Making Jaime Lannister’s sword
By Winter Is Coming on in Media, Production.

In a new web series by Break Media, called “Man at Arms”, Hollywood swordsmith and propmaster Tony Swatton recreates famous weapons from TV and movies. For the debut episode, presented by HBO’s Game of Thrones, he forges Jaime Lannister’s sword.

Winter Is Coming: That was pretty cool. It is amazing the amount of work that goes into creating just this one sword. The armorer for Thrones is Tommy Dunne and he has stated that they handcraft all of their weapons and armor. Just think about how many man-hours go into creating everything we see on screen.


52 Comments

  1. Arkash
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Such a difficult art…

  2. Sky Aero
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    I want a sword too please!

  3. Roopert
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Its amazing the level of detail that goes into the show.

  4. Pablo Jainaga
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Awesome

  5. juego de tronos
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    It is so amazing the proccess to do a sword!

  6. king of the North
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Ive always been a huge fan of swords. Amazing how they each are created.

  7. the waif
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    wow

  8. EPN
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Just had to show the guys smashing stuff with the swords. I guess if you spend days making them you might as well have some fun as well.

  9. Ser Aerys Oakheart
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Please make Ice next!

  10. novichaso
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    awesome profession

  11. Jambo
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Looks like a fun job.

  12. LV
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    What nonsense. A blade’s fuller is meant to decrease weight – there is no such thing as “blood grooves”.
    Also, weren’t the main swords in Game of Thrones made after traditional fashion by a bladesmith (Tommy Dunne) instead of using modern industrial stock removal tools on blanked out steel bars?

  13. Lord of Fangs
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Totally awesome video!

  14. Christopher Ruocchio
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    LV is right, fullers were put into swords to reduce the weight of the blade, it’s why you sometimes see swords with two, or even three. The guy does nice work, and I couldn’t even come close–but I am rather disappointed to find out he doesn’t make swords the correct way. His swords are fine for drama, but they’re stamped and cut steel, and’ll break if you really put them to the test.

  15. KG
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 11:17 am | Permalink
  16. Jimbo
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    That is so awesome seeing it from the very beginning! What an art !

  17. king of the North
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Christopher Ruocchio:
    LV is right, fullers were put into swords to reduce the weight of the blade, it’s why you sometimes see swords with two, or even three. The guy does nice work, and I couldn’t even come close–but I am rather disappointed to find out he doesn’t make swords the correct way. His swords are fine for drama, but they’re stamped and cut steel, and’ll break if you really put them to the test.

    </blockquote
    Put them to the test?? I dont know about you but smashing cars up with a sword is thery definition of putting it to the test!!

  18. Hunter
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Weak. Should have been gold.

  19. Mrs. H'ghar
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    SWEET!

  20. Mr. Ed
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    As he was pouring the bronze into the mold, I found myself screaming “ONE RING TO RULE THEM ALL!!!”

  21. The Onion Knight
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Hopefully Vayriansteel.com/shop throws Jaime’s Kingsguard blade on their site for sale this year. Would be nice to own the sword used for slewing Aries Targaryen, plus Jaime is my favourite character in the books.

  22. 3eyes
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    This loving attention to detail by the entire technical crew is just one of the elements that go into making GoT a work of art, worthy of our time and attention. Roll on season 3!

  23. Wolfheart
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Smashing/cutting glass with a blade made in such a incorrect fashion is easier than using that blade on flesh and bone and wood and armor.
    Here’s one way a real masterpiece of sword is forged:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXbLyVpWsVM

    What he made was meant for display and short use only. Not really good for any combat or and not “battle ready”. Beyond that its a perdy piece of art. Nice pommel and hilt.

  24. WildSeed
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Forget about Jaime Lannister……. this sword smith is awesome !

    He was also featured in a NOVA presentation of the ” Viking Ulfberht Sword “,
    which aired in the US just a few months ago ( Public Broadcast System ).
    Tony Swatton actually re-created the Ulfberht using same smitty methods
    utilised in days of the Christian Crusades and Viking conquests. I believe
    the sword was tested for molten content by experts that measure such products.

    Awesome post *>*

    Has Conan the Barbarion’s birthday passed yet ? :D

  25. AlexBaratheon
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Im pretty sure he’s making a prop for the show not a “real” sword for an acutal battle. big difference. I’ve used a number of these types of swords on stage and its bad ass. What a fun job!

  26. Grijnwaald
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    WildSeed:
    Forget about Jaime Lannister……. this sword smith is awesome !

    He was also featured in a NOVA presentation of the ” Viking Ulfberht Sword “,
    which aired in the US just a few months ago ( Public Broadcast System ).
    Tony Swatton actually re-created the Ulfberht using same smitty methods
    utilised in days of the Christian Crusades and Viking conquests. I believe
    the sword was tested for molten content by experts that measure such products.

    Awesome post *>*

    Has Conan the Barbarion’sbirthday passed yet ?:D

    Ahh, the Ulfberht sword is quite special, along with other Viking, Saxon and Frankish swords. Pattern welded, the beautiful swirling patterns, chevrons and stars really does it for me, and the amount of time, effort and skill put into making these masterpieces is staggering! Much more interessting than seeing a sword cut from a bar of metal…still, it’s a prop right? ;-)

  27. Eric
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    WildSeed,

    That was actually Richard Furrer a blacksmith in Wisconsin.

  28. Lior
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    As far as I can tell this guy is not the armourer HBO hired for GoT (his IMDB credits don’t include GoT, for example), and he’s not describing how the sword was made for the show. Rather, this is an experienced armourer who has made a sword on his own following what he saw on TV and is posting a movie about it.

    HBO’s armourer is Tommy Dunne.

  29. After The Feast
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Sure this guy does good work (hell, he does great work) but the guys at work for Weta for Lord of the Rings are better, no offense. Those guys made real armor and real swords that were “battle ready”. And in no way am I criticizing Game of Thrones smithing because this guy, I believe, isn’t an official Thrones smith. Season three is under fifty days away!!! It’s coming so fast!

  30. WildSeed
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Eric:
    WildSeed,

    That was actually Richard Furrer a blacksmith in Wisconsin.

    Ah yes, I recall the smitty from Wisconsin on the telecast, but I thought Swatton
    resembled the bloke… they both look similar……. If Furrer was the smith
    in the broadcast , I stand corrected. Thanks :D

  31. WildSeed
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Grijnwaald,

    LOL, I pushed my memory of that Ulfberht broadcast, and forgot about Jaime’s
    sword. I’m sure it will do as a prop, and prove less dangerous to handle than
    the real deal. A very nice career for a nerdiest smithy….. one gets to make all
    the swords a slayer needs. I suppose Conan the Barbarian deserves recognition
    too, and Drogo of course *>*

  32. peter sweeney
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    I have been working metal for close to 38 years. Think about it , in westoros the had no power hammers or propane , or electric sanders. So yes there is a lot of work put into this sword and it is a piece of art, but just think what it took to do these completely by hand tools. I would say ten times as long . If not more

  33. Fog
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    3eyes,

    The Onion Knight,

    He is not a crew member. The person who makes the swords for GoT is Tommy Dunne.

  34. xFire and Bloodx
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    i wanna see the valyrian sword that jamie gave brienne

  35. Baramos
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m surprised that for somebody forging medieval weaponry replicas that he still repeats the myth about the purpose of a fuller. The purpose of a fuller is not as a “blood groove” to prevent a (non-existent) vacuum. This has been debunked handily.

    The purpose of the fuller is to remove excess metal from the sword while not compromising its strength. The sword is lighter and easier to swing with a fuller because more metal has been removed from the blade, but is still just as strong in a sword fight.

  36. Christopher Ruocchio
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    king of the North:

    It’s still wrong.

  37. Ioco73
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    Here is a brief but poignant article from last year which basically says that when compared to GoT, the LOTR trilogy is basically child’s play…

    http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/30/entertainment/la-et-game-of-thrones-20120330

  38. Cheyenne
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    You are awesome! Amazing work!
    I’d love to see Robert Baratheon’s warhammer (don’t know if you make things like that, but i’d love to see it)

  39. Brian Inman
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    That is simply amazing. I wish I had the skills to make swords like that.

  40. After The Feast
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    Ioco73,

    Ya that’s about the show as a whole, not about the weapons and armor. I still enjoy both LOTR and GoT thoroughly!

  41. king of the North
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Christopher Ruocchio: It’s still wrong.
    Its still swesome.

  42. Kael of the Lake
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    Baramos,

    I know, it’s pathetic.
    I’d go further and say that a man who would like to sell the products of his effort wouldn’t be harmed if he dedicated some time to check out some historical facts about them, instead of repeating quotes by people who clearly knew nothing about swords except that they were used for killing and look cool hanging by one’s side.

    I have to add that a fuller gives a vast amount of elasticity to the blade while delivering a blow. At the time of impact the power alone is enough to break the blade but the fuller absorbs much of the pressure and help the sword return to its original state. This way they could use harder metals without the fear they’ll break after some hits. Ask any mechanic about that and look at some slow motion videos to see how much a blade distorts even during swings.

    Off course a heated metal bar doesn’t need a fuller. I’m sorry but that guy is not a weapon craftsman. He has the tools, he picked up some things about how forging works but at the end he is a decorator.
    Also the guy who “tests” the sword by smashing things doesn’t know how to swing a sword (or any non firearm for that matter). The video shows clearly that he has the wrong foot in front, he turns his body around, he hits the bottles with the middle of the blade, not the tip… Nah, completely amateurish and wrong.

  43. Inn atthe Crossroads
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Man, that is cool. Can I just follow him around for a week?

  44. sunspear
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Winter, your links to the new casting article are broken.

  45. Zack
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Wolfheart,

    I watched this entire video, so awesome. Thanks so much for linking it :)

  46. Joe
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Tommy Dunne doesn’t take kindly to feckless extras mucking about with his swords. True story.

  47. Nerd
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Cool. Cant wait till he makes Oathkeeper!!!

  48. Monica
    Posted February 13, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Lord Stark’s Valyrian steel sword was made into two. Now wouldn’t that be something to see? I thought Tony Swatton was an artist. He only makes it look easy…

  49. spacechampion
    Posted February 14, 2013 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Nerd:
    Cool. Cant wait till he makes Oathkeeper!!!

    He doesn’t work on the Game of Thrones production. He’s just a prop sword maker in Hollywood doing this webseries, but not even using the techniques that the production uses for GOT. So this video gives us very little insight on how GOT’s Jaime Lannister sword was actually made.

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