Making a katana the old traditional Japanese way is so impressive

I think this is the most impressive video that Man At Arms has ever done, and that’s saying a lot since they’ve recreated all the coolest weapons from TV shows and movies in real life. But there’s something ridiculous impressive about making a katana (stylized like the one from Kill Bill) the traditional old school… »7/14/15 2:38am7/14/15 2:38am

Inside the Fiery Workshop of a 21st Century Swordmaker

Down a stretch of country road in upstate New York there is a shed. The shed itself is nothing spectacular, a whitewash number with years of weathering. But inside sparks fly, fires breathe, and slabs of steel are fashioned into capable killing machines. This is Odinblades, a grimy shrine to the ancient art of… »4/20/15 3:08pm4/20/15 3:08pm

Trying to Make Game of Thrones Valyrian Steel Sword With Real Materials 

Nothing reigns consistently in HBO’s Game of Thrones (and George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” book series that inspired it) except Valyrian steel, a magical sword material. Valyrian steel is, of course, extremely not real. But materials scientist Ryan Consell took a look at its chemistry anyway. »4/07/15 12:07pm4/07/15 12:07pm

Watch a blacksmith make one of Game of Thrones' incredibly functional swords

Tony Swatton is a blacksmith and Hollywood's resident swordmaker; "Man-at-Arms" is a new web series that covers Swatton as recreates movie and TV weapons, from hunks of steel to intricate, beautiful, and completely usable weapons, beginning with Jaime Lannister's sword from Game of Thrones (FYI, he's not Game of… »2/13/13 5:30pm2/13/13 5:30pm

Watch Neal Stephenson slice up fruit with swords on high-speed video

In one of those Internet things that exists solely to delight us, science fiction author Neal Stephenson starts slicing up fruit (and other things) with swords, shot at about 2,300 frames per second. Come for the cantaloupe, stay for the amazing shot of Stephenson demolishing a plastic water bottle with his longsword. »1/13/13 12:00pm1/13/13 12:00pm

A brief history of the ancient science of sword making

The sword is the perennial symbol of empires, knighthood, chivalry and fantasy. But it's also one of the world's most ancient technologies, connected with breakthroughs in metallurgy that would change the world. There are even some types of ancient swords so strong that modern science still can't determine how they… »8/17/11 12:07pm8/17/11 12:07pm