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While you may think the laws of a fantasy world where a Keyblade-wielding teenager rubs elbows with Disney characters couldn’t possibly translate to our world, don’t tell that to the folks at Man at Arms: Reforged.
After tackling the original Kingdom Hearts Keyblade in the first season, the Man at Arms crew decided to revisit the his game series with Sora’s weapon the Oathkeeper. Incredibly intricate, it’s characterized as the “most challenging” of the Kingdom Hearts weapons to build.
Nearly a year and a half after Man at Arms took up Thor’s hammer, Man at Arms: Recharged sets out to recreate Loki’s staff (aka the Chitauri scepter) from Marvel’s The Avengers.
It’s a labor-intensive process — would we expect anything less? — that yields impressive results, even if the staff doesn’t quite match the one from the Marvel Studios film.
Tony Swatton, the veteran armorer and master blacksmith who previously recreated the Dark Knight’s Batarangs and Captain America’s shield on his web series Man at Arms, is back to craft a replica of Thor’s hammer Mjolnir.
Apparently lacking uru, Swatton and his crew instead use materials like chromoly steel, bronze and other Midgard materials to forge the mighty weapon, which weighs 20 pounds hollow and will be 200 pounds when filled.
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.