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Can You Help Decode The Unknown Language On This 750-Year-Old Sword?

In 1825, a three-foot-long sword was uncovered from a river on the eastern cost of England. “If struck with sufficient force, it could easily have sliced a man’s head in two,” writes the British Library’s Julian Harrison. Though its potential uses might be obvious, the gold inscription on its face is not. »8/10/15 5:20pm8/10/15 5:20pm

Making a katana the old traditional Japanese way is so impressive

I think this is the most impressive video that Man At Arms has ever done, and that’s saying a lot since they’ve recreated all the coolest weapons from TV shows and movies in real life. But there’s something ridiculous impressive about making a katana (stylized like the one from Kill Bill) the traditional old school… »7/14/15 3:21am7/14/15 3:21am

Robot arm beats a master swordsman at slicing things

It’s a totally unfair fight since this Yaskawa Bushido industrial robot arm basically stole all of master swordsman Isao Machii’s moves and is not human, so it can be programmed and won’t get tired, but it’s really fun to see man vs machine swinging swords to see who can slice things best with diagonal cuts, rising… »6/05/15 10:07pm6/05/15 10:07pm

Video: Shattering and then reforging the sword from Lord of the Rings

Aragorn’s sword the Narsil had been famously shattered into pieces before the Lord of the Rings trilogy and was then reforged from the shards into the Anduril by the Elves in the last movie. Man At Arms: Reforged recreates that in real life by building the Narsil and then breaking the sword (it wasn’t tempered after… »6/01/15 7:05pm6/01/15 7:05pm

We Definitely Shouldn't Have Taught Robots How To Sword Fight

Japan’s Namiki Laboratory is known for its robotic arms and high-speed vision systems that can move and react faster than a human being can. That’s the neat part. The scary part is that for some reason the researchers there have decided that teaching their creations to effectively fight with swords was a good idea.… »4/10/15 5:30pm4/10/15 5:30pm

Trying to Make Game of Thrones Valyrian Steel Sword With Real Materials 

Nothing reigns consistently in HBO’s Game of Thrones (and George R.R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” book series that inspired it) except Valyrian steel, a magical sword material. Valyrian steel is, of course, extremely not real. But materials scientist Ryan Consell took a look at its chemistry anyway. »4/07/15 10:30am4/07/15 10:30am

Making a real life version of Arya Stark's Needle from Game of Thrones

Man at Arms is at its best when it makes real life versions of the weapons we see in our favorite movies, TV shows, comic books and video games. Turning something that lived in our dreams into something in real life is always fun. This video has the guys artfully making Arya's Needle sword and nailing every little… »4/06/15 3:27pm4/06/15 3:27pm

Here's a super fun video of the best sword fights in film history

Maybe because the idea of fighting with swords today seems so impossibly dangerous and probably because seeing steel on steel clang and cut flesh is just so damn viscerally satisfying but there's few things more riveting to see on screen than watching two or more actors try to kill each other with a sword. »1/27/15 2:06am1/27/15 2:06am

Pinball, Swords, Bad Air: What's Not Ruining Our Cities This Week

Long-suffering pinball fans can finally play free in Oakland. Swords are being returned to their rightful owners in New York City. And America is breathing better air than we have in a decade. Sometimes we like to look at the brighter side of urban life. It's our peek at What's Not Ruining Our Cities Anymore. »6/28/14 1:00pm6/28/14 1:00pm

A SlingSword Is A Sword/Slingshot Hybrid For Fighting Zombies

Joerg Sprave is expanding his horizons and moving The Slingshot Channel into a new era. He had blacksmith James Helm make him a small sword and this demo is a relaxing break for all of us. Just some good old fashioned coconut decapitation to test the blade. Refreshing! Oh, and the hilt of the sword also has a… »6/02/13 4:56pm6/02/13 4:56pm

The Pen and Sword Are Finally Equals With This Ninja Pen

Have you ever needed to secretly jot down a grocery list, or covertly sign a check? With this katana sword pen in your pocket, and roughly 25 years of ninja training, you'll leave people wondering how that signature appeared out of nowhere. At least until you trigger its neat "SHHINNG" sound effect and give yourself… »4/03/13 8:45am4/03/13 8:45am

Impale Your Books With a Katana Sword So They Never Topple

Samurais are a resourceful bunch, roaming the country looking for freelance work. So it's no surprise they've come up with a really simple way to keep books on a shelf from falling over: just stab them all through the heart with a sword. Or at least we're assuming that's how this Katana Bookend from Mustard works. »1/11/13 6:20pm1/11/13 6:20pm