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Watch a team of blacksmiths make Shovel Knight’s iconic weapon

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A goofy build

Man At Arms: Reforged is an engrossing video series that follows the blacksmiths at Baltimore Knife & Sword as they create real-world versions of fictional weapons and shields, such as Link’s Master Sword from Legend of Zelda to the Lich King’s Frostmourne from World of Warcraft to Wonder Woman’s iconic shield. In their latest video, they’ve created an unlikely weapon: the shovel from the retro side-scrolling game Shovel Knight.

Swordsmith Kerry Stagmer notes at the top of the episode that he feels like users have been trolling them with suggestions that they make the shovel. But took them up on it, and they spend the entire episode overbuilding the weapon. They forge the blade, cutting edge, and socket, then later create the iconic blue handle.

It’s a goofy build, but as they demonstrate in the test at the end of the video, it’s a pretty formidable weapon.