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  • (thrilling music)

  • - I'm Matt.

  • - I'm Kerry.

  • - [Matt] We are the Stagmer brothers

  • of Baltimore Knife and Sword.

  • We're going to be building some of your favorite weapons

  • and some weapons you've never seen before.

  • - [Kerry] This is Man at Arms. Reforged.

  • - So if you've been watching

  • our League of Legends builds before

  • and we've talked about playing,

  • you'll know that I mostly play ARAMs.

  • When you're playing ARAMs,

  • that one champ you don't want to see on the other team,

  • especially from a competent player,

  • is Master Yi.

  • To create Master Yi's blade,

  • I'll be using 3.5 inches of 4140 stock.

  • I'll be knocking this down,

  • getting it down to a bar form using the Nazel power hammer.

  • It'll take me about a half an hour to get it down to a bar

  • and then we'll work from there.

  • - [Matt] Now that Kerry's done a lot of the brute forging

  • and really broken down this round stock

  • into a nice long bar,

  • Ilya's going to take over from here

  • and start forging the blade.

  • He's going to continue drawing it out.

  • He's going to work on both the flat

  • and on the sides to make sure

  • everything stays nice true as he draws it out.

  • Here, you can clearly see where Ilya's spraying water

  • onto the blade as he's working

  • and the scales popping from the surface.

  • The reason we want that scale to pop off

  • is it can leave really deep pits in the metal.

  • We have a really limited amount

  • of material to work from this time.

  • We've got to make a pretty large blade

  • so we can't afford any loss.

  • (thrilling music)

  • You can see now, Ilya's turning that symmetrical point

  • that he forged in into the more Tanto,

  • katana-like point that we're used to seeing in the game art.

  • You've seen Ilya do very similar work

  • on the Kill Bill katana episode.

  • Ilya's quickly become one of the major masters

  • in this country at forging super large blades.

  • Not too many people even take those commissions.

  • Many customers come, asking all different sword makers

  • if they'll make super huge large blades

  • like you guys request.

  • Ilya has now forged more than

  • probably any of them in this country, maybe worldwide.

  • He's quickly become a master

  • and it's fun to watch him work.

  • At this point, Ilya's removing the handle section

  • so that he can define the tang.

  • Doesn't need that handle on there for leverage anymore

  • now that the blade's drawn out so long.

  • He's flipped it over.

  • He's using a hot cut tool underneath the power hammer.

  • He's just going to remove that material,

  • allow him to forge that section.

  • Now that the power hammer work is done on this blade,

  • Ilya's going to move to the anvil

  • and start forging in the bevels.

  • You can see, as he works to get these really steep bevels,

  • he's working on the very edge of the anvil.

  • This is so that when he holds that blade at an angle

  • and strikes it matching that angle,

  • he doesn't hit the face of the anvil,

  • dinging it or possibly chipping the anvil.

  • To give you guys a sense of time,

  • Ilya's been hand-beveling now for about an hour.

  • He's now at the point where he's joining

  • the tip bevel into the shoulder bevel.

  • He's got about a six-inch section to go.

  • This is a long process,

  • takes about 20 heats to get the bevel forged in

  • on a big blade like this,

  • so he's just going to stay at it

  • and then I'll be ready to do the grinding.

  • Now that the forging is done,

  • it's time to start the grinding.

  • I have a few things I gotta work out before I start.

  • This is a hybrid between a Chinese ring sword,

  • which has nine rings down the back of the blade.

  • this only has two,

  • and a Japanese katana.

  • The Chinese ring swords are very flimsy and very light,

  • used in traditional forms.

  • Japanese katana's very thick and has very prominent edges

  • so I have to do a blend of them both.

  • I'm going to start by profiling just slightly

  • and then start on those heavy bevels.

  • (thrilling music)

  • - Today, I've been working

  • on the League of Legends ring sword

  • and I'm doing the rings

  • that are going to hang from the sword.

  • We're going to do them out of bronze

  • and we decided to do them

  • as the stylized snake that's eating its tail.

  • Now I'm in the process of carving the scales on it

  • and once the scales are carved on it,

  • we'll cast it in bronze and then finish it tomorrow

  • and any place where I've lost the scales,

  • I'll be able to put them back on with the chasing tool.

  • - [Kerry] We'll be doing these castings with lost wax.

  • First we take the waxes and screw them into a tree.

  • Then they're set into a flask

  • and plaster is poured around them.

  • It's a special plaster called investment.

  • It'll go into the kiln.

  • We slowly ramp up to 1350,

  • lowered to a thousand.

  • It'll be placed into the casting machine

  • and then I'm going to bring in

  • molten, 2100-degree bronze

  • and pour it into the vacuum machine.

  • After it reaches 900 degrees,

  • we'll take it to the water,

  • it'll steam off the investment,

  • and show us our bronze.

  • - The last step before heat-treating the blade

  • is to get those holes located and drilled in

  • where our rings will go after.

  • Now that we got our blade ready for heat treating,

  • its time to move onto the guard portion.

  • Just like in some previous League of Legends builds,

  • the splash art doesn't always match with the end game art

  • so I've had to do a little figuring out,

  • see where I want to go with this guard.

  • This is the main splash art for Master Yi

  • for his basic standard skin

  • and this is what we've based our design off so far.

  • Unfortunately, all the pictures I can find of it

  • have that guard and the blade off angle

  • so what I had to do was kind of zoom in here,

  • take a good look at everything,

  • and I just freehand drew

  • what I thought the guard would look like.

  • What I'm going to do now is I'm going

  • to mirror it over from the center point here.

  • Just gotta fill in a few lines.

  • The blade will come out of this section.

  • Probably going to set a stone

  • or something like that in the middle,

  • cut some overlays to make those borders rise out.

  • We'll be good to go.

  • (thrilling music)

  • So we have six different pieces that make up this guard.

  • We have our central wings,

  • we have the quillon block,

  • and then the outer pieces

  • which are going to make it look like a nice rise border.

  • What I have to do now

  • is I gotta take both of these quillon block pieces

  • and instead of them being nice and flat,

  • we want them to angle towards the blade

  • so they're thicker at the handle

  • and thinner at the blade.

  • (suspenseful music)

  • - (mumbles) heat treat Master Yi's sword, his Da-dao.

  • This blade is made out of 4140 steel.

  • It's an excellent steel for jackhammer bits,

  • hammer dies and other impact tools.

  • 4140 has approximately 0.4% carbon,

  • means I don't have to watch my temperatures

  • as carefully as some other higher carbon steels

  • but it has tons of manganese and tons of chrome in it.

  • This means if I were to try to hamon this blade,

  • it would not show any hamon

  • because it's a deep-hardening steel

  • and the quench goes all the way under the clay to the spine.

  • - [Kerry] Ilya now goes into our long furnace