I like everything about “Man At Arms,” the blacksmith adventure show found on Break Media’s AWE ME channel. In fact, I like it so much, that when the good people of Break invited NMR down to Tony Swatton’s “The Sword & the Stone” blacksmith shop to watch them film, I started screaming and punching holes in walls. Then, when I found out we were scheduled to come down on the day when they would be using the built swords to destroy stuff, I took off my clothes and started a fire (I don’t have a appropriate comprehension of social norms …).
For those of you who didn’t read my initial article on “Man At Arms,” the show is basically every young guy’s wet dream … weapons, video game stuff, manly knowledge and destruction. See, Tony Swatton, master blacksmith, spends his days making interpretations of awesome weaponry from your favorite shows, video games and movies. He-Man’s sword? Check. An 8-bit version of the “Minecraft” sword? Yup. Jaime Lannister’s sword from “Game of Thrones”? You betcha. There’s essentially no limit to what Swatton can produce. And his shop, located in Burbank, is eye-popping proof of that. Tony, when he is not fashioning metal into wicked spectacle on “Man At Arms,” also does blacksmithing for the movies — including Captain Hook’s hook from “Hook” and Jack Sparrow’s sword from “The Pirates of the Caribbean,” so there is lots to see (if you come down on Saturdays when the shop is open).
So we kissed Andy Signore’s ass, he being the director of “Man At Arms,” and got him to give us the full backstage tour. It turns out that people who work on a show about building badass weapons and destroying stuff, are just like you and I — EXCEPT THEY’RE WAY, WAY MORE AWESOME! Suck it, poseurs.