and exacting re-creations of swords and armor made famous in film, television,
literature and fantasy art.
Does "Fully Functional" Mean?
object can serve its function just by hanging on the wall. It
does not have to be functional as a sword in order to achieve
However, few collectors today are content with "looking
at but not touching" their film replicas -- most expect
that if a piece looks like a sword, it should function like
Though our recreations are not intended to be used as weapons,
our customers do want to take them down off the wall and swing
them around in the privacy of their own home -- to recapture that
feeling of a particular scene from a film. Most film replicas
are not made for even such casual use -- in fact some are possibly
We make all of our pieces "fully functional" -- not
only for accuracy, but for safety. Because most people do not
disassemble their replicas, they may never know the difference
-- until something breaks.
Below is a photograph showing one very basic difference between
our film re-creations and the less expensive and more widely available
The tangs of
4 of our recreations, from left to right: Vic Anselmo Sword,
Conan Master's (Father's) Sword, Conan Atlantean Sword
and the Highlander Masamune Katana,
and in the center, the (broken) tang of a popular film
sword replica by another manufacturer.
|Note the full
tang construction of our recreations (no welds anywhere, the blade
and tang are one piece.)
The other replica (center) has a "stub" tang, to which
is welded a threaded piece of bar stock.
"fully functional" means that the science, engineering
and art of swordmaking is applied to each recreation we make. Even
when recreating the look of the original, we make whatever
design enhancements are necessary to make the piece behave
like a true sword -- from taper and cross-section of the blade,
to weight, distribution of mass, heat-treating and other details.
Most original film props do not include these characteristics, but
as we say -- we strive to bring you not only what you saw on
film, but what you thought you saw as well:
A fully-functional sword, worthy of a hero.
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note: Film Swords recreations are NOT intended for use as a weapon.
Any such use voids all warranties and no liability of any kind for such
use can be assumed by Film Swords, LLC or its licensors.
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