Monday, January 5, 2009

Conan's Sword-maker Passes Away...

I just learned that master sword-maker, Jody Samson, passed away in his studio on Dec. 27th 2008.

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Many of you may not know Jody Samson by name but I guarantee you have seen his work...

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Samson was the designer and maker of Conan's sword (and Conan's father's sword) in the original Conan the Barbarian movie. Not many people this day and age can call themselves a master swordsmith, and now the world is missing one more. But we thank him for the great contribution he made to the Conan mythos.

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1 comment:

Badelaire said...

That is really depressing.

Way too many people who half-see and under-appreciate CtB laugh at the "rubber swords" Arnold & Co. are running around with, completely ignorant of the fact that those are beautifully made props that have real weight and heft to them.

I know a few years ago you could buy an exacting, high-quality replica of the Atlantean sword for about $500.