How Much Video Game Weapons Would Cost In Real Life

How Much Video Game Weapons Would Cost In Real Life

From tip to handle, it's approximately 6 feet long with a single-edged large blade approximately 12 inches wide. Life-size replicas sell for $1,399 on Etsy. However, the replica comes with the following caveat: "While this item is sharp, please be aware that it is basically useless as an actual sword." So it's great for cosplay, but you wouldn't bring it with you into actual battle. In other words, it's a replica — as advertised — and nothing more.



Enter Man At Arms: Reforged, a YouTube show in which a real-life blacksmith makes real-life versions of fire-forged melee video game weapons. Comprised of the stuff they use to make aircrafts and M-16 rifles for the outside body of the blade and a lot of other metals, the Buster Sword for this episode weighed in somewhere between 75 and 80 lbs. The total cost of the materials isn't listed in the video. That said, although their Buster Sword is undeniably more awesome than anything we could make, its unwieldy weight and the blade's aluminum body ultimately disqualify it. Would Cloud use aluminum? Doubt it.


So we're back to square one. If the Buster Sword resembles anything, it's a huge falchion. The retail price of a falchion is usually less than $500 — like this one for $195. Bear in mind, that's for a tempered high-carbon steel blade. Ideally, you want your blade to be lightweight and maneuverable, since you're going to be lugging it around on your shoulder for either 40 hours or until your back gives out. If you're looking for something a bit more flashy, a typical custom longsword can run upward of $1,500.



All in all, we should expect to pay Lamborghini prices for Cloud's beast of a longsword. Considering the artistry of the etchings and the importance of the sword being as lightweight as possible, we might want to get an opinion from the experts on lightweight longswords: the certified katana-makers of Japan. The standard price of an authentic tamahagane steel katana made in Japan and registered with the Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan (thus proving its authenticity) and measuring 26” is $45,000. If you want your gigantic sword to be at all useful in battle, expect to pay at least what you would for a katana.


On the super-slim off-chance that the sword's weight isn't an issue for your superhuman biceps, its size and single-edged design will be, so we recommend equipping Luck Plus materia; you're gonna need it — or you could just get a katana.


















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