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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
LORD OF THE RINGS, BRAVEHART SWORDS MADE IN THE PHILIPPINES
(by: Carlos D.Marques, Jr./ TODAY Correspondent)


Cabiao, Nueva Ecija -The breathtaking beauty of New Zealand and Scotland may have been the memorable backdrop for the blockbuster Hollywood films, "The Lord of the Rings", "Braveheart" and "First Knight", among others, but the swords were so indispensible to them were designed by a Filipino mechanical engineer and made in a small blacksmith shop in this town.

The designer, Rodrigo Revote, 44, said he made the Gandalf swords used by Frodo and Aragorn in winning the throne of Gondor in J.R.R. tolkien's "The Lord of the Ring", from metal scraps he picked around his neighborhood in Barangay Entablado, in Cabiao town.

For some other knife and sword designs, he simply used lahar and other debris from Mount Pinatubo's eruption.

"They were laughing at me, scorning my appearance like a scavenger," Revote recalled, while holding a replica of the sword used by Mel Gibson in "Braveheart".

He knew from his American export broker that his custom made products will be in those movies.

Now, his Revote Enterprises ships an average of 700 to 1,000 custom made swords in the US every month. A Gandalf sword costs $300. It takes the Revote Enterprises, now with about 75 workers , at least three days to finish the Gandalf sword.

(full story http://www.abs-cbnnews,com/NewsStory.aspx?section=Celebrity&OID=60452)

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