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Watch Swordsmith Tony Swatton Forge Sting From ‘The Hobbit’

A few weeks back, we told you about a man who forges iconic swords and weapons from movies with an emphasis on functionality. That means his creations are made to be used in combat (or chopping pineapples and cans of soda in half, which are what the demonstrations consist of).

Well, master swordsmith and propmaster Tony Swatton is back this week with his latest creation: Sting from The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings.

In case you’re one of the few people who hasn’t seen the four (soon-to-be five) films or read the decades-old books, Sting is a dagger forged by elves in Gondolin. The dagger, which is basically a sword for the miniscule hobbits, has the magical ability to glow blue to indicate when the humanoid beasts called orcs are nearby.

If I’ve lost you with all the nerdiness, let’s get straight to the point: this blacksmith made a functional replica of a badass dagger/sword from a movie. If you’re the collector-type and would like the actual prop used in The Lord of the Rings movies, you can buy the original at an upcoming auction. However, be prepared to shell out anywhere between $100,000 and $200,000.

Check out the video to see how we made the weapon. Although he wasn’t able to replicate the ability to glow on command, he did give one side of the blade a bluish tint that looks amazing.

Don’t forget to take a look at the other Man At Arms videos or browse through Tony Swatton’s site. You can even visit the armory in Burbank on Saturdays—something we may do in the future.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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  1. Wow! That is great! I will definitely check the site later. I love the sword at The Hobbit!

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