bullet from a handgun, it’s a relatively slow moving chunk of very soft lead with a thin jacket of slightly less soft copper…

    I think the validity of the test is that the edge geometry wasn’t changed from the impact, (didn’t chip or roll over the apex) therefore it verified proper heat treat of the blade… or at least the blade’s edge where the bullet happened to hit!

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