Man at Arms creates a real Minecraft diamond sword (and it’s f*cking cool)
Authored by Rob Newberry
Master swordsmith Tony Swatton, (a.k.a. Man at Arms) has been responsible for many of the prop swords you see in television shows and movies, and in the past we’ve seen him create He-Man’s sword, Batman’s batarangs and the sai from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So when his viewers requested to create a real-life Minecraft diamond sword, the self-professed non-gamer took on the challenge and came up with a whole bunch of win.
The sword isn’t made of actual diamonds, but the way in which the metal has been cut and forged makes it cut like one, and it looks super bad ass too. The blade was built with 5160 spring steel that was left over metal from the fireplace grate in “The Haunted Mansion” film, and the handle was made with cocobolo wood and ebony. According to Swatton, the handle is anything but comfortable:
Because this is a sword based on a video game that is oversized pixels, it’s not going to be the most comfortable tool to hold in your hand. It’s going to be effective, but it’s going to hurt the person holding the sword almost as much as whatever’s whacked.
The pixelation lines were cut in using an abrasive cut off saw, and it was tempered to a blue colour that really makes it look impressive. Scratch that…it looks f*cking awesome. What was even more impressive was the way it was slicing through fruit, keyboards and Lego after it was completed.
No idea if it’s for sale, but my guess if anyone was going to make a play for it – it would be someone who sold 16 million copies of the game it was based on.
Source: Minecraft Forums