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"I've built aluminum prop swords for a living. These are not aluminum props, this is a properly forged, deadly weapon."
Tony Swatton

Man at Arms is a show on YouTube's AWE Me Channel, where professional blacksmith teams use their skills to create real, functional versions of various fictional weapons. Initially master blacksmith Tony Swatton and his assistants would defictionalize a weapon based on fan demand. Later, a new season dubbed Reforged would focus on the Stagmer brothers as they combine weapons from different works into hybrid designs. After fan backlash, however, the Reforged team returned to adapting existing fictional designs as Tony's team did.


With the shutdown of Defy Media, the company behind the AWE Me channel, the future of Man at Arms was uncertain for a time. The shop team at Baltimore Knife and Sword wanted the series to continue at some point, but until such time they decided to make their own YouTube content on their own channel: That Works. Rather than recreating pop-culture weapons, That Works focuses on Vlog-style recordings of the normal work they do (and did, while they were also making pieces for Man at Arms). In June 2019, AWE Me was released from the Defy legal limbo with new owners, allowing them to upload the remaining episodes that had been completed before the company shut down. As of February 2020, pre-production work is being done on new Man at Arms content with the Baltimore Knife and Sword team, and in the meantime Matt and Ilya have started making some defictionalized weapons on their own time on That Works. Since December 2019, Matt and Illya have forged several fictionalized weapons.


    Original series pieces 

    Reforged series pieces 

    That Works pieces 


Man at Arms provides examples of:

  • Author Appeal:
    • Ilya's speciality is being an armorer. This shows through when they decide to make Erza Scarlet's armor on top of her blade. He's also a fan of Life of Boris, and spends near all his screen time in the Tapanga Machete video emulating the Slav King and uses the damn thing to make Buterbrod during the demonstration.
    • Matt also really likes making pattern-welded steel, even when it wouldn't be necessary.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Some of the weapons are this despite all the love put in their crafting.
    • The Buster Sword is just too heavy to swing around. And that's despite the majority of the blade being aluminum, with only the cutting edge being steel. It's still an 80-pound sword. As they note when it's brought back out to show side-by-side with Sephiroth's Masamune in a later episode, with the Buster Sword they pretty much just lift it over a target and drop the thing rather than swing it.
    • The Diamond Sword has a very uncomfortable grip, but it's still a real blade.
    • Mjölnir had to be made with a hollow head to avoid being too heavy to wield. Or even lift, for most people. Tony said that after the video he intended to fill the hollow space with lead so that people visiting his shop would be unable to lift the hammer he'd been swinging around.
    • The team had to build the guard of Mihawk's Yoru out of wood, then top it off with brass (instead of making the guard solid brass), simply due to the fact it would have been too heavy to even consider wielding otherwise.
    • The Gravity Hammer is another weapon that's too heavy to be wielded efficiently by one person, and is just dropped on the target rather than swung. Clearly, you'd need a Power Armor for the added strength boost in order to lift it.
    • This is actually their stated reason for why it took them so long to get around to making the Greatsword of Artorias; it's an amazing piece, but it's also massive and extremely detailed, which would turn it into a very long project for the shop. Not that they let that stop them, mind you, but it did give them pause for thought (for reference, the blade alone from tang to tip is about six feet tall).
    • The crew built Voltron's Blazing Sword with the ability to hook up to a propane tank and shoot actual flames out the sides and top of the blade (accomplished by making it a two-piece blade, with hollow spaces carved in to project the flames, welded together). In addition to being every bit as awesome as it sounds (the visual effect is stunning), it's every bit as useless for combat as it sounds: sadly, the fire quickly goes out when actually swinging the sword.
    • The Hammer of Orlon is yet another weapon that would simply be too heavy to even lift if it was made realistically; the massive head is hollow with a metal cage inside it, yet it's still phenomenally heavy and during the demonstration only one member of the crew is able to even lift it to drop it without having to grip it right up underneath the head (rather than swinging it by the handle like Poppy does, and he did it by supporting the hammerhead on his shoulder to give him extra leverage).
    • The Chainsword is a truly impressive weapon that cuts through everything the team throws at it... but it's still a weapon that was designed to be wielded by 7-8 foot tall Transhuman Super Soldiers in full Power Armor. A regular human just can't wield it like a proper sword.
    • Not the weapons themselves, but the materials when making X-23's claws. While titanium can be forged, when cutting components out on the plasma cutter or grinding the blades, the sparks given off where such a bright white that even with eye protection Matt and Kerry could barely see what they were doing.
    • When building Myrtenaster, they're pointed out that all of the weapons in RWBY have complicated and intricate mechanics to trying to make them useful, starting with Myrtenaster was probably the easiest of the main heroines armory. As well, the Weiss cosplayer forgoes Weiss high-heeled shoes in favor of simple flats.
    • Ilya notes while forging Blade's sword out of Titanium that while it is stronger and lighter than steel, it can't be made as hard as steel, giving it poor edge retention, on top of the grinding issues established back in the X-23 episode.
    • Stormbreaker is, once again, a weapon requiring Asgardian strength to wield. Despite having a hollow head, it takes lots of efforts to just lift, and it is dropped rather than swung. They even end up breaking the thick wooden table used for the demonstration!
  • An Axe to Grind:
    • Gimli's axe, the Orcish battleaxe, and the Power Axe.
    • The Keyblade is of course a giant key, but Tony chooses to interpret the ward as a blade, making the weapon most similar to an axe.
    • Divine Axe Rhitta is another large axe.
    • Stormbreaker, as in its movie of origin, is a mix of a battleaxe and hammer.
  • Badass Beard: More than a few of the blacksmiths have beards as impressive as their skills.
  • Badass Boast: In the episode for Raph's sais, Tony talks about not being able to supply a computer file for the Asgardian swords he made for Thor to the props department for The Dark World because he made all thirty swords from the first movie by hand.
    Tony Swatton: There are no computer files, I hit it with a hammer! They're like: "No way, there's thirty of them, they're the same!" Yeah, that's what I do!
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • They start out making the Scissor blade normally: drawing the pattern and plasma cutting the blade out of steel... Which they then throw out, whip out a bucketful of actual scissors, and proceed to forge the blade out of those.
    • They forge, polish, and basically make a magnificent replica of Narsil from The Lord of the Rings, only to have a Sauron cosplayer come in and use their previously-made Sauron Mace to smash it to pieces, just like the fictional version, as a demonstration on what happens when you don't properly temper a blade. They then use the pieces to show how to properly reforge a shattered sword (since the movie version was Cool, but Inefficient at best) and turn it into a polished, beautiful, and properly tempered version of Andúril, Flame of the West.
  • BFS:
    • Cloud's Buster Sword is by far the most extreme. Tony actually injured his back just by lifting it on his shoulder. It takes two people to use it, and it can only be dropped onto a target, instead of actually swung.
    • Sephiroth's Masamune is specifically compared to the above as a much more practical take on the trope; it's still a six-foot katana but you don't need two guys to lift it and you can actually swing it instead of just dropping it on your target.
    • Ichigo's Zangetsu is huge and wide similar to the Buster Sword, but is sized small enough that you can actually kind of wield it.
    • He-Man's Power Sword and Reforged's Iron Man sword are more mundane large swords, the former being long enough that they had to forge it bit-by-bit and almost couldn't reach high enough to put it into his vertical heat-treating tank, and the latter described as something that would only be practical if you were actually wearing Power Armor.
    • William Wallace's Claymore is a more historically accurate example of BFS.
    • Squall's Gunblade. That being said, it's not as extreme as Cloud's Buster Sword, but it's still pretty big for a gunblade.
    • Inu-Yasha's Tessaiga is also quite a large blade, even though it's sized down to a wield-able level compared to the anime/manga (particularly noticeable is that it's not as absurdly broad as the anime/manga version).
    • Guts' two-handed sword is taller than the blacksmiths themselves, and in the ending montage is large enough to crush wooden furniture.
    • Miwhawk's Yoru is too long to temper all at once, and despite having an even longer grip than the source material dictates it is noticeably difficult to wield.
    • During the making of Pyramid Head's knife, Matt muses that someone in the fanbase must have the knack out for him because they keep suggesting gigantic weapons that they know he'll have to spend hours grinding.
    • While forging Master Yi's Ring Sword, which is pretty big, Matt mentions that all the crazy huge weapons they've done for Man at Arms have basically turned Ilya into the country's — if not the world's — most experienced smith when it comes to giant blade forging.
    • The Greatsword of Artorias is even harder to wield than a typical BFS, because it only has a one-handed grip. Even lifting it up to drop on stuff for the demonstration was a struggle for most of the crew. Though at least it could still be done by one person, unlike the Buster Sword.
    • The Chainsword is a lesser case, being about half as tall as a man, but it makes up for it by being a completely functional chainsword.
    • Chaoseater was at the time the largest sword the Reforged team had done, and like the Buster Sword, it couldn't really be swung, just dropped, even with a mostly hollow interior.
    • Soul Calibur is at the absolute upper limits of what could be considered remotely practical, being basically two very long single-edged swords made into one sword and resulting in most of the crew using a half-sword style technique, grabbing the sword by the hilt and about five inches up from that in the weapon demo.
    • Soul Edge rivals Chaoseater and the Buster Sword for the title of "largest weapon ever made on Man at Arms, being longer than most people are tall, about a foot from back to edge at its thickest, and requiring two people to haul in and lift before dropping it, as like the Buster Sword and Chaoseater, it can't really be swung.
    • A Downplayed case for the Sharpened Nail. Justified in that due to the fact that the Sharpened Nail and its other forms are just that, nails, it needs to be scaled up to be wielded by humans rather than bugs.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: Hit-Girl's naginata is designed to split into two separate pieces.
  • The Blacksmith:
    • Tony Swatton, the person the show first focuses on, has, according to the opening narration, worked as a blacksmith for over thirty years, and made props (primarily weapons) for over two-hundred feature films.
    • Followed by Matt and Kerry Stagmer of Baltimore Knives & Swords, the Sibling Team that the Reforged season focuses on.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: The Predator wrist blades.
  • Blade on a Stick:
    • Edward Elric's spear from Fullmetal Alchemist.
    • The Reforged series "TMNT Super Weapon" combined the weapons of all four ninja turtles into a double-sided polearm.
    • Ruler's Luminosité Éternelle from Fate/Apocrypha.
  • Call-Back: Sometimes previous builds will be referenced, like the Buster Sword needing a matching Masamune, or the Phantom Blade being made in part using leftover material from the previous series' Hidden Blade.
  • The Cameo:
  • Combat Hand Fan: Kitana's fans, of course. In particular, being able to work with silk was a highlight of its production, going by the narration.
  • Cool Helmet:
    • Rainbow Dash's chamfron, a cool helmet for horses, complete with unicorn horn for stabbing.
    • Dragonborn's Iron Helmet.
    • Super Shredder's serrated helmet.
  • Cool Old Guy:
    • Tony Swatton. He's clearly also a case of One of Us.
    • From the Reforged series, Kerry Stagmer.
  • Cool Sword: All the swords created, naturally, since they are inspired by examples of the trope in fiction.
  • Cosplay: A few episodes feature a cosplayer (in a related costume) posing with the weapon or even testing it for the final sequence.
    • Sokka with the Space Sword.
    • Leona with the Zenith Blade.
    • Edward Kenway and two pirate lasses with the hidden blade and cutlass.
    • Ash Ketchum and Jessie with Honedge.
    • Blade with the Daywalker Glaives.
    • A few Star Wars characters with the lightsaber katana, including Darth Vader, Bobba Fett and some stormtroopers.
    • The pony painted like Rainbow Dash to try out the chamfron might count too.
    • Inu-Yasha with the Tessaiga.
    • Arno Dorian with the Phantom Blade.
    • A Predator comes into their shop with a busted wrist blade and asks them to replace it.
    • Sauron makes an appearance, complete with his mace forged in an earlier episode, to smash Narsil and duel Andúril.
    • Diana (League of Legends) with her Crescent Moon blade.
    • Master Chief with the Gravity Hammer.
    • Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) with her bow.
    • Asuna with the Lambent Light.
    • Xena with her chakrams.
    • Voltron with the Blazing Sword.
    • The original five Power Rangers with the Power Axe.
    • The Shredder is fully dressed with his helmet and hand blades.
    • Aquaman wielding his trident.
    • Genji wielding his sword. Also Reaper, Junkrat, Soldier 76, Hanzo and Roadhog. Because why not?
    • Green Lantern with his eponymous ring, with Deadpool stealing some jade and popping up in a window earlier in the episode.
    • X-23 with the foot and hand claws.
    • Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan) with the Omni-Directional Mobility Gear blades.
    • Weiss Schnee with Myrtenaster.
    • Alice with the Vorpal Blade
  • Creator Cameo: Michael Maurino (a.k.a. Iron Stylus), art designer on the game League of Legends, is seen Squeeing over the finished Zenith Blade. He designed Leona, the champion who wields said blade.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The main difference between the original series and Reforged: all the team from Reforged have their own episodes, where they work their pet projects with only minor help from the rest of the crew.
  • Deadly Disc:
    • Blade's Daywalker Glaives.
    • Captain America's throwing shields in Reforged.
    • Xena's chakrams.
  • Deceptively Simple Demonstration: The demonstrations at the end of each video tend to have multiple examples of this. By far, the most common example is smashing something made of glass with the weapon.
  • Defictionalization: invoked The entire point of the series is to make fictional weapons real. It should be noted that by "real", we (and the weaponsmiths) don't mean the aluminum prop swords they make as a day job. Each of the weapons made in the series is a real one with a steel cutting-edge (except for bludgeoning weapons like Thor's hammer or Sauron's mace, of course). Yes, even the Keyblade.
  • Destroy the Product Placement: The Dandao sword and Narsil/Anduril episodes have them cutting many cans of Smith & Forge Hard Cider, who provided some of the tools used on the episodes.
  • Doing It for the Art:invoked There's little other reason for things like the way they forged Ryuko's Scissor Blade, Kennosuke's Katana, the Ulfberht Sword, or Narsil/Anduril. They go absurdly far out of their way in the process of making these weapons, and their efforts are entirely invisible in the completed weapon. But anybody who watches the videos know, and more importantly, THEY know.
  • Drop the Hammer:
    • Thor's Mjölnir, latter joined by Stormbreaker.
    • The Halo Gravity Hammer.
    • Poppy's Hammer of Orlon.
    • Ghal Maraz, THE titular Warhammer of Warhammer Fantasy Battles and Warhammer: Age of Sigmar.
    • Hand of the Patriarch, a massive hammer in the shape of a pair of fists.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Matt Stagmer, one of the blacksmiths from Reforged, helps Tony in some of the original series' videos, most noticeably during the making of Finnick's trident.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: The workshop equipment is not to be played with. Tony reminds us on occasion that basically everything in his shop can kill or horribly disfigure you if you aren't mindful, like that one movie producer who managed to slash himself, fuse hot metal to his hand, and then dip said hand in acid. His old door had a sign on it saying something like "Authorized personnel only. No admittance. Everything inside is hot, sharp, poisonous, offensively rude, or all of the above."
  • Flaming Sword: For the Voltron Blazing Sword, the team decided to make it shoot flames. This is done by forging two blades, indenting one blade with grooves that act as channels for the flames to burst out, welding the blades together, and integrating a port where one can connect a portable propane tank to.
  • Forging Scene: The biggest part of every episode, of course. This is basically Forging Scene: The Web Series.
  • The Gadfly: Ilya is not above ribbing his coworkers for a laugh, like threatening to cut up Kerry's new forklift if the older forklift piece they were forging didn't work out, or swiping and using Matt's personal hammer and licking it once Matt realizes. Matt retaliates in the Shredder's Helmet episode by stealing some of his pizza while he's not looking.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • On the Kill la Kill episode, the Stagmers took a high-definition pic of the Scissor Blade, traced it on AutoCAD and plasma-cutted it with the computer, getting a perfect shape, just to toss it aside and do it manually, by forging together a bunch of actual scissors into the blade. To sum up, they actually made a working prototype that needed only to be sharpened and colored, and used it as a template to forge a weapon the hard way.
    • The Fate/stay night version of Excalibur. Making their initial piece of metal from a variety of different sources symbolically representing the other six classes of heroes of the franchise is awesome, but it was quite clear that the result of using so many different sources of iron gave the final result a very uneven piece of metal and turning that into a working blade was not a simple task. But they did it anyway.
    • Similar to Excalibur above is the Hattori Hanzo katana from Kill Bill. Matt noted that many fans wanted them to do a more traditional build, so the crew decided that they would start making the sword from scratch, following the traditional ways of Japanese swordsmiths. That includes making a real tamahagane (a type of Japanese traditional steel, basically a result of the Japanese hybrid bloomery and blast furnace iron smelting process called tatara) from raw iron ore and refine them (which is a time and labor-intensive work) into the proper steel necessary for forging the blade.
    • A challenge from the video's sponsors had them forge Narsil from The Lord of the Rings using only 19th century tools and techniques; the most technologically advanced thing they were allowed was a spring-powered power hammer, and it involved a lot of hard manual labor. They threw reason to the wind when they proceeded to use Narsil as an object lesson on why you always temper your blade lest Sauron smash it like glass, and they then reforged the entire thing from the broken pieces again, using 19th century techniques as per the challenge.
    • The sheer amount of engraving work that went into their custom Excalibur (the second one) was absolutely staggering. They did it because they wanted to make a blade worthy of the original legends, and also because whatever design they came up with was going to end up in the mobile game King of Avalon.
    • For Riddick's Ulaks, they made seven bars of pattern steel, twisted each of them seventeen times, welded them back together and proceeded to twist that unified large bar again before cutting it into two to make what amounts to... two karambit daggers. Why? Because the end-result would look really, really cool.
  • I Meant to Do That: Said by Grant Imahara after testing Leonidas's sword on a watermelon and only chipping off a little bit.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Mocked in the Reforged episode with the lightsaber katana; the stormtrooper trying it has a hard time hitting anything.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Once per Episode, one of these gets defictionalized.
  • Impressive Pyrotechnics: Mentioned during the Masamune video; during the Buster Sword's forging, when they stuck the sword into heat-treating oil, it caused an 8-foot tall wall of flame. They were anticipating something similar to happen when heat-treating Masamune's less-so-but-still-large blade and put on fire safety gear in preparation and naturally nothing particularly impressive happens.
  • Irony: Ilya noted the irony that he had a sword that was probably used to kill Russians in the Russo-Japanese War, and was now sent Japanese steel to create a Japanese sword even though he's Russian.
  • Katanas Are Just Better:
    • The reason for a katana being the weapon chosen by the Reforged gang to mash up with a lightsaber. A straight-bladed, double-edged sword would more closely approximate the range of attacks available to a lightsaber wielder, but there's no denying that a katana with a lightsaber hilt and a Galactic Empire emblem tsuba is cool. It's also fitting in that the Jedi largely fight like samurai in the Star Wars films.
    • Probably also the reason he used old katana tips to incorporate 5th Assassin into Excalibur instead of, say, an old dagger.
    • Averted, in that Ilya says that a katana is not superior to any other well-made sword and that many of the techniques the Japanese use, like using a hard steel and a softer steel and folded steel were also used by Western swordmakers.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Discussed in the Erza Scarlet episode. It's pointed out that armor was the most expensive and laborious part of the knight's equipment to produce, and that knights were supposed to represent their kingdom's highest virtues.
  • Living Weapon: Honedge and Black☆Star's Chain Scythe are replicas of such, though this being real life, they aren't actually alive.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Captain America's shield, the Hylian Shield, and Wonder Woman's shield.
  • Man in a Kilt: To test out William Wallace's Claymore, along with Scottish swordmaster Dan Speaker, Tony and Brian don kilts.
  • Master of All: Ilya Alekseyev's specialty is armor, but is there anything he's not good at? Bladesmithing, etching, leatherwork, he does everything. He's also demonstrated his proficiency in multiple different styles of traditional bladesmithing, both European and East Asian. He also got to demonstrated this as a competitor on History Channel's Forged in Fire, where Ilya won.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon:
    • The TMNT super weapon is of course a combination of a bo staff, a sai, a katana and a nunchaku. It comes out as a double-ended polearm, sai on one end and short katana-like blade on the other, with the sai attached to the handle by a chain that can either be secured in place on the end via a bayonet-like locking lug or left hanging loose by the nunchaku chain.
    • There's also the Bloodborne Saw Cleaver, which is a saw that folds out into a large straight razor of a cleaver. It even includes the locking mechanism to keep the weapon in each form it takes, requiring a custom-made spring.
  • invokedName's the Same: Ilya is a fan of Fate/stay night, which features a character named Ilya; not only does he bring this up, but there's a shade of Never Heard That One Before in his voice when he does so.
  • Nerdgasm: Each finished piece certainly aims at causing this, and they know it:
    Tony Swatton: [with the Buster Sword] How many geeks out there are having nerdgasms right now?
    Brian: [with Masamune] You mean, including us?
  • New Season, New Name: The focus shifting from Tony's crew to the Stagmer brothers' team is accompanied by the subtitle Reforged.
  • Nice Hat: Ilya Alexseyev from the Reforged crew has a leather top hat.
  • Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Tony Swatton admits feeling affinities with Tolkien's dwarves, being himself a bearded, stocky metalworker.
  • Prongs of Poseidon:
    • Finnick's trident. It's a bit different from the ubiquitous design but it still fits.
    • Reforged's Ninja Turtles mash-up weapon evokes the appearance of a trident by sticking Raph's sai on the end of Don's staff.
    • Aquaman's Trident — or rather "Quindent".
  • Reality Ensues: The team notes again and again that some of the more gigantic builds are Awesome, but Impractical. Also, Ilya explains in the historical build episodes and Q&A that making traditional blades will require more time and effort compared to the standard, run-of-the-mill production blades (to circumvent this with the time constraint, the team admits they must compromise by "cheating", as in using more modern techniques and tools).
  • Record Needle Scratch: The usual music marking the completion of a weapon screeches to a halt when Sauron breaks Narsil.
  • Retractable Weapon: A few examples thus far, in each case requiring lots of painstaking work on the mechanism.
  • Revisiting the Roots: The Reforged team, after a few episodes of making combining weapons and receiving massive backlash for it, have returned to their roots and just make fantasy weapons again.
  • Royal Rapier:
    • Asuna's Lambent Light. We get to see the blade compared to an historically accurate rapier, showing its exaggerated width, frequent with anime weapons.
    • Weiss' Myrtenaster as well, which has tons of elaborate etching. In order to simulate its ability to emit Dust, the Stagmers' version has an integrated cap-gun.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: In-universe.
    • Forging Sokka's sword out of real meteoric iron.
    • Forging Ryuko's blade from a bundle of actual scissors. There's no logical reason for doing this.
    • The two tomahawks are forged for the most part under a two-hour time limit.
    • They go out of their way to forge Andúril properly: forge Narsil using 19th century-or-earlier techniques only, smash Narsil into shards, then use more archaic techniques to forge the shards into Andúril.
    • Making The Bride's katana from raw iron, smelted into actual tamahagane strictly following the Japanese tradition.
    • Basically all the historical and traditional builds, including the Dandao and Kennosuke's Katana (using similar methods to the Kill Bill build) and the Ulfberht Sword (by using actual crucible steel).
    • Making the Fury's Song out of AR500 (read: bulletproof armor plate) steel.
    • Making X-23's claws and foot blade out of Titanium.
  • Serrated Blade of Pain:
    • The Diamond Sword, as a consequence of forging a blade in the cubic/pixellated style of Minecraft.
    • Naturally, the Saw Cleaver from Bloodborne.
    • The Shredder's helmet too.
  • Sharpened to a Single Atom: Tony has said, in response to a question about the sharpest of all his weapons, that his forging will leave blades with a monomolecular edge in nearly all cases, and it's just a matter of which materials will best maintain that edge while being used.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Keyblade episode concludes with Swatton breaking through a door with the newly forged weapon and yelling "HERE'S TONY!"
    • The Lambent Light episode features a number of references to Sword Art Online Abridged, most notably the Mundane Made Awesome depiction of Lisbeth's blacksmithing.
    • Ilya made enough references to Life of Boris in their Tapanga Machete video, from his yellow hoodie to the fact that he uses the Machete to make Buterbrod, that Boris himself took notice. He did however, criticize Ilya not adding any cucumber to his slavic sandwich.
  • Something Completely Different: One episode of Reforged has the team creating Skyrim's Iron Helmet, which doesn't even have any pointy bits to maim things with, and the ending montage has them attacking the finished piece with various weapons to show off its durability. This trend continues with every other piece of armor they make afterwards.
  • Spoiled by the Format:invoked Seeing them seemingly wrap up the Narsil build half-way through the video should've clued you in that that wasn't the only build we'd be seeing for that video. Them shattering the sword they had labored over to give an object lesson on why you should temper your blades, followed by reforging the broken pieces into Andúril, however...
  • Stab the Sky: Tony Swatton likes to take this pose with the finished swords. Of course, it's obligatory with He-Man's Power Sword.
  • Staring Through the Sword: Another obligatory pose, with the Sword of Omens' hilt.
  • Sword Cane: Jacob Frye's cane sword, of course. Includes a short blade on the side of the handle, and a retractable scythe at the tip of the cane.
  • Take That!: The final scene of each episode, where the completed weapon is shown cutting things, sometimes contains one of these. Examples include:
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Whenever the violins kick in near the end of a video you know that you are about to see some flagrant weapon porn.
  • Thunderbolt Iron:
    • Tony bought actual nickel-iron meteorites to forge into Sokka's sword. One of the main challenges of the build was having to layer and fold the crumbly and brittle meteorite metal with higher-quality steel in order to get the blade to properly forge.
    • Ilya also uses a meteorite to forge Brisingr, like it is in the novels, though he goes about processing it properly and laminating it with Japanese tamahagane.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Tony often relates a story about a movie producer who came into his shop while he was working and, to say the least, did not respect all the dangerous equipment. He picked up a random knife off a table and slashed it across his palm to see if it was sharp, cutting it to the bone in one motion. After getting first aid, he returned to the workshop and picked up a hot chunk of metal Tony was just forging, melting his skin and fusing the chunk to his hand. In a panic, he dipped his hand in what he thought was water, but was actually a vat of acid. Here's hoping that was exaggerated...
  • Weaponized Headgear: Oddjob's Hat in the first season.
  • Wolverine Claws:
    • One of the weapons forged is a set of claws based on Wolverine's from the movie with the same name.
    • The first weapon of the Reforged season is their attempt to create a gauntlet of these claws as if the Dark Knight had designed it himself.
    • Reforged later does X-23's claws, along with one of her foot blades, out of Titanium.
  • Wrecked Weapon: The Reforged team neglects to temper Narsil before winding up for the ending montage, only for Sauron to appear and smash the blade to bits. The second half of the episode features them forging Andúril from the pieces.


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