Man at Arms' Master swordsmith, Tony Swatton, forged a real-life replica of an Orcish Battleaxe from Bethesda's role playing game, Skyrim.
The video above demonstrates Swatton in action as he talks about the battleaxe's creation process. According to the video, he has to put in extra effort to make the axe look like it was forged by an orc. The battleaxe's blade consists of the type of steel used in Mac truck springs, and even though the weapon is meant to be crude, he tweaks its lines with a bandsaw to give it a refined crudeness.
The axe's handle is red oak with a buffalo's femur adorned on its end. As Swatton points out, an orc swordsmith wouldn't have access to a belt grinder to shape the wood, it would use an axe, so he used the belt grinder to make it look like it was fashioned from axe cuts. Watch the video above for the full process and witness as wooden crates, soda bottles, large bones and dragon sculptures are sacrificed to the Orcish Battleaxe's crude power.
In May, Swatton forged Cloud's Buster sword from Final Fantasy 7. He has also recreated Finn's Golden Sword from Adventure Time, Sora's Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts, a Klingon Bat'leth, Plasma Cutting Batarangs featured in the Dark Night and He-Man's Sword from Masters of the Universe. Swatton creates an iconic weapon once a week, which are available to check out on the AweMeChannel.