Game of Thrones has become a global sensation since HBO first started airing the series based on George R. R. Martin’s fantasy canon, A Song of Ice and Fire. It’s full of everything you could ask for; amazing swordsmen like Jaime “The Kingslayer” Lannister, incredibly beautiful and powerful women like Daenerys Targaryen, and monsters of men like Sandor “The Hound” Clegane.
But if you want to see a real-life badass in the vein of Game of Thrones, look no further than master blacksmith Tony Swatton. Every Monday on his Web show, Man At Arms, he “forges your favorite weapons from video games, movies, and television.”
This week, the weapon is Longclaw, wielded on Game of Thrones by everyone’s favorite bastard, Jon Snow. We don’t expect Jon to understand, since he knows nothing, but Longclaw is a Valyrian steel sword passed down through the house of Mormont. Ser Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, passed it on to Jon because his son, Jorah Mormont, had brought dishonor to the house.
Fittingly enough, Longclaw is what’s called a bastard sword — even outside the Game of Thrones lexicon — a long sword that “typically had longer handles which allowed use by one or both hands,” according to Medieval Collectibles.
Want to learn more? Watch Tony at work as he recreates the impressive weapon of your favorite Game of Thrones character.