Forging A Damascus Steel Hockey Puck
As we like to say at Hoser Hockey Co., we are born on the pond, forged in the streets, and shaped in the rinks. Now, let's focus on the second description...forged on the streets, specifically, what forging is. (Nerd Alert)
- to form (something, such as metal) by heating and hammering.
- to form or bring into being especially by an expenditure of effort
You can see why we chose the verb forge, to describe the game we have been built to love. There is also another, secret, reason we chose the verb. Several of us here at Hoser Hockey Co. have an interest in...Blacksmithing.
Okay, you're probably all asking, "Why the hell are they telling us this, and really, how does this relate to hockey?" Well, comrades, we don't blame you for thinking that, so allow us to transition into hockey.
One of our favorite YouTubers is Alec Steele. Alec, a UK native, is an insanely gifted blacksmith that creates amazing things from metal. Recently, he held a competition that a fellow hockey lover won, Mike. Mike is from Minnesota and traveled to the UK to work with Alec on a project. When asked what Mike would like to make...this legend, wearing his Minnesota Wild jersey, suggests a stick blade. A Damascus stick blade. Check out the progress: (If you're impatient and want to skip, go to the third video and scroll to the end. But the whole series is worth it.)
As you can see, a lot of work goes into blacksmithing, and when done right can produce some amazing results. Maybe that's why we relate to it some much. Though we hope the blade gets created, that puck would make a hell of a stick weight.
Alec, if you're reading this good sir, we'll trade you a shirt! Mike, samesies.