What’s your favorite movie? The one you can watch over and over again and never get tired of?
You might pick something classy like Citizen Kane, or maybe a romance like The Notebook. Let’s be honest: most of us are going to choose a popcorn movie or high-octane blockbuster.
Whether you’re a fan of gritty grindhouse fare like Kill Bill or sleek, operatic sci-fi like Star Wars, there’s one thing these films have in common: exciting action. As a result, many have replica collectible swords.
Every good action movie has an iconic weapon. The Hattori Hanzo katana. The lightsaber. These are probably the first things you picture when you think of the movies they’re from.
Wouldn’t you like to own a version of these weapons yourself?
People have always loved movie memorabilia, and collectible swords are a great way to show your love for a film or TV show. The only question, then, is which of these rare swords you want to own yourself.
Keep reading to see five movie swords you should add to your collection.
1. Jason Voorhees’s Machete
It may not be a sword, but who can deny that the humble machete wielded by Jason Voorhees is among the most iconic cinematic weapons of all time? Hockey masks come and go, but machetes are forever.
A horror movie villain is often defined by their weapon. Nowhere is this more true than in the slasher subgenre, and few characters have dominated the slasher like Jason.
What’s interesting is that Jason didn’t actually appear in the original Friday the 13th film (aside from a brief jump scare at the end). The killer in that film–as noted in the iconic opening of Scream–was his mother, Pamela.
Jason arrived on the scene in 1981’s Friday the 13th Part 2, but he still wasn’t the brutal, immortal killer fans would come to know and love. Notably, he lacked his iconic masked look.
Jason covered his face with a simple sack in his inaugural appearance; he didn’t gain the hockey mask until Friday the 13th Part III. He already had his trusty machete in Part 2, though, and it’s been with him ever since.
There’s a certain quality to the machete that has cemented it in the annals of iconic movie weapons.
It’s more intimidating by far than the simple kitchen knife wielded by Jason’s slasher film predecessor Michael Myers; there’s a heft and a brutality to a machete that Myers’s weapon lacks.
On the other hand, it’s more nuanced than the knife-glove worn by Jason’s occasional nemesis, Freddy Kreuger.
In other words: the machete is just about the perfect weapon for a horror movie icon and now it can be yours!
2. Altair’s Sword
Alright, this one is cheating a bit. Altair Ibn-La’Ahad is an important figure in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, but that’s a video game series, and this is supposed to be about film and TV swords. What gives?
While Assassin’s Creed began as a video game series, it has branched out into several other forms of media. This includes a 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Altair is notable for being the protagonist of the very first game in the franchise, a member of the Assassin Brotherhood at the time of the Third Crusade.
Altair’s adventure set the tone for the entire series, introducing key elements like the Assassins, Templars, and the relics known as Pieces of Eden.
The character was popular and important enough to be brought back several games later, playing a major role in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. This game revealed much about Altair’s life after the first game.
While most Assassins focus on the franchise’s iconic hidden blades, Altair is notable for being an accomplished swordsman. Later games would revamp combat, but in the first game, swords were the weapon of choice.
Altair’s personal blade has an elegant look, with visual nods to the eagle imagery often associated with the Assassin Brotherhood. It’s a simple, but eye-catching design that looks great on display.
3. The Blade of the Highlander
We’ve covered a few great options for collectible swords, but when you’re trying to choose an iconic weapon from a great film, well… there can be only one!
From the moment this iconic blade was drawn at the beginning of Highlander, audiences knew they were watching something special. It’s not every day you see a sword fight in a parking garage!
The Kurgan, the quickening, and that immortal tagline secured Highlander‘s place in cinema. In fact, the film was popular enough to get several sequels and even a TV series.
The original film introduced a world of powerful immortal warriors, with our hero, Connor Macleod, among them. It’s a fun, action-packed movie that feels undeniably a product of the eighties, but that’s half the fun.
Offering a unique blend of fantasy, science fiction, historical drama, and modern-day action, Highlander was a movie experience unlike any other… and it all comes back to Connor Macleod’s massive sword.
The blade of Clan Macleod is notable for a few reasons. The first is its ornate guard, which quickly draws the eye and identifies it as belonging to the Macleod line. Its lavishly padded hilt also bears mentioning.
What really makes this weapon stand out, though, is the sheer size of it.
Based on the traditional Scottish claymore, the Clan Macleod blade is a whopping fifty inches long with a heft to match.
While it might be difficult for a mere mortal to wield, it’s certain to look great hanging on your wall.
4. Wolverine’s Claws
This entry might not be for a sword, but you can’t argue that Wolverine’s claws aren’t some of the most recognizable weapons in the world. Everybody recognizes the three razor-sharp blades this mutant uses.
One reason the claws are so well-known is that they’re a key part of the character Wolverine himself. Considering Wolverine (also known as Logan) is one of the most popular X-Men of all time, the claws are beloved by fans.
Of course, it works both ways. The claws are popular because people like Logan, and Logan is popular in part because the claws are so cool.
In the comics, as well as the X-Men film franchise they inspired, the claws are made of adamantium. It’s often described by Wolverine as “the strongest metal known.”
Wolverine’s entire skeletal structure is coated in the stuff, making him almost impossibly tough and resilient. It’s eventually revealed that his claws are adamantium-covered bone, too, rather than fully metal implants.
What many fans might not know is that the claws weren’t originally planned to be a part of Logan’s body. At first, they were just a part of his gloves.
Like Altair’s sword, Wolverine’s claws transcend media. They’ve appeared in movies, video games, and of course comic books.
The claws are so iconic, they even have their own signature sound—snikt!
While the claws might not display quite as well as the other entries on this list, they look amazing when worn. They’re a great way to finish a Wolverine costume for Halloween or to attend a convention.
5. Glamdring, Sword of Gandalf
In the realm of fantasy cinema, one name stands above all others: The Lord of the Rings. The epic saga of J. R. R. Tolkien is one of the most beloved series in all of literature. Thanks to Peter Jackson, that extends to film, too.
There are many blades to choose from when it comes to The Lord of the Rings and its prequel, The Hobbit; you can find many examples if you shop here. Glamdring is special, though.
Wielded by none other than Gandalf, the powerful wizard who accompanies both Bilbo and Frodo on their quests, Glamdring is a powerful weapon with a storied history.
Tolkien developed an entire elvish language for his world of Middle-Earth. In that tongue, Glamdring translates to ‘Foe-Hammer,’ and it was forged for an elvish king. Gandalf obtained the blade during the events of The Hobbit.
In the films, only Frodo’s weapon Sting is shown to glow blue in the presence of orcs. In the novels, though, Tolkien gave this ability to all elvish weapons. That includes Glamdring.
While you might associate Gandalf with a staff, it’s important to remember that he often fought with his sword. Some of the best scenes in the film trilogy feature Gandalf and Glamdring. For instance, he fights with the sword at the climactic Battle of Helm’s Deep in The Two Towers.
Even more memorably, he uses the blade to duel the Balrog in the Mines of Moria. Who wouldn’t want a sword that can stand up to a building-sized fire demon?
Take up Your Collectible Swords
Collectible swords are among the most popular forms of film and TV memorabilia, and it’s easy to see why. They’re a great way to show your fandom, and a pretty slick discussion piece in your home, too!
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