THE BEST Swords

Forging the Green Destiny

Forging the Green Destiny

Man at Arms: Reforged made a replica of the highly coveted sword from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It may not look as imposing or complex as the other weapons they forged, but it took a lot of time and finesse to create the details on both the blade and the guard.

Forging the Greatsword of Artorias

Forging the Greatsword of Artorias

Man at Arms: Reforged finally takes on one of their fans’ long-requested weapons: Dark Souls’ Greatsword of Artorias. The divine weapon is like a Gothic column, eye-catching in terms of both size and detail. There’s no way a normal man can one-hand or roll with this beast.

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Fencing Visualized

Fencing Visualized

You don’t have to understand a word of Japanese to enjoy this super cool video which not only demonstrates some key fencing moves, but illustrates them with slow motion and colorful motion trails. More Enjoy Fencing!

Forged

Forged

Man at Arms’ original host Tony Swatton makes a Roman gladius sword in this sharp time-lapse video by director Phil Holland. They made the video to test the new Red Weapon 8K system. The track is Technically, Missing from the Gone Girl OST. Watch in 4K if you’ve got the display.

Adam Savage Makes Hellboy’s Sword

Adam Savage Makes Hellboy’s Sword

Adam Savage made a life-size replica of one of the swords that Hellboy used in the comics. The 48″ sword is made of plywood, Bondo, carbon fiber tubes, aluminum tape, some spray paint and a plushie. You can skip to 26:37 for the finished sword and the post-credits time lapse.

The Toilet Paper and Ice Sword

The Toilet Paper and Ice Sword

We’ve seen lots of fancy “making of” videos from blacksmiths making awesome metal weapons. But it turns out that with a mix of frozen water and layered toilet paper, you can make a sword that can also smash helpless fruits – at least until the sun melts it.

Making Master Yi’s Ring Sword

Making Master Yi’s Ring Sword

Man at Arms: Reforged makes a real life version of the Ring Sword, the weapon of choice of League of Legends‘ assassin Master Yi. Baltimore Knife & Sword also hammer in bits of their knowledge into our brains in the process.

Making Pyramid Head’s Great Knife

Making Pyramid Head’s Great Knife

Baltimore Knife and Sword worked their butts off to make a life-size replica of the Buster Sword’s evil twin – the Great Knife wielded by Silent Hill‘s supernatural executioner, Pyramid Head.

Japanese Sword Scissors

Japanese Sword Scissors

Nikken Cutlery sells a line of scissors that look like Japanese swords. They have blades lined with hamon, handles that look like wrapped hilts and scabbards for storage. The top-of-the-line model is based on the sword of the warlord Oda Nobunaga and costs over $300.

Baseball Samurai

Baseball Samurai

Master swordsman Isao Machii shows us how he’d take on Jake Arrieta, as he manages to drive his samurai blade cleanly through the center of a baseball, tossed at 99.4 mph, and a distance of 30 feet, so the ball is even faster than at MLB’s 60 foot distance.

Saber Sparring POV

Saber Sparring POV

Blood & Iron principal instructor Lee Smith has an exciting saber duel against The Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship’s principal instructor Richard Marsden. YouTuber Skallagrim’s slow mo replays are much appreciated.

Crafting Geralt’s Swords

Crafting Geralt’s Swords

Man at Arms: Reforged made life-size replicas of the Viper School’s Serpentine swords from The Witcher 3. They forged the steel one, while they used CNC machines for the silver-plated sword.

Modern-Day Samurai 2

Modern-Day Samurai 2

Iaido master Isao Machii shows off his sword skills and lightning fast reflexes by slicing various objects lobbed at him at high speed in this commercial for telecom company SoftBank. Flying shrimp is Japanese for fast Internet.

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Forging Arya’s Needle

Forging Arya’s Needle

(Gore) For Man at Arms Reforged’s Game of Thrones project, Baltimore Knife and Sword chose to make a replica of Needle, Arya Stark’s weapon of choice. Beware Scary Stark. Stabbing is coming.

Sword Fight Supercut

Sword Fight Supercut

Clara Darko edited this highlight reel of 60 of the greatest sword and saber fights in the history of the movies. From The Princess Bride to Seven Samurai to Star Wars to Kill Bill, it’s 4 minutes of swashbuckling that builds to an epic crescendo.

Making a Mini Sword

Making a Mini Sword

We’ve featured plenty of videos showing how blacksmiths make swords, but this clip from Inspire to Make shows how to make a teensy weapon out of an ordinary nail. Using a smaller nail as the crossguard is especially clever.

Forging Squall’s Gunblade

Forging Squall’s Gunblade

Man at Arms: Reforged recreates the classic sword from Final Fantasy VIII. They didn’t bother making the gun part functional, probably due to safety and legal reasons. Besides, how the heck would that even work?

Star Wars Lightsaber Katana

Star Wars Lightsaber Katana

Sadly, Tony Swatton and his crew have parted ways with Man at Arms. But the show is in the capable hands of Baltimore Knife and Sword Co., who mashup pop culture weapons for the show, such as this katana with a lightsaber handle.

Cold Steel Cutlass Machete

Cold Steel Cutlass Machete

Combining the style of a classic cutlass with the flat, wide profile of a machete, Cold Steel’s hybrid weapon is made from 1055 carbon steel with a baked-on black anti-rust finish. Best wielded in pairs. And great for butchering meat.

Forging the Lich King’s Frostmourne

Forging the Lich King’s Frostmourne

Even Frostmourne came from fire. Man at Arms takes on one of the most requested and most complex weapons it’s ever made, the sword from the Warcraft franchise. So, we guess we have four Lich Kings now.

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Sabertron Electronic Foam Swords

Sabertron Electronic Foam Swords

Wanna play laser tag but with swords? Check out Sabertron. It keeps score by knowing when it connects with another sword and when it actually hits your opponent. It comes with an integrated health bar and has five game modes.

Forging King Leonidas’ Sword

Forging King Leonidas’ Sword

(Gore) THIS! IS! MAN AT ARMS! Blacksmith Tony Swatton and his crew replicated King Leonidas’ one-handed sword from 300. Mythbusters’ Grant Imahara then dropped by to test it, and to show just how huge Tony is.

Forging Sephiroth’s Masamune

Forging Sephiroth’s Masamune

Almost a year after forging the Buster Sword, Man at Arms’ Tony Swatton crafted the weapon of choice of Cloud’s nemesis. The Masamune measures an insane 7’2″ long and had Tony using his more unorthodox tools and tricks.

Forging the Halo Energy Sword

Forging the Halo Energy Sword

It was only a matter of time before blacksmith Tony Swatton would build the iconic Covenant energy sword from the Halo series. While his version isn’t made from glowing plasma, it’s still a deadly looking melee weapon forged from steel.

Forging Chrom’s Falchion

Forging Chrom’s Falchion

Man at Arms caps the year off with a much-awaited project. Tony Swatton and his crew made a life-size replica of the Falchion, Chrom’s sword from one of the year’s best games Fire Emblem: Awakening.

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