Sub-Zero’s Ice Axe Behind the Scenes | The Science of Mortal Kombat


  1. DarkThomy

    DarkThomy26 hari yang lalu

    I would love to see that experiment again but with the higher type of ice you talked about ! And also the mess it must have been to sharpen the edges.

  2. DarkThomy

    DarkThomy26 hari yang lalu

    2:02 Ok, now you see why it was hilarious and awesome xD Completly honest reaction ! Good impro then though x')

  3. Roaring Eagle

    Roaring Eagle4 bulan yang lalu

    Just make a wood axe and cover it with ice layers

  4. Reba Shields

    Reba Shields6 bulan yang lalu

    bear with me here, folks. i'm a novice prop maker, and i'm wondering why you didn't make the the axe by using a mold so you could have the sharp edge you needed. a two-part flexible mold would have possibly been ideal for that edging. i know kyle said sharpening the blade was difficult, so making a mold would have saved that problem. maybe it was a time constraint, or just something you didn't realize until you were already elbow-deep into the process? i'm not judging-- clearly you put a lot of work into the experiment, i'm just genuinely curious why you chose to create the axe as you did (and if you even think a particularly sharp blade would have helped your experiments at all).


    SENPXI GXNG6 bulan yang lalu

    Thor what the hell are u doing here?;_;

  6. skylx08

    skylx086 bulan yang lalu

    Since this is the brutal west I once saw an old cowboy try to do that to a cow. The old, old axe head flew off mid swing and he whacked the cow on the head with the handle. ...what, a cow isn't just going to up and butcher itself

  7. skylx08

    skylx086 bulan yang lalu cheer up bunky, the same thing happens in real world situations

  8. Orkar Isber

    Orkar Isber6 bulan yang lalu

    have you taken into consideration that sub zeros ice may not be regular ice? it could be made out of other materials than H2O that create ice like looks but are way tougher when frozen. Or just heavier like H3O. But it really could be any semi transparent liquid. Also the strong blue tint is a strong hint its not regular water, as regular water doesnt get that blueish unless its some couple millenia old and even then just in much thicker slabs

  9. Daddy 101

    Daddy 1016 bulan yang lalu

    I want to see one on jades staff

  10. JokerFanatic Hughes

    JokerFanatic Hughes7 bulan yang lalu

    I'm pretty sure barraka's blades are made from magnesium because of how they burn the bright sparks

  11. nope Nope

    nope Nope7 bulan yang lalu

    It would be really cool to see bo ri cho's fatality when he makes you breathe fire with his jug of alcohol

  12. Petar Yordanov

    Petar Yordanov7 bulan yang lalu

    not sure why but i was expecting ice 7...

  13. Flavia Pitariu

    Flavia Pitariu7 bulan yang lalu

    It's a shame you didn't try the pure ice head again with the strong handle instead of the piecrete

  14. The Nik of Time

    The Nik of Time7 bulan yang lalu

    My only question is why didn't you use actually pure ice for an ax head with the wooden handle before going for the pykrete? Would pykrete have the same cutting ability as pure ice?

  15. Silver PL

    Silver PL7 bulan yang lalu

    Please scorpion spear

  16. Sokka, Wise Oaf

    Sokka, Wise Oaf7 bulan yang lalu

    I was laughing hard when the axe flew

  17. kritters 1

    kritters 17 bulan yang lalu

    is there any difference to the structure of the ice if it is not freezer cold but liquid nitrogen cold

  18. joshua2814

    joshua28147 bulan yang lalu

    I figure Subzero's power could include constantly reinforcing his ice. As any bit melts, chips, or shatters, he could just be reforming that bit. He certainly seems to form ice fast enough to do that.


    SCORPION FLAME12117 bulan yang lalu

    Is it normal for ice to crack the moment it touches room temperature water?

  20. Christian Ishizaki

    Christian Ishizaki7 bulan yang lalu

    I think you should do a Because Science video talking about either "is it possible for Dumbo to fly?" or "Is it possible to make the Nervgears from Sword Art Online and could it actually work the way it does in the anime?"

  21. Tom Morgan

    Tom Morgan7 bulan yang lalu

    This was such an unbelievably, ridiculously flawed experiment. If you’re asking the question “can an axe made of ice decapitate a person” and you can’t produce a sharpened piece of ice, then you fundamentally can’t test the hypothesis. Sub-Zero is able to produce a piece of sharpened ice because he’s magic, and I absolutely don’t hold you to the same standard, but if you’re faced with an insurmountable variable that will forseeably stop you from ever testing your query, then you can’t pretend you’re still answering the same question. Might I suggest the alternate hypothesis, “will a flat chunk of frozen paper attached to a metal pole deliver blunt force trauma to a subject?” Honestly, that’s all this is fit to answer.

  22. Jed Ionovflint

    Jed Ionovflint7 bulan yang lalu

    How would iceman make all the ice he uses to freeze and kill people. Surely he'd have to drink a LOT of water each day to make the axes


    MADNESS7 bulan yang lalu

    You could also argue Sub Zero's ice isn't exactly normal ice.

  24. FlyingFree333

    FlyingFree3337 bulan yang lalu

    You didn't try the original ice axe head and you never tried sharpening either axe head and the second test swing didn't hit the neck it hit the head. None of your findings are valid since all your tests were flawed and incomplete.

  25. SoulShiloh

    SoulShiloh7 bulan yang lalu

    But they arent

  26. Rene Youre boi

    Rene Youre boi7 bulan yang lalu

    I love watching this in my tv

  27. Grafinya Otodracula

    Grafinya Otodracula7 bulan yang lalu

    Кто от Игромании?

  28. Stevie Nitro

    Stevie Nitro7 bulan yang lalu

    I was always wondering in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Battle Tendency, is it possible to survive a fall from space whilst laying on a solid piece of earth?

  29. Sapphire

    Sapphire7 bulan yang lalu

    safer than a plane (if your name is Joseph Joestar at least)

  30. David salas

    David salas7 bulan yang lalu

    Definitely must try it again. Also Sub-zero is instantly creating that axe and decapitating his victim right away, and since it is Sub-zero I would assume that he is constantly keeping that axe at Sub-zero temp the entire time.

  31. Jonathan Matthews

    Jonathan Matthews7 bulan yang lalu

    Love it!

  32. Neal Bryant

    Neal Bryant7 bulan yang lalu

    I'm sorry man, I'm a huge lover of the show & I'm sure the mold would have it's own problems but shouldn't the axe be sharp as opposed to a blunt object as it appears in the video.

  33. Effone Orbis

    Effone Orbis7 bulan yang lalu

    Honestly, i REALLY loved the music you used in this video (the same for first BTS video). Anyone knows what's the soundtrack name?

  34. Robby Robby

    Robby Robby7 bulan yang lalu

    It looks like they didn't even sharpen the ice

  35. Addam Miller

    Addam Miller7 bulan yang lalu

    Was the cutting edge of the actual ice axe head ever tested? The handle snapped, sure. But what about the axe head? That never made contact, so what about that result?

  36. Valentin Nielsen

    Valentin Nielsen7 bulan yang lalu

    Would it have been a big difference if the axe was sharpened; I ask as I don't that which could have some impact? Great show!

  37. Deon Spates

    Deon Spates7 bulan yang lalu

    If it was sharpened more I think it would have worked.


    WAFFENBG7 bulan yang lalu

    Add cotton next time.

  39. Ashley Curzon

    Ashley Curzon7 bulan yang lalu

    the minion spoke :O

  40. Bdydrpd88

    Bdydrpd887 bulan yang lalu


  41. Dennis Broschart

    Dennis Broschart7 bulan yang lalu

    I was wondering if you would have poured the pure water ax as one piece, with a slightly thicker handle, them froze it with liquid nitrogen, would it have been more durable? Would the ice's structure become more stable at lower temps, like approaching absolute zero like when you froze the head? Also I love that you used Pykrete an awesome idea, I have been fascinated with the stuff since I first read about Project Habakkuk

  42. Dennis Broschart

    Dennis Broschart7 bulan yang lalu

    @nick11crafter I did not know that thank you

  43. nick11crafter

    nick11crafter7 bulan yang lalu

    While Ice is stronger at lower temperatures, you would have to take it to those temps slowly, using liquid nitrogen or in the case of what they tried, dry ice, you absolutely ruin the ice molecularly and it will be useless, slow even cooling throught the entire structure is the only way to make it harder like that.

  44. BlueDragon Customs

    BlueDragon Customs7 bulan yang lalu

    U guys are idiots, blue ice look into it

  45. Trustin  Dean

    Trustin Dean7 bulan yang lalu

    i feel like if you just made the initial ice handle thicker (like pretty dang thick i mean) and added a blade to the end youd probably be able to chop a head off

  46. D Ford

    D Ford7 bulan yang lalu

    I remember the time I mistook the Golden ratio for the Golden rule.

  47. ra bA

    ra bA7 bulan yang lalu

    sub zeros axe is probably made of blue ice

  48. AhmetAli Gök

    AhmetAli Gök7 bulan yang lalu

    Please dont do mk 11 vids as live.

  49. axe693axe

    axe693axe7 bulan yang lalu

    ☝In theory...

  50. Dale Richards

    Dale Richards7 bulan yang lalu

    Everyone is bent out of shape over the sharpness off the axe. My understanding of sharpening blades is that the edge is ground into the material using a stone or grinder- requiring friction, friction produces heat. Anyone else see where this is going?

  51. nick11crafter

    nick11crafter7 bulan yang lalu

    Yes but you are entirely misunderstanding hpw to handle it, you can sharpen it over time and return it to say a freezer so the heat cannot accumulate and ruin the ice, if you did it all in one sitting (as it seems they did) then its just not going to get anywhere

  52. Reggie Wood

    Reggie Wood7 bulan yang lalu

    I can't remember if I mentioned this in the first video but I wish you would have tried it again, it looked like you hit the back of the skull instead of the spine, which might have actually worked.

  53. Sygless

    Sygless7 bulan yang lalu

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  54. Elfire II

    Elfire II7 bulan yang lalu

    Could have sharpened it further. But blunt force trauma is fine too.

  55. Creator

    Creator7 bulan yang lalu

    As I saw your your blade was not sharp but ice could be dam sharp at times

  56. Bryan Gordon

    Bryan Gordon7 bulan yang lalu

    So many upset people just because they could not make an absolute zero temperature ice axe that was sharpened by lasers. Anyone can redo the test with their own methods, document all the steps, film it, and challange this. That is the great thing about sciense if you think you can do better, prove it.

  57. nick11crafter

    nick11crafter7 bulan yang lalu

    You are right, but unlike most people they are being paid and hold their reputation on this, they have the resources we don't, we just ask that they do a decent job.


    USEDLIFE7 bulan yang lalu

    Like I said in the Original video there was no edge carved/shaved into either axe so it was a gloriied MACE ment to bludgeon not an axe that cuts. I hope some viewer or fan revises this test and actually does it PROPERLY!


    USEDLIFE7 bulan yang lalu

    As I also stated, you can't achieve the temperature of the ice that SUB ZERO can. But you know... Science.

  60. Orutakawa Teng'a'

    Orutakawa Teng'a'7 bulan yang lalu

    I'm wondering what it would've been like with a more executioner style axe head with it all being made out of lN2 frozen ice, because I assume the negative degree exposure would temper the ice making it harder yet stronger the way the friodor method works for steels.

  61. Troy B.

    Troy B.7 bulan yang lalu

    Will there be a follow-up Footnotes for the "ice ax" episode?

  62. 360 Glaze It

    360 Glaze It7 bulan yang lalu

    Frostmourne hungers...

  63. kanvwonder

    kanvwonder7 bulan yang lalu

    Please for the love of God do a video on Noob Saibot’s fatality

  64. Kokodragostinov Dragostinov

    Kokodragostinov Dragostinov7 bulan yang lalu

    If it was a little bit sharper (I'm talking about the mixture of ise and soaked paper) it would do more damage, and break, but more damage.

  65. FABBERNACKT kevin

    FABBERNACKT kevin7 bulan yang lalu


  66. Jamie Parker

    Jamie Parker7 bulan yang lalu

    Literally just... fuck me 🙇🏻

  67. Zanzibar Haberdasher

    Zanzibar Haberdasher7 bulan yang lalu

    I feel like you should be saying "an axe made of ice" instead of "ice axe", since theres already something called an ice axe and its not an axe made of ice.

  68. Brian Upsher

    Brian Upsher7 bulan yang lalu

    The ice axe was never sharpened. Even if it were as strong as metal, being blunt meant it probably wouldn't cut anything. If you really wanted a cutting test, you need a sharp blade. Sub-Zero's weapons are thin with a fine point. I get the ice had to be thick to absorb the impact, but there was no sharpened edge on it at all. If you were to go by a metal sword that was as blunt as that axe, it would surely fail as well