Who’s got two thumbs and a giant real-life replica of Final Fantasy VII’s Buster Sword? This guy: master swordsman and renowned propmaker Tony Swatton.
And we’re not talking about the sort of fake plasticky Buster Sword prop some of you may have seen a Cloud Strife cosplayer wield at a random anime convention somewhere; Swatton’s Buster Sword weights around 70 to 80 pounds (he couldn’t “carry it out of his garage without hurting his back”, according to Swatton), and has an edge sharp enough that it can actually cut through things.
Things like, entire pet bottles, jars, melons, and… the entire freaking table on which those melons were placed on.
This has to be seen to be believed.
Cloud Strife’s Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII isn’t the only real sword Tony Swatton has ever forged, of course. He’s also made:
He-Man’s Sword (from Masters of the Universe)
For more of Tony Swatton’s work, check out the AWE me YouTube channel.