​He Crafted Thor’s Mighty Mjölnir, Then Smashed Stuff With It

There are few fictional weapons as mighty as Thor’s hammer Mjölnir. It can harness the power of lightning, drain radioactive energy, and knock Iron Man down a peg or two.

This version of the legendary hammer, crafted in honour of Thor: The Dark World by AWE‘s Man At Arms Tony Swatton, may not be able to flatten mountains, but it sure can smash the crap out of a watermelon. Take that, watermelon!


  • I’ve been trying to put my finger on why I don’t like these videos… and I think I’ve worked it out.

    They’re all so high tech.
    It’s largely done with machinery.

    The man does good work, and it all looks very nice… but I think I’d rather if it was all done by hand, using the traditional methods…

    Y’know what I mean?

    • It would take way too long for that. Especially as he does this on the side (compared to mainly producing a lot of arms quickly for movies etc)

    • Samurai swords are folded over something like 70 times right? And take years to create byttraditional means… that’d be alot of videos O_o

      • Nope, try maybe 8-20. 10 folds is 1024 layers, 20 is 1048576. I think people mistake the layers for the amount of folds and that’s where the numbers blow out for how many times it is folded.
        Also if they took years to create then almost none would have ever been made and apprenticing would have been near impossible.

    • All the work he does is with his hands and his brain. The machinery is used the same way an ancient smith would use it: the tools of a skilled craftsman.
      -To do it all with tech you’d make up a shape in CAD then get some sort of fabricator machine to do the work for you.

      If you used older style tools to make the hammer then the finished design would be very different. The current prop only looks that way because it’s an accurate reproduction of a fantasy drawing, not a real hammer. A real hammer that you made by forging molten iron would not look that way, and it’d be too heavy for a human to lift at that size… heavier than 200lb because the handle would probably need to be made of a solid piece of steel so it wouldn’t break when the hammer was used.

      Making “real” objects and making fantasy props is pretty different.

    • But it’s all done by hand…? He designs it, measures it all out, makes templates, cuts it all out, even heats up the metal to bend it. sooooo not sure what you’re referring to by ‘high tech’? That seems pretty low tech to me.

      As ozoneocean said, if it was largely done with ‘high tech machinery’ then it would be all input into the computer and then just carved out automatically with a jet stream or some other kind of 3d manufacturing device (similar to how some OCC wheels are made).

  • The design of the prop hammer is pretty fricken lame, but then it was developed from comics back when comic art was pretty crude.
    Anyway, the vid is very cool and Tony Swatton does a phenomenal job at replicating the prop. He’s extremely able and professional. Good to see how he goes about the process.

  • These videos always give me anxiety, watching them get their bare fingers in so close to the saws and pile drivers and other nasty smithing tools.

  • If you watch his older episodes he explains why he uses machines like the power hammer, power grinder and others, the Beverly shears he uses to cut thin metal is an old style tool and he makes his own tools

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