Watch: Man At Arms Swordsmith Forges Bilbo's Sting from 'The Hobbit'

December 3, 2013
Source: YouTube

Bilbo's Sword Sting from The Hobbit

"And I shall call you Sting!" We're less than two weeks from the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which means Tolkien mania is kicking back in. While you can purchase prop replicas of the various weapons from shops like United Cutlery and Weta, swordsmith Tony Swatton of the YouTube series "Men At Arms" tackles making a full replica of Bilbo's sword Sting from scratch. While this isn't exactly showing us what it was like when the elves forged the dagger, it is a badass video showing us what it's like to make one of these for real nowadays. Yea, I'd like my own real-life Sting to fend off (Mirkwood) Spiders, too.

Special thanks to GeekTyrant for the tip on this. The video is from the AWE me channel on YouTube, part of their Man At Arms series. "Every other Monday, master swordsmith Tony Swatton forges your favorite weapons from video games, movies, and television. This week, he tackles Bilbo's Sting from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We were honored to have Kevin Lieber from Vsauce2 (of Legendary Swords) join us at the shop." You can find more info and details on the weapons made by Swatton on his website The Sword and the Stone. The latest Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug, hits theaters on December 13th.

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Sweet. These guys are a dying breed.

DAVIDPD on Dec 3, 2013


As long as fantasy and sandals movies need weapons, those guys will be in business.

cobrazombie on Dec 4, 2013


Honestly, I would not be surprised if they just start stamping out cheaper mass, produced Chinese stuff in the near future.

DAVIDPD on Dec 4, 2013


Just amazing to watch that type of artistry.

Quanah on Dec 3, 2013


That guy, probably has the best job ever.

ProjectionistHP on Dec 4, 2013


Hey very nice blog! on Jan 17, 2015

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