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Legendary swordsman Bob Anderson dies at 89

Every now and then, we like to eulogize those who have made a significant impact in the world of knives and swords. While most people we honor were bladesmiths, the recent death of Bob Anderson at 89 is something we can’t ignore.

If you’re not familiar with the name Bob Anderson, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the work he’s done. Anderson was the man behind (and sometimes in) many of the most notable sword-fighting scenes in the movies for the past five decades. Examples of the movies he had a hand in include the original Star Wars trilogy, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Princess Bride, The Mask of Zorro, Highlander, The Moonraker and much more.

Before becoming involved in the movies, Anderson was actually an Olympic fencer before answering an ad to work as a fencing coach for a British film studio. Although he didn’t win any Olympic medals for his fencing prowess, he gained much more fame and exposure working in the movie industry.

A while back, I wrote a post on the most badass sword fighting scenes and Anderson’s work featured prominently in the list. His most notable role by far was in the original Star Wars trilogy. In A New Hope, he did some training behind the scenes to prepare the actors for sword fighting. However, in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Anderson actually donned the Darth Vader outfit and performed the stunts himself. While this went uncredited for a long time, Mark Hamill finally revealed the secret in an interview later.

Although Anderson may have recently passed away, you can still see some of his new work in the upcoming 2012 film The Hobbit. If you can’t wait, simply put on one of the biggest epics that featured sword fighting and you’ll see his skill translated through the big screen.

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Sword-Wielding Robots on Slow March to Take Over World (Video)

If there’s anything that movies like “Terminator” and “I, Robot” have taught us, it’s that all robots are evil and will eventually take over the world when the opportunity strikes.

That’s why hearing the news that a PhD student at Georgia Tech taught a robot how to fight with a sword made me a bit wary. But, seeing the images and watching the video on how they’re going to make it work replaced my weariness with respect.

You’re probably wondering why anyone would want to teach a robot how to expertly wield a sword (other than for the obvious reason of creating an army of overzealous ninja robots). The real reasons are actually pretty genius.

First, the robot is only learning to defend itself from a human sword fighter, not to attack. This is so robots can learn how to predict and react to human movements, so if there are service robots interacting with humans, that interaction will be much safer.

As of right now, the only sword fighting the robot is doing is simulated on a computer, but as you can see from the picture above, the robot is more than capable of picking up an actual sword.

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Top 10 Badass Movie Sword Fights (#1)

We’re counting down the top 10 movie sword fights of all time in conjunction with our first Cutting Edge product give-away.  Comment on this post or any other between today and midnight on Sunday and you’ll be entered to win a 51-inch William Wallace replica sword .

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1. Kill Bill, Vol. 1The Bride Vs. The Crazy 88

This Quentin Tarantino classic, starring Uma Thurman as a sword wielding bride out for revenge, has a variety of legendary and violent fight scenes. In this scene the bride faces the wrath of The Crazy 88 and all their violence. That scene begins around the 4 minute mark, but the previous scene is also worth a watch. The combination of sword fighting skills, violence and awesomeness makes this the number one movie sword fight.

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Top 7 Hottest Female Sword Fighters

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What’s sexier than a sword?  How about a hot chick slicing up her foes with one?  Here, for your viewing pleasure, are the top 10 female sword fighters.

7. Violet Song jat Shariff (Milla Jovovich)Ultraviolet

Even though the sci-fi thriller was widely panned by critics for its excessive complexity and lack of realism, the film did produce one of the hottest sword wielding fighters of all time. Throughout the film, Violet, played by Milla Jovovich, relentlessly plows through groups of inept fighters with a range of weapons, including swords and knives. Check out the cool scene below where Violet takes out a room of sword fighters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn6btSjAzPk

6. Guinevere (Keira Knightley)King Arthur

Along with being fierce, Guinevere, from the 2004 film about King Arthur, engages in some truly amazing battles. For her loyalty, skill with swords and other weapons and refusal to give up, Guinevere takes the number 6 spot on this list. Check out some of her fiercest moments from the film in this clip.

5. The Bride (Uma Thurman) – Kill Bill, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2


Say what you will about Uma Thurman, but The Bride in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films is one hot sword fighter you don’t want to mess with. In one of the greatest sword fights in cinema history, The Bride takes on a group of masked men replete with gore and violence. Look at some of her moves in the clip below.

4. Xena (Lucy Lawless) Xena: Warrior Princess

It’s impossible to compile a list of hottest female sword fighters without including Xena. Even though she’s only a fixture on the small screen, she remains the quintessential female warrior. Throughout her six seasons on television, she battled countless enemies with humor and intensity. Kudos to any woman who could carry around that massive sword and wield it skillfully.

3. Jen (Zhang Ziyi)Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

The battle scenes in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are whimsical, impassioned and inventive and no one in the film represents this deftness more than Jen. The beautiful sword fighter, who was destined for an arranged marriage but yearned for a warrior’s lifestyle, engaged in several battles throughout the movie including this iconic fight in the trees.

2. O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu)Kill Bill, Vol. 1

Although she may appear innocent and fragile, O-Ren Ishii should never be crossed, as demonstrated from the clip below. The film emphasizes her flawless beauty, grace and fighting skills, especially when pitted against The Bride.

1. Elena Montero (Catherine Zeta-Jones)The Mask of Zorro

This curvaceous student and love interest of Zorro earns the top spot on this list for her sword fighting skills and undeniable good looks. In the clip below you see her playfully battling Zorro with a rapier fencing sword before losing her clothes to the masked swordsman. Throughout the film, she demonstrates intimate knowledge of sword fighting and uses it for good.

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Top 10 Most Badass Movie Swordfights (#3 and #2)

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3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonYu Shu Lien Vs. Jen

This 2000 epic martial arts film has a number of sword fights worthy for this list, but none tops the scene below that shows these two girls engaging in an acrobatic sword fight.

2. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – Darth Vader Vs. Luke Skywalker

Even though they’re not technically swords, lightsabers brought back the popularity of sword fighting and inspired millions (including the famous Star Wars kid) to take up sword fighting. This entire list could have been filled with only Star Wars sword fights, from the scene with Darth Maul to the Yoda and Palpatine fight. But, when it came time to decide, this first duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader from The Empire Strikes Back remains the most iconic.

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Top 10 Most Badass Movie Sword Fights (#7 and #6)

We’re counting down the top 10 movie sword fights of all time in conjunction with our first Cutting Edge product give-away.  Comment on this post or any other between today and midnight on Sunday and you’ll be entered to win a 51-inch William Wallace replica sword .

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7. ScaramoucheAndre Moreau Vs. Marquis de Maynes

Whereas the previous entries featured a lot of special effects, this 1952 movie featured pure one-on-one sword fighting that most likely took a lot of time to coordinate and practice. This scene is reportedly the longest sword duel in cinema history.

6. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Jack Sparrow Vs. Will Turner

Pirates are notorious for being sword wielding fighters. In the first film of the Pirates series, Jack Sparrow and Will Turner undertake a cool sword fight that contains snarky dialogue and culminates in the emergence of a gun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFVX-JKdYVo&feature=related

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Top 10 Most Badass Movie Sword Fights: (#9 and #8)

We’re counting down the top 10 movie sword fights of all time in conjunction with our first Cutting Edge product give-away.  Comment on this post or any other between today and midnight on Sunday and you’ll be entered to win a 51-inch William Wallace replica sword .

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9. TroyAchilles Vs. Hector

In this 2004 film based on Homer’s The Iliad, there are some really great battles that occur throughout the movie. Here is another battle to the death between Brad Pitt’s character Achilles and Eric Bana’s character Hector.

8. Monty Python and the Holy Grail – King Arthur Vs. The Black Knight

This scene is perhaps one of the funniest sword fighting scenes in any movie, and well worth a position on this list.

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