It’s unfair. Something so simple and basic should not be able to leave a lasting impact on me like this. The act of sharpening a knife, though absolutely a skill, is a chore of maintenance, not something that can be this satisfying to watch. But just take in this video below, hear the knife on the whetstone, see the…
Aaron Gough makes great custom knives. Here you can see him crafting "a prototype bushcraft/camping knife using only simple tools. The blade is made from O1 tool steel, the handle is made from brown Micarta." It's so relaxing to watch that now I want to have a siesta.
Crushing cars should be obligatory for every human being. We should all spend a day in a junkyard at least once a month. It would be more calming that a bathtub full of Valium. Just watching this video with four ways to dispose of cars relaxes me. I want to try them all.
I wish I could go through life with one of these lasers that can remove any substance from most surfaces. Accumulated dirt, steel rust, bronze patinas, plastic residues, oil... anything. Above you can see oxide being remove from a steel plate (source video) but check out this collection I just made. So satisfying.
Watch David Warther making wooden pliers using a simple pocket knife his dad—famed master carver Ernest "Mooney" Warther—designed in the early 1900s. It only takes him ten cuts and a few seconds—so simple and fast that it feels like magic. Also, I can watch this man talking and doing this forever.
Behold the TRUMPF TruPunch 2020! I don't know if the TRUMPF TruPunch 2020 is the best. I don't know how much the TRUMPF TruPunch 2020 costs. Hell, I don't know anything about the TRUMPF TruPunch 2020. Except watching it in action is a surprising source of inner satisfaction. Also, trumpf should be a verb.
Here's a short film by Ancarani Studio that shows the process of making a Beretta shotgun. It's an artistic take on the process so shots are dolled up and it's not like every Beretta gun comes with its own birth movie but I love seeing how futuristic robots and old fashioned human craftsmanship work together.
There is no music in this short. No narration. Just the sounds of the daily routine of one of the last lighthouse keepers in the world: Leonardo Da Costa. He maintains the lighthouse at Cabo Polonio, Uruguay, a dangerous coast full of sunken ships. If you experience ASMR, you are going to love this.
If you experience ASMR, prepare to feel some intense pleasure watching this video of a guy repairing shoes. The machines pressing down, the cutting of the sole, the sanding, the stitching, the brushing of the glue. It's a symphony of satisfying noises. It's the only soundtrack you need.
I'm a big fan of cutaway things, specially if they are real like this lock. It's fascinating to see how machines and mechanisms work, with the little pins and springs moving to fit the shape of the key, leaving the barrel free to move when everything clicks.
This. Is. Oh god. Let's all pop an Ambien and watch Mr. Rogers explain how the Crayola factory line works, friends: Or, if you are like Mr. Rogers, some acid will work too.
If you are into cooking you probably know about silicone molds. If you are not, it doesn't matter. Just look at how they peel from the cake—and then how the cake gets build into various patisserie wonders. It's such a satisfying process.
Someone sent me this link to a YouTube black hole of glorious slow-motion videos and I have spent the last hour going through an endless torrent of metal shaving, drilling, chipbreaking and whatever else these machines are doing. It's so satisfying.
I think I want one of these German Datron M8Cube High-Speed Machining Center in my house. It would replace my TV. I would just turn it on to make random 3D models out of blocks of aluminum to watch it while I eat pizza all day long. Like this mold for a radio controlled quadrocopter.
Casey thinks watching people making pots is soothing. It is true. I also think it is extremely satisfying. Watch master Hsin-Chuen Lin creating two different kind of lids for the same jar and you will see what I mean. It's such a pleasure I get goosebumps. At last, I understand Demi Moore.
Pinching bubble wrap. Getting something stuck on your teeth out after trying for minutes. Watching pop tarts being made. And spring coils. And pretzels. And caligraphy. There are many strangely satisfying things in the world. Seeing a nuclear submarine breaking through arctic ice is one of them. Enjoy:
Let's just stay here watching this perfect video loop of the manufacturing of a spring coil till the Universe ends while we hold hands. Full, buttery-frame-rate video below.
Play. Play. Play. Play. Play. Play. Play. I don't know what's going on, but I can't get enough of this Tostitos lid spinning around under the water and the satisfying sound it produces. Just watch the video and listen.
Take me to the stake, but I'm not a fan of the Bugatti Veyron. I just think the design is a bad pastiche of old and new. But I'm a fan of watching things being carefully made and a fan of strange industrial machinery like the trolley above, used to join the different parts of the car. So satisfying.
There are few things more mesmerizing than the How It's Madeseries. One of them is infinite GIF loops made from the How It's Made series. Hereto I present you the magic robot fingers that make pretzels forever for your collective ogling.