The latest project by master swordsmith Tony Swatton, a veteran propmaker for television and film, is the hidden blade sported by Edward Kenway in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag — and making the weapon a functional piece takes a lot more elbow grease than you'd think.
In the above episode of Swatton's show Man At Arms, the swordsmith replicates the iconic spring-loaded hidden blade through a long process of firing, grinding and polishing. Swatton notes that he previously worked on weapons for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Master and Commander, making the famous and favored blade of the Assassin's Creed series an easy challenge.
Swatton even mounts the blade on a bracer that looks as though it was pulled right out of the game, right before he begins test-stabbing various fruits to make sure the blade works. He even make a cutlass to go along with it — because when you can make your own swords, why not?
Watch the rest of the video above to see Swatton's full construction process. Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag will launch on Oct. 29 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will launch alongside the consoles on Nov. 15 and Nov. 22 respectively. The Windows PC version will launch Nov. 19.