You guys are so cute, I could just maul you to death.
Mathematical! Jake's sword in Aventure Time is adorably ineffectual - the hilt is longer than the blade! - but that's not going to stop master swordsmith Tony Swatton from tackling it. Watch as Swatton forges Jake's sword from scratch, then uses it in slow-motion to destroy stuff like watermelons (because Adventure Time doesn't always make sense).Read More
Slow motion makes everything cooler. Even Finnick.
Finnick looks pretty tough in the new Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, using his District 4 talents to throw around a trident like it's the most dangerous weapon in Panem. Master swordsmith Tony Swatton decided to make his own version of Finnick's trident, and then see what kind of damage it could do.Read More
I'd be careful headbanging with those things on, though.
Man at Arms is a delightful web series about a blacksmith who makes weapons from famous science fiction and fantasy franchises at the Internet's behest. This week, propmaster Tony Swatton indulged our insatiable need for badass weaponry by creating a set of replica Wolverine claws out of steel. No, they aren't retractable, but they can slice completely through milk cartons and upright cucumbers with basically no effort. Man, that is awesome. And they use CGI on the movies? That's really disappointing.Read More
Oh, hell yes. Tony Swatton is a blacksmith by trade, and he's made weapons for scads of movies and TV shows. Swords for Game of Thrones, cutlasses for Pirates of the Caribbean, Batarangs for Batman, and so on. But now he's turned his craft-- and his YouTube series, Man At Arms -- to the ultimate weapon of the universe. Swatton has forged He-Man's Sword of Power.Read More
"At some point, [a friend] and I decided it would be fun to dress up like vikings and go to restaurants and do reviews," Swatton said. "The next night, we went to Griffith Park Observatory where they were doing a laser show about the northern lights. There were 15 of us and we all had our weapons -- axes, spears, everything -- and we heckled everything."Read More