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How to make a Batarang, because you know you want one


What fan of Batman, whether as a child or as an adult, hasn’t wished to own Batarangs that could scare the bejeezus out of a bad guy or, I don’t know, maybe sever a carotid artery? Well, now you can make your own … as long as you have a fully equipped blacksmith shop at your disposal.

Tony Swatton, a veteran armorer and master blacksmith who has created props for the likes of Batman Forever, The Dark Knight, Thor and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, hosts a web series called Man at Arms in which he recreates famous weaponry from movies and television series (he’s tacked everything from Raphael’s sais from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Jaime Lannister’s sword from Game of Thrones). In the latest installment, he turns his attention to the Batarangs from the Batman movies.

Normally I would razor-sharpen a knife or a sword,” Swatton says. “I’m not quite putting that degree of sharpness on it, but a comparative sharpness to these Batarangs would be as sharp as I sharpen an ax. These are not stunt Batarangs. These ones will tear stuff up.”

Don”t believe him? Watch the video below.

(via Batman-News)



Cool, where can I get one? Are these for sale anywhere?

Okay, I know I am going to come off as very nerdy here (and wouldn’t that be a tragedy in this forum), but this is not what a batarang was originally supposed to be. It was originally supposed to be something like a boomerang (thus why it’s called a batarang) but shaped like a bat. Thus, you could throw it and it would come back to you if it missed its target. This is more like a throwing star but shaped like a bat. On one hand, the original batarang is a bit of a ridiculous idea and would probably not really be practical, but I wonder if this new thing should be given a different name. I’m not quite sure what, since ‘throwing bat’ sounds a little ridiculous.

That made we wish I didn’t goof off as much in metal shop.

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