Making the Blade - Who is Forging the Weapons for the Films?

Dr. Jim Hrisoulas of the Salamander Armoury has posted a message to our messageboard imparting a bit of info on creating the weaponry for Peter Jackson's films. Here's what he had to say:

It has been brought to my attention that a rumor somehow got started that I am making some weaponry for this movie series. This is NOT the case. I did make several sword blades for a special effects firm that are to be hilted and used in either stills or in advertising. As far as I know all the weaponry employed in the making of these films are being fashioned locally in New Zealand for logistic reasons.

That makes sense--the weaponry for the film most assuredly will not be actual steel blades, but created from plastic and rubber (who remembers the floppy axe from the end of Braveheart?)--but for advertising, they'd want the highest quality steelwork for the necessary close-ups.

Check out his entire post here. And don't forget to check out the Salamander Armoury--those weapons are absolutely beautiful!
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