Wired profiles “Armourer to the Stars” Tony Swatton.
Tony Swatton is the most famous blacksmith in Los Angeles. But heâ€™s not forging horseshoes. Rather, Swatton has banged out a place in Tinseltown as the go-to guy when a big-budget movie or hit TV show needs custom metalwork. The swords in Pirates of the Caribbean? Those creepy-cool murder weapons from CSI and Criminal Minds? The Infinity Gauntlet from Thor? All were Swatton creations. …
His skill, not to mention his eye for detail, have made him the go-to guy for anyone who needs the most realistic, and awesome, weapons. Heâ€™s got a knack for coming through with just the right thing.
â€œWhen you look at actual historical weapons, they often donâ€™t live up to your expectations,â€ says Shawn Strider, the organizer of the Labyrinth of Jareth masquerade in Los Angeles, who has used Swattonâ€™s swords and armor in several of his events. â€œBut when you look at Tonyâ€™s work, itâ€™s exactly what you wanted it to be like.â€
Demand for Swattonâ€™s creations is huge, and the odds are youâ€™re familiar with his work. The hook from Hook, the blade from Blade, creepy weapons from the Hellboy movies, Batarangs from Batman Returns and even custom crucifixes from Sons of Anarchy all came from the forge at The Sword and the Stone. All the vikings in Capital Oneâ€™s â€œWhatâ€™s in your wallet?â€ commercials carried Swattonâ€™s gear, and Rihanna, Katy Perry and Britney Spears have worn his armor in videos. Itâ€™s an odd occasion when Swattonâ€™s fingerprints arenâ€™t on something seen in a big-budget flick.
Hat tip to the Dish.
Swatton forges Jamie Lannister’s Sword for Game of Thrones.