Kit Steinkellner
April 09, 2017 9:45 am
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We are SO excited for the seventh season of Game of Thrones to hit our screens this July. YOU GUYS, SUMMER IS COMING!!! There are so many things that fuel our obsession with this series. The sky-high stakes. The mesmerizing characters and slam-dunk performances. And of course, the meticulous as heck world-building. The details in this series are thoughtful beyond belief.

Someone had to go ahead and actually real-life forge one of the most famous swords from Game of Thrones for us to truly grasp just how incredible the GOT production design truly is.

Meet Man At Arms: Reforged, a webseries in which a team of blacksmiths at Baltimore Knife and Sword recreate famous fictional weapons.  They’ve made everything from Elektra’s sai to Green Lantern’s Power Ring.

And on the most recent episode of Reforged, the team recreated one of the most well-known Game of Thrones weapons: Ned Stark’s sword, Ice.

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Look, we may not be swordsmiths, but we know enough to know that the making of a sword is no easy thing. Especially if you’re smithing for the Lord of Winterfell.  That said, we didn’t realize just how complicated creating a Game of Thrones-worthy sword is until we watched the Man at Arms team create Ice.

It’s a multi-multi-multi step process that involves constant manipulation and re-manipulation of the steel. This kind of work requires seemingly infinite patience. These guys have to work long hours with the utmost care. Because, you know, they’re literally handling red hot steel.

Watching these guys make a sword like Ice feels like watching the Olympics. Like you see real humans accomplishing these tremendous feats, and you’re just like, “HOW?????” You know you could never do what they do. And this makes you respect them all the freaking more for their superhuman skill.

Seriously, after watching this, we have a newfound respect for both the weapon-makers of Westeros and real-life swordsmiths and machinists. It is truly a Herculean task making a weapon like Ice for a man like Ned Stark. Respect where it’s due.

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