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Jody Samson

Jody Samson

Bladesmith and custom knifemaker known for his work with film swords, most notably the conan movies
Jody Samson
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Intro Bladesmith and custom knifemaker known for his work with film swords, most notably the conan movies
Was Bladesmith
From United States of America
Gender male
Birth 4 November 1946, Burbank, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A.
Death 27 December 2008 (aged 62 years)
Star sign Scorpio
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Biography

Jody Samson (November 4, 1946 – December 27, 2008) was a knifemaker and bladesmith from Burbank, California who designed butterfly knives for Benchmade and the swords used in such movies as Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, First Knight, The Mask of Zorro, Blade, Blind Fury, Batman & Robin, Batman Forever, and Streets of Fire.

Early life

Samson learned knife making and bladesmithing from John Nelson Cooper, a veteran knife maker located in Burbank, California, in 1969. Samson began making knives full-time in 1974. Soon after, he was hired by Les DeAsis of Pacific Cutlery (now Benchmade) as a knife designer. Les deAsis credits Samson with grinding every custom balisong knife produced by Benchmade, Pacific Cutlery, and Bali-Song from 1979 to 1994. Samson's first design won Blade magazine's Knife of the Year award in 1979. The following year, Samson unveiled his "Wee-hawk" blade profile which was made by Benchmade for years.

Movie swords

Samson designed and built the swords, knives, and daggers used in a number of films including Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, Blind Fury, and Streets of Fire while he was working for Benchmade.

Samson left Benchmade in 1994 to return to Burbank to produce movie swords and props for Tony Swatton's Sword & Stone in Los Angeles, California. He designed and built the weapons for the films First Knight, The Mask of Zorro, Blade, Batman & Robin, Babylon 5, and Batman Forever.

In 2001 Samson went to work for Albion Swords in New Glarus, Wisconsin where he made replicas of the swords he originally made for the Conan films.

Later years and death

Samson was found dead of pneumonia in his workshop on December 27, 2008 after complaining of cold symptoms for a week.

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