In the world of “The Witcher,” the armorers have a specific range of time they draw inspiration from when designing swords: the 15th century. This choice makes sense as the series is modeled on this period, and it helps maintain aesthetic consistency. By focusing on a specific time frame rather than a vague “medieval” era, the swords not only match each other but also fit within the overall historical context. Designing a sword that was made in a different time period would simply look out of place.
The armorers, led the talented Nick Jeffries, go to great lengths to ensure that each character’s weapons and armor have a backstory. Jeffries explains that he has his own process where he invents a mini background for every character, even the background extras. This process helps him understand why a character has the specific weapons and armor they possess. By tracing it back and then coming forward, he is able to give each character their unique objects.
Interestingly, Henry Cavill, who played Geralt of Rivia, the series’ protagonist, shares the same enthusiasm for the weapons of “The Witcher” as Jeffries. In a promotional video, Cavill dives into the details of Geralt’s different swords, discussing their designs, histories, and utilities. However, Cavill will be leaving the series, and Liam Hemsworth will replace him in Season 4. Only time will tell if Hemsworth will share the same passion for swords as Jeffries and Cavill.
“The Witcher” can be streamed on Netflix.
Armorers – skilled craftsmen who create and maintain arms and armor
Aesthetic – a set of principles underlying and guiding the work of a particular artist or artistic movement
Background extras – actors who appear in a scene but do not have speaking roles
– Article: Tech Times – “The Witcher Exclusive: Henry Cavill Shows How Geralt’s Sword is Made” (no URL)