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Adam Savage's Indiana Jones Grail Diary Prop Replica!

Adam shares one of his oldest movie prop replicas: a recreation of Henry Jones's Grail Diary from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade! As an example of his early prop replicating adventures, Adam's Grail Diary was a product of the printing technologies available to him at the time as well as scarce (and low resolution) reference material found from a variety of sources including DVD extras and behind-the-scenes art books. Adam walks us through how he made this replica and shows us the pages within!
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  1. Nathan Beard

    Nathan Beard

    Päivä sitten

    Adam, Could you please film a 1 day build where you actually redo this diary!? Please! 🙏🏼

  2. Michele Gasparutti

    Michele Gasparutti

    2 päivää sitten

    Did you photoshopped Hitler’s autograph in it too?

  3. Tawelwch Gaming

    Tawelwch Gaming

    4 päivää sitten

    Oooh Flax... I miss Flax

  4. mk17173n


    5 päivää sitten

    It belongs in a museum!

  5. Torquil Harkness

    Torquil Harkness

    6 päivää sitten

    I have not heard foolscap since i was a kid :-D

  6. Torquil Harkness

    Torquil Harkness

    6 päivää sitten

    You can understand the kindness and generosity, and the way in which Adam's mind works, when he starts on a long process to make something, but makes 13 of them because he knows he is going to be sharing the results!

  7. JJtheFYIguy


    6 päivää sitten

    Adam..... TV show is over. jamie took a bow.... was nice what you said about grant... enjoy the nerds at comicon who want to know how the titanic raft floated so long on episode blah blah.... take a bow buddy retire.... just rambled on an on thinking people still want to hear. lost.... just lost bud. whatever’s this is.... this is not content that should be posted. people arent dying to know

  8. The J-Man

    The J-Man

    8 päivää sitten

    but i think marcus still has that map

  9. The J-Man

    The J-Man

    8 päivää sitten

    Venice ............

  10. Cruiserfrank


    8 päivää sitten

    Geez, allergies in California in April and May are MISERABLE; I know, too. Hope you feel better, Adam! (Oh, and this is AWESOME!)

    • Cruiserfrank


      8 päivää sitten

      And my wife just said she also used onionskin back in the day to write letters to send...Air Mail.

  11. BevsArtsandCrafts


    10 päivää sitten

    This is brilliant...as always. Hope you’re feeling better. I’ve been the same with hay fever recently 🙄 take care 👍🏻

  12. NOJ


    11 päivää sitten

    Has he worked out what the tell is? Has he said it anywhere on film? I feel like this bit of information will be very important in a few decades when Adam's props become collector's items, but he's not around to say if it is his or not, and someone needs some proof that they have an Adam Savage Grail Diary.

  13. soldeed77


    11 päivää sitten

    Tell me you signed it Adam Hitler as the tell lol

  14. Swayzee68


    12 päivää sitten

    You inspired me to give book binding a try! After going down the rabbit hole of websites offering all sorts of details on how to make one, I picked a few well made videos, grabbed some newsprint paper, cut, sawed, and kettle stitched all my signatures (3 folded sheets per signature, 24 signatures), added some pretty end sheets and headbands, wrapped it in faux leather just because it was my first try. So satisfying! They came out so beautiful! I don't plan to copy grail diary stuff into any of them them, but I have always loved that journal. I made a miniature one and might try to make a mini grail diary of of it. ;) Thank you sooooo much for this inspiration!

    • Swayzee68


      Tunti sitten

      I wish I could find one sort of definitive version of the book, showing it page by page. Why isn't Steven Spielberg sharing it?! Lol! I've made several of these now (all blank except for one of the small ones in which I'm copying some grail pages that I found online), and have even taught a couple of workshops in book binding to my friends. It's addictive! 💕

  15. Fred Flintstone

    Fred Flintstone

    12 päivää sitten

    Go look up the word fired.

  16. Sally Winston

    Sally Winston

    12 päivää sitten

    I loved him on Mythbusters. RIP Adam Savage

    • M R

      M R

      9 päivää sitten

      @Sally Winston Call it an anti-turgidity safe word.

    • Sally Winston

      Sally Winston

      9 päivää sitten

      @M R not a name that inspires safety to me lol

    • M R

      M R

      9 päivää sitten

      @Sally Winston Too many syllables. It should be shorter than "Ollie North".

    • Sally Winston

      Sally Winston

      9 päivää sitten

      @M R my safeword is pineapple

    • Sally Winston

      Sally Winston

      9 päivää sitten

      @M R yes wipe good as well

  17. Find the Wild

    Find the Wild

    13 päivää sitten

    As someone who has always been obsessed with 'special' books in films and has just learned the basics of bookbinding, I LOVE THIS!

  18. [REDACTED]


    13 päivää sitten

    If you are interested in learning bookbinding then DAS Bookbinding is THE channel to go to. To date probably the greatest repository of bookbinding techniques, structures, and styles on FItop.

  19. pedersenist


    13 päivää sitten

    I guess book binding is a skill that will no longer exist in a few years



    13 päivää sitten

    The paper would be great for the mark 1 cave schematics...

  21. SA12String


    13 päivää sitten

    Wow. You brought back a memory of grammar school. I cannot for the life of me remember why I needed to use onion skin paper back in the early 70's, but I remember handling a LOT of it for a school project. I still remember the feel of it.

  22. Steven Williams

    Steven Williams

    14 päivää sitten

    When Adam speaks I honestly feel he's talking directly to me. I'm fascinated by his passion for his art and get easily drawn in by his excitement and obvious obsession. Thank you sir...



    14 päivää sitten

    Just watching thus has brought on my Hayfever! Are you a fellow Victim or is it a Cold! I appreciate your commitment, you dont sound good!

  24. Bakamoichigei


    14 päivää sitten

    3:00 So, it's like that pinstriped green paper which seems to be the standard package wrapping paper in China and Hong Kong? (So often paired with that bright yellow packing tape whose adhesive smells like peppermint...)

  25. Richard Medlock

    Richard Medlock

    14 päivää sitten

    Haven't heard foolscap in a while! It was commonly used standard in filing cabinets back in the day - offices were full of them! A bit larger than a4. Maybe also ring binders too. No idea why or where it originated from I assumed it was just to keep your page edges protected. I think the grail diary spawned my fascination with small notebooks especially moleskin and the yellowish pages! Always loved the elastic band holding it altogether.

  26. Riq Jones

    Riq Jones

    15 päivää sitten

    In the film Hitler signed the diary. I wonder if Adam replicated that

  27. Jesse Hosmer

    Jesse Hosmer

    15 päivää sitten

    It’s so beautiful I would love to have one of these for sure

  28. Matt Attack

    Matt Attack

    16 päivää sitten

    Man, what I would give just to sit down and be able to look through that page by page. If only I was so lucky.

  29. Atlas Hugged

    Atlas Hugged

    16 päivää sitten

    5:49 it’s freaking Christmas

  30. fungalspore


    16 päivää sitten

    Love Adam over the years...but now he looks like hes ready for the retirement home....

  31. Paul Hardy

    Paul Hardy

    16 päivää sitten

    Where is the Shield rubbing??

  32. Sean


    16 päivää sitten

    man, where do you even go to learn about Photoshop in 2002 without FItop or the internet as we know it?! I can't imagine there were even a lot of books on how to use Photoshop back then. I remember Photoshop in 2002 and it was a shell of what we have now.

  33. Simon


    16 päivää sitten

    Adam. You are a beautiful man! Thank you for this.

  34. saeideh rad

    saeideh rad

    16 päivää sitten

    It is so sweet to binge watch all the geeky chitchat What a delight

  35. Leonardo Almeida

    Leonardo Almeida

    17 päivää sitten

    Adam: starts the video with "Hi kids" My 30 year old ass: 'HII UNCLE ADAMM!"

  36. DreamFactory Entertainment

    DreamFactory Entertainment

    17 päivää sitten

    The LAST CRUSADE (1989) is my favorite of the franchise. But the whole franchise is great.

  37. JL B

    JL B

    17 päivää sitten

    dont forget the signature of a certain nazi dictator :-)

  38. bill Mccaslin

    bill Mccaslin

    17 päivää sitten

    I watch this channel not because I'm a maker or a builder because I am not I watch this channel because of the passion you show for what you do you are an incredible human being we are lucky to have you.

  39. Marloes Vissers- Schurman

    Marloes Vissers- Schurman

    19 päivää sitten

    I have made this prop myself. I have written it all by hand in a blank book. I have used the spreads and filled in the rest using the grail diary from the Lucas arts point and click game. It was a lot of work, but even more fun to do. I’m really proud of it!

  40. Owen Dufka

    Owen Dufka

    19 päivää sitten

    Your mentioning of onion skin paper has intrigued me in a massive way. It’s making me want to start some half dozen builds... but I can seem to find a convenient source of the stuff. So... where can it be found for purchase?

  41. Matthew Daniels

    Matthew Daniels

    20 päivää sitten

    I'm about to start my own and I would genuinely love to see you make another one.

  42. Steve Johnson

    Steve Johnson

    21 päivä sitten

    I'm in my mid 60's, and have a very fond memory of spending time with a neighbor when I was three or four. My parents had asked him to use his professional bookbinding skills to re-assemble a stack of paper that had been a centuries-old family bible containing hand-written records of births, marriages, deaths, immigrations, etc. on the endpapers (that side of the family had been farmers in Sweden). He showed me every step in the process, and every material and tool he used (including a broad-bladed knife-like piece of elephant ivory). The result was remarkable. It's on my bookshelf as I write this.

  43. OgreWithanIronClub


    21 päivä sitten

    Foolscap is a paper size standard that was used is some European countries before ISO standard sizes. And the name comes from a water mark of a fools cap that was on the paper. I don´t have a clue why it had that specific watermark on it.

  44. Jay Holtslander

    Jay Holtslander

    21 päivä sitten

    I wonder what Adam’s username on RPF is. Haha. Probably “Joe73852”

  45. Grumpy Oldman

    Grumpy Oldman

    21 päivä sitten

    There's nothing quite like finding the right paper or card for a project like this. I remember spending ages looking for the exact shade of red for an old British driving licence replica.

  46. Gary


    22 päivää sitten

    You have inspired me to make one for myself. It's one of those things I never knew I wanted until now.

  47. Jaymz Ruggiere

    Jaymz Ruggiere

    22 päivää sitten

    no knights shield rubbing replica? done in two parts of course ....nice job love IJ: atlc

  48. Mary Rysdale

    Mary Rysdale

    22 päivää sitten

    fools cap is a size... onion skin is that stuff you used in the typewriter

  49. dvddmc


    22 päivää sitten

    any one else continue to gaze at the Iron man Mark 1 in the background

  50. Jorqlip 1

    Jorqlip 1

    22 päivää sitten

    When he talks about onion skin paper what’s the difference between that and tracing paper?

  51. Dented Battle Armor

    Dented Battle Armor

    22 päivää sitten

    Insane book

  52. Dorian McCarthy

    Dorian McCarthy

    22 päivää sitten

    Dude! loudest snot sucking DX just do a silence in post or something. sorry, had to not watch the rest.

  53. Saccromycaes


    22 päivää sitten

    That's not what I did when I was getting divorced and needed something to do with my hand.

  54. James Herring

    James Herring

    22 päivää sitten

    would be epic having having Adam Savage as an Imgur secret santa

  55. Andrew Wozny

    Andrew Wozny

    22 päivää sitten

    Holy Flurking Snit... GTFO

  56. Glen Ford

    Glen Ford

    23 päivää sitten

    Just to clarify, foolscap was a paper size (8x13) just slightly smaller than legal size (8.5x14). It was common for school for student essays. Typically it would be lined double spaced (so twice the width of a modern three-ringed binder paper). It would also have a very wide margin at the top (3/4 to 1 inch if I remember correctly). Often it would also have a left margin. The margins were almost always in red and the lines in blue. The paper was typically legal pad yellow although I do remember having some white pages. The easy way to get it is to print legal size and then cut it down. Onionskin was too thin to actually type on (the typewriter would cut it). It was placed behind a regular typewriter sheet. It was fun because if you set the pounding weight too high or included too many onion sheets, you would cut the onion sheet with your keys. You'd pick up the onion sheet and the letters would all fall out. Miniscule "a"s and "o"s were the worst.

  57. Landry Stewart

    Landry Stewart

    23 päivää sitten

    I wonder if Adam would ever want to make a "Handbook for the Recently Deceased" from Beetlejuice

  58. Brigand231


    23 päivää sitten

    Onion skin paper was also significant back in the day before the Internet because it was cheaper to send international air mail.

  59. curiouslizard


    23 päivää sitten

    Onion skin was easier to erase if you made a mistake typing that was it’s great charm, and more durable than standard wood pulp paper which had an awful surface for corrections. Wonderful video, huge Indiana Jones fan!!!

  60. Ignasio Esteban Gonzalez

    Ignasio Esteban Gonzalez

    23 päivää sitten

    If there was someone able to do that...it was you, simply amazing!

  61. Jani L

    Jani L

    23 päivää sitten

    Just wondering... why the book was adressed to ”prof. Indiana Jones” when his father, who posted the book, refers to Indy as ”Henry Jones jr.”? So, if Henry Jones Sr. Posted the book, shouldn’t it been addressed to ”Prof. Henry Jones Jr.”, since he didn’t use name ”Indiana” from his son??

  62. Lord Skei

    Lord Skei

    23 päivää sitten

    Wonderful idea. I’m doing this right now actually. Will have a spot on my coffee table for sure!

  63. Karla Jaeger

    Karla Jaeger

    23 päivää sitten

    I totally understand what he means. I had to go to a kinko's before me and my band cut, folded, and glued the lyrics into little books. But it was worth it.

  64. Just Another Day In the Life

    Just Another Day In the Life

    23 päivää sitten

    I got one of these! It wasnt cheap. 1000% accurate as hell.

  65. Pelado Carlos

    Pelado Carlos

    24 päivää sitten

    You haven't said a word about the rubber band... What about it? It is of some specific type (I'm pretty sure it is, but I have to ask), do you have to trim some larger one, how the color match the hero prop...

  66. time engineer

    time engineer

    24 päivää sitten

    If there is only ONE prop I could have. It’s this. Beautiful, beautiful piece from a truly marvellous movie.

  67. Tossphate


    24 päivää sitten

    This is the holy grail for me. The greatest prop in film history, and a personal journey for anyone who takes it on as a project.

  68. Austin Lafield

    Austin Lafield

    24 päivää sitten

    These are the type of prop that you leave in random places an years later it will become a "real myth" 😅

  69. Ian Cryar

    Ian Cryar

    24 päivää sitten

    So Adam’s marriage ended. He made a movie replica prop. I walked away from my marriage & got blind drunk. I think Adam’s method of dealing with it makes more sense but I think my way was cheaper (I bought a drink & the bartender gave me three) but I’m happy that Adams showed that build.

  70. HeliZero


    24 päivää sitten

    Hi Adam. Did you also insert the signature of Mr. A. Hitler on one of the pages? That would be awesome.

  71. Darren Yorston

    Darren Yorston

    24 päivää sitten

    @ Adam Savage. If you interested in the history of books I highly recommend historian Robert Darnton's wonderfully named "The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History". The book covers many of the aspects of book production during the Ancien Regime that you may find interesting.

  72. Gary Willoughby

    Gary Willoughby

    24 päivää sitten

    Ohhhh..the cover

  73. Ken Deater

    Ken Deater

    24 päivää sitten

    Try Zyrtec...🙄🤧

  74. Kongpong Reviews

    Kongpong Reviews

    24 päivää sitten

    test some tissue paper...because you need to BLOW YOUR NOSE

  75. Michael Hutin

    Michael Hutin

    25 päivää sitten

    I know where your other Grail diaries are Adam, there being put on E-bay after this video.

  76. Azrael GT

    Azrael GT

    25 päivää sitten

    Great, now I want one of Adam's Grail dairies.

  77. Annie Johnson

    Annie Johnson

    25 päivää sitten

    This totally Tickled me. I am a paper crafter and making Journal books is as you say a joy but the funniest part for me is your copier issues. I can never explain to people why it is so hard. and why there is some waste. you really made my day. Thank you!

  78. Ryan Stark

    Ryan Stark

    25 päivää sitten

    Has anyone found the book that he mentions The magic of myth? I bet those pictures would be amazing to look at.

  79. VonBek2009


    25 päivää sitten

    Sorry, really wanted to watch this but the snotty snorting was too much, can you redo this when the pollen is a little lower....😊

  80. Caleb Shaver

    Caleb Shaver

    25 päivää sitten

    So good. I'd love to own one of those!

  81. Vincent Jansen

    Vincent Jansen

    25 päivää sitten

    Just wondering how much would you ask for a prop that cost so much time to develop and make? I love making props but have no clue how much it’s worth.

  82. Hey I'm a Maker

    Hey I'm a Maker

    25 päivää sitten

    I love postage packaging that looks like its been places and passed through many hands. Always reminds me of old cartoons where someone or thing gets shipped around the world.

  83. Simon Garner Photography

    Simon Garner Photography

    25 päivää sitten

    The paper, is what we normally use for parcels here in the U.K. Also want to say Book binding is definitely fun

  84. Word On Watches

    Word On Watches

    25 päivää sitten

    Does it have Adolfs signature in it???

    • JrGoonior


      25 päivää sitten

      I was going to ask the same...

  85. 808craig


    25 päivää sitten

    "Only the penitent man will pass"

  86. Mr Deschain

    Mr Deschain

    25 päivää sitten

    Just wondering was the shield rubbing not considered part of the Grail Diary. I didn't see it when you went through the book?

  87. Mark Villanova

    Mark Villanova

    25 päivää sitten

    Holy Shiva this is the most wonderful prop I have ever seen!

  88. Milner62


    25 päivää sitten

    What about Hitler's signature? Did you include that in your grail prop?

  89. will


    25 päivää sitten

    I can't explain it to anyone unless you see it, Adam's mind set and enthusiasms is exactly how I feel when I do a replication,ive done 1920s gas station pumps ,4 military band organs ,pipe organ ,1920 microphones ,radios, 1920 broadcast tranmitter ,cameras all from scratch and even sold a few things that ended up in antique malls or museums ...on and on thats what a master maker is all about.

  90. Young Duckie

    Young Duckie

    25 päivää sitten

    Maybe write a continuation of the journal as a differnet character to fill in more of the space? Would that ruin your idea of the Grail Diary? Or would it be a creative work of genius? just a thought

  91. Tyler Wales

    Tyler Wales

    25 päivää sitten

    The foil tape sword of Damocles!

  92. Tom T.

    Tom T.

    25 päivää sitten

    I am legitimately furious you did not show us Hitler's signature. That is like the one thing everyone knows is in there but it's the one thing we never see. Damn you Adam. Really disappointing.



    25 päivää sitten

    So rad!!! I made one when i was 13. Fun process indeed.

  94. Kim Hanley

    Kim Hanley

    25 päivää sitten

    Seeing this reaffirms my desire to make replicas of the book from Ninth Gate and the paperbacks from In The Mouth of Madness. I'd love to have those on my bookcase.

  95. mark burban

    mark burban

    25 päivää sitten

    It can be done with some models of copy machines, but they require very regular servicing as they often drift slightly out of alignment very easily.

  96. Joshua S

    Joshua S

    25 päivää sitten

    What a treat it is to discover having something in common with Adam Savage. I have made dozens of books myself!

  97. N AMJ8

    N AMJ8

    25 päivää sitten

    Stumbled upon this and thought yes, we all get into time consuming projects like this. And also that someone should've had an intervention to say "Adam, you really need to stop this. Now." But it's all so much fun! Totally useless, but so much fun.

  98. d ph

    d ph

    25 päivää sitten

    This must be based on the time BEFORE Indy got his hands on it because it didnt have Hitlers signature on it.

  99. White Noise

    White Noise

    26 päivää sitten

    is Adolf Hitler's signature in it too ??!!

  100. drunkenCosmonaut


    26 päivää sitten

    I'm not saying I think what Adam does isn't cool but does he ever make anything useful?