Master blacksmith creates Halo Energy Sword, uses it to cut through cucumber

Pirates of the Caribbean and Batman designer forges iconic Halo weapon as his latest creation.

Master blacksmith Tony Swatton, who has created various prop weapons for movie franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean and Batman, has forged a Halo Energy Sword as his latest creation.

Swatton, owner of Sword and The Stone, takes you through the process of creating the iconic Halo weapon in the latest episode of YouTube show Man At Arms (below). He says he's been inundated with fan requests to make the Energy Sword.

His Energy Sword is 2 inches wide and 39 inches long, and is made of steel. To get the appropriate blue/purple hue, Swatton heated the sword to a temperature of over 600°F. The handle is made of an ornate mother of pearl material, he said.

At the end of the video, designers are shown using the Halo Energy Sword to cut through glass, a copy of the original Halo game, a bottle of Mountain Dew, and a cucumber. If Microsoft ever does decide to make a Halo movie, they might want to call Swatton.

Swatton has previously created real-life weaponry from the Final Fantasy and God of War franchises.

The next Halo game, the currently untitled project from 343 Industries for Xbox One, launches later this year.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Pewbert
Pewbert

Imagine that - a sword that can cut through a cucumber. I never thought I would see the day.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

That's freakin' cool, whether you're a Halo fan or not...

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Damn! You don't wanna be on the business end of that thing.

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

Too bad it doesn't light up & it shakes easily from one swipe due to the metal blade tips being a bit "loose" hence why you have to hold it with 2 hands. This is still a cool blade though.

deadpen
deadpen

Hate the game but the craftsmanship is top-notch, although it looks very awkward to hold.

SaucyMcNugget
SaucyMcNugget

This thing could do serious damage to one of those old punching bag dummies.

Paul2004
Paul2004

Watched this last night, guy knows how to make a good looking blade...tho i wouldnt trust this in a fight ;). Wonder whats next in the forge :P....youtube comments have so many suggestions its near impossible to guess.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

The man certainly knows his craft. It's a beautiful looking piece.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

people shouldn't be allowed to like Halo, the series is dead and anyone who says otherwise is either deluding themselves or is a blind fanboy

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

As much as I love his work ((The man is a genius craftsman)), this particular sword has been done ALOT. 

funkinslick
funkinslick

i appreciate the effort but the thing is just too flexible. A quick weld opposite the handle and maybe one small bit of steel rod connecting the 2 pieces about half way down the blade would have made that thing a bit more rigid and therefore more useful and cool. God knows that lovely pearl handle and the pins or the only thing holding the 2 sides together. And before you complain about the fact that the welding would change the temper of the blade in those 2 spots i posit that he could of sent it out for heat treating rather than doing it in house.  Watching the clip of that thing in use looks like it should have made the noise of bending one of those 2 man saws you see on the lumberjack games. That, or ever see that video on youtube of that kid who found his mom's "special friend" and is whipping it around like it's a sword while his dad is filming and laughing hysterically? It reminds me of one of those.


And for those complaining that it isn't a sword made of energy, we're not there yet. Scientists have recently figured out how to manipulate light in such a way that it can act like a solid on a small scale. So a good first step towards a light saber or energy sword, but still a long way off. Keep hoping.

swimbearuk
swimbearuk

It probably would look closer to an energy sword if it was clear or slightly tinted plastic/glass with some sort of powered led inlay to show dynamic waves of energy. There may be better technology for displaying the energy waves, but I don't know enough about it. That may be really expensive to build, but would probably attract a high price from fans. 


It was a nice attempt though.

Dasim64
Dasim64

They need to stop demoing their swords with glass. They're not  cutting it, they're smashing it. Big deal. I could do that with a dull baseball bat. It's not exciting at all. It's a sword, so cut something. Stop smashing stuff like it's blunt force weapon.


As for this particular sword, it looks extremely awkward and would never make it as anything other than a nice looking prop. Even as a prop it's just ok.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

First, it's nothing like the energy sword, which is broader at the handle and thiner at the tip. Second, it's not made of energy, they should have used energy instead of steel.

Barighm
Barighm

Nice, but I gotta say I was hoping for an ACTUAL energy sword, not a steel replicant. Still impressive though. It's not easy getting the colours right like that assuming he fired the colours and didn't just spraypaint them on.

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

Does it bug anybody else that he uses stamped steel instead of forging from scratch, and pouring molten metal into a mold? I don't know why, but that really drives me nuts.

Riddick123
Riddick123

Can he make a real light saber now?

timoteo2k1
timoteo2k1

Cool enough... but completely useless.

unreal101
unreal101

Awww, they just spoiled Halo 5's secret new enemy - stationary non-sentient cucumbers.

LiquidGold
LiquidGold

Death by energy sword is an honourable death. Will add this to my Zombie apocalypse survival kit. 

StryfeBringer
StryfeBringer

It looks more like the symbol for Quake than the sword.  Overall shape is similar, but his at the hilt area doesn't have that angular look.  It's more curved.  I've seen some of his videos.  Some are pretty good.  Others are complete crap (Captain America's shield for one was just horrible).

dipdish
dipdish

I love his videos. Once he made the diamond sword of Minecraft. He's incredibly talented and has a great team to work with. 

404FredNotFound
404FredNotFound

Looks very cool, but it seems god awful has an actual sword because the steal bends horribly and wobbles to much doesn't really provide a precision cut, unless it would unite both parts, with small bridges for stability, still an amazing prop.

RabidBurp
RabidBurp

Looks like we got ourselves....


*sunglasses*


A master chef....

FCT-Steve-O
FCT-Steve-O

Its a cool sword but I don't really find smashing a vase and a lego car impressive...you could of done that with a cucumber. As for poking through the box, well, I could do that with a butter knife.


Would of liked to see a watermelon or cantaloupe in there, maybe some other stuff I cant think of atm.

gamerno66666
gamerno66666

Call me when this guy make the giant anticutters from attack on titan.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@Master_Turismo  Yeah, I've seen one for sale at a comic convention.  Along with keyblades, FF7 buster swords, and pretty much every sword from Bleach.  Granted, I'm sure more work went into making this one compared to mass produced vendor ones, but it's not exactly "authentic" to the real thing either.

deth420
deth420

@Barighm  "To get the appropriate blue/purple hue, Swatton heated the sword to a temperature of over 600°F. "

SlyMC182
SlyMC182

@starcrafthenry

This guy is used to making weapons for movies and such, when you do that you usually do not have the time or the budget to do everything by hand. It has to be down and dirty with multiple copies made as back- ups because many of them will be damaged or destroyed during the filming of the fight scenes. So it does not make much sense to put that kind of time and money into a weapon unless it is the “hero prop” and will be getting a lot of close-ups and screen time and the ” hero props” are usually not used for the fighting scenes. If you have ever watched any of his other videos he will at times use casting and forging methods but this is just done for the high end stuff as I said before.

WNightbirdW
WNightbirdW

@starcrafthenry  No, and here is why. What you are talking about is casting not forging. When you cast something by pouring it into a mold it allows the steel "grains" to be pointing in all directions and voids in the metal can be formed. This makes for an inferior blade. Forging is when you start with a steel bar and then beat it into the desired shape. This will have all of the grains aligned without any voids in the material but it also increases the cost and time required massively. Stamping allows for aligned grains and no voids while also being significantly cheaper and quicker to produce. Considering this man is a professional smith whose time is valuable and this is simply a hobby project forging would be impractical.


TL;DR: Using stamped provides the best compromise between quality and cost.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator moderator

@Riddick123  He's done so many now I think that's his only option O.o

IncinX
IncinX

@timoteo2k1  I don't think he built it to be put to use.  If you watch the rest of the man at arms like the "buster sword", you will see he is creating it to show that it can be created.  Whether it is practical, well, that's up to the video games.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@timoteo2k1  if it was made into like a knife it would be really dangerous as well as cool, its just because they made it too big.

swimbearuk
swimbearuk

@nl_skipper Maybe, it depends on the effort that goes into it. I was hoping it would be much better quality than a kid's toy. I was just trying to think of how to make it more realistic, and at least it would look closer to how it looks in the game.

wolfbm
wolfbm

@Sefrix Man have I been gone THAT long??? You're a moderator now Sefrix? Hows the family and is your wife's health getting better?