Tony Swatton is a master blacksmith and founder of The Sword and Stone, a black smith shop in Burbank, CA that specializes in props and collectible arms and armor. Swatton also hosted a popular webseries titled Man at Arms, in which he crafted weapons from film, TV, and video games. All of his creations are impressive, but these eight video game weapons are nothing short of spectacular.
Orcish Battleaxe (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)
If you’re one of those folks who has sunk hundreds of hours into Skyrim, you’ve likely seen, found, or made an Orcish Battleaxe. It’s hard to imagine that something like that could be real, but as you can see in the video above, it’s both real and superbly effective.
Blades of Chaos (God of War)
Kratos’ main weapons are some of the most recognized weapons in the world, and the real-life recreation of them lives up to that billing. Huge, heavy, and super destructive, these swords are everything you’d expect them to be.
Cloud’s Buster Sword (Final Fantasy VII)
Final Fantasy VII was the big news at E3 last week, but the biggest thing about that game has always been Cloud’s Buster Sword. The real-life version is so huge it takes two people to handle it properly, but it’s an exercise in awesome – all 75 pounds of it.
Diamond Sword (Minecraft)
I always thought that the swords in Minecraft looked like they couldn’t possibly be sharp enough to do any damage to anyone, or at least I did before I saw this build. Swatton managed to capture the pixelated nature of the game while still making a razor-sharp blade. It’s a great build, and one that I’d love to have hanging on the wall.
Leona’s Zenith Blade (League of Legends)
League of Legends fans, rejoice. The Zenith Blade is now real. Weilded in-game by Leona, the Radiant Dawn, the Zenith Blade is certainly memorable, so it’s no wonder it got built for Man at Arms. As a bonus, the Riot Games designer who created the sword got a chance to swing it for real.
Energy Sword (Halo)
Halo’s Energy Sword is the close quarters weapon of the Covenant Empire, used exclusively by the Sangheili. It’s also employed by players throughout the series. The real-life version may not be made of energy, but it still looks awesome.
The Master Sword (The Legend of Zelda)
It’s not to believe that the Master Sword would be one of the most requested builds for Man at Arms. After all, it appears in every Legend of Zelda game, and it’s pretty much the most powerful sword Link can acquire in all of them. The real-life creation is just as stunning as you’d imagine, capturing the color and appearance of the in-game version.
The Lich King’s Frostmourne (World of Warcraft)
Every World of Warcraft player knows Frostmourne. The sword that turned Arthas into a Death Knight of the Scourge is one of the most famous artifacts in the Warcraft universe. After it was shattered by the sword Ashbringer in the final battle against Arthas, the hilt was displayed in Dalaran for all to see. The intricate detail of this build makes it the top weapon on our list.