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Needle Is Here!

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Got a big package from the good folks at Valyrian Steel t'other day, with my very own copies of Needle. The sword is back from the foundry and now shipping... so if any of you have a friend, foe, or relative you'd like to stick with the pointy end, this is your chance!

Needle was especially made for Arya Stark, as a child's version of a bravo's blade. Our replica has a 24" inch long blade (30" overall) of high carbon steel with full tang. The hilt is cast metal with antique nickel plate and leather wrap. A heraldic display plaque featuring the direwolf of House Stark is included, along with a certificate of authenticity signed by me. This is a limited edition of 2500 swords, and the back of each blade will be laser etched in fine print with the edition number.



To get your own replica of Needle, visit the Valyrian Steel website at http://www.valyriansteel.com/ The sword is shipping now!

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cailin_t
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
awesome!
koryou
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Anybody got $260 for me? No? Well damn.

The sword looks great. :D
dizzy34
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
Wow
That's cool!
ned_karstark
Jan. 15th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
Needle
That's some fine workmanship.
paganpaul
Jan. 15th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
Ahhh... so wonderful... I am waiting for my copy of Needle, I hope the ravens carry it over swiftly!
jasonmichaelw
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
just wondering, is HBO using these swords in the show or are they making all new things?
paganpaul
Jan. 16th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
I guess HBO will make new blades. On the Valyrian site is clearly stated that these swords are display models, so "if you go out and attack a tree with it, it will break". In the pilot (and series please!) they'd probably do a good deal with hacking with them. They will need sturdier material.
jasonmichaelw
Jan. 17th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
What i meant was, are they going to use the same design, or will Arya have a new needle and Jon's Longclaw have a completely different look? because if they are designing new swords why would we want to buy these when there might be a different sword, maybe for sale later that are in the show.
grrm
Jan. 17th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, the HBO swords will use different designs. The show has its own armorers, who will do their own original designs on the weapons and armor as seen in the series.

As to why you might want to buy these... well, for the same reason you might want to buy a Valyrian resin of Ned that does not look like Sean Bean, or a Dark Sword mini of Jon Snow that does not look like Kit Harington. Do you want a keepsake of the books, or of the TV show? If the show goes forward, you will have your choice.

Also, in the specific case of these swords, I retained the right to license out high-quality steel replica swords, and that license is held by Valyrian Steel. HBO has the right to license inexpensive toy replica swords. So if you'd prefer something made of plastic that you can pick up at Wal-Mart, that may indeed be available at a later date... and will look just like the weapons in the series.

HBO also has exclusive rights to do lunchboxes, key rings, and bobblehead dolls, among other things. It was a VERY long and complicated negotiation.

Edited at 2010-01-17 05:22 am (UTC)
reverend_mother
Jan. 17th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
I'd rather go with the book replica. Needle looks almost like what I imagined, same as Longclaw. The series' one could end up being just flashy. Hopefully it won't but anyway, I'm happy with Longclaw so I'm really looking forward to it's companion, my wall still has empty space ;)
paganpaul
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
Oh, right. Well, that's a question HBO will have to answer.

I love the books, and Mr. Martin worked together with Valyrian Steel to get the designs done. So I would always get one of those that are close to the original creator and creation (the books).

HBO might have different ideas, so from my point of view it would depend on whether you want to stay with the books or with the possible (probable - crosses fingers) pilot and series. Provided that HBO will indeed have a different idea about the swords.

But whatever sword you get... stick 'em with the pointy end.
philmophlegm
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Err...remind me again - which end do I stick 'em with?
weirman
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
As an owner of Longclaw, I'm excited that Needle is out. I'm sure she's just as beautiful as the former. Alas, I will not be able to afford this one.
soniarod
Jan. 15th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous!!!
maxlongstreet
Jan. 16th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
Off topic, but congratulations on the great comments by Michael Lombardo about loving the dailies and the strong likelihood of the series getting picked up! You have some very excited fans up here in Chicago!
chainmaile
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
I kinda pictured Needle as closer to a rapier, but that is a beautiful blade.
spiffystuff
Jan. 16th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
Me too!
hippoiathanatoi
Jan. 16th, 2010 10:30 am (UTC)
It's a lovely sword.

I recall Valyrian Steel fielding remarks on the sword's hilt being cruciform, whereas some people have imagined that the true bravo's sword is somehow different. I never had that impression, myself, but I admit to wondering if the bravo's swords are supposed to have more encompassing hilts (swept hilts, bell cups, and those other sorts you see on rapiers).

In any case, Valyrian Steel responded that one thing GRRM pointed out is that Mikken's not from the Free Cities, he's just a Westerosi smith, and the design of the sword is very much influenced by that. Arya's sword is sort of his version of what he knows of Free City swords: a thinner, lighter thrusting-focused version of the swords he usually makes.
grrm
Jan. 17th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
No, I vetoed all the basket hilts, bell cups, etc. Those are artifacts of a much later period in the real world, and would not be appropriate for a blade made by a castle smith in Westeros.
dirtwitch
Jan. 16th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
Whoa. Want. Well, let's see how my sales go... that is one lovely blade.
fastgrass101
Jan. 16th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
Sword...
nice sword. it seems a little big though? don't know how a child can wield a 30 inch sword :p
nltzerebb
Jan. 17th, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
Re: Sword...
I received my Needle replica t'other day. I assure you it is the exact right size for a child to carry. My 9yrold and 12yrold looked great wielding it :)
piotrazub
Jan. 16th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
Needle
The sword looks great, but I presonally prefer crossbows, though I am aware of the dangers of the latter ;-).
I have recently visited in Vienna (im Kunsthistorischen Museum) the exhibition about Charles the Bold and the 15th century Europe. It was great for a fan of your prose; a jousting aromur with all appurtenances, a whole suit of armour for a teenager (very rare!),crowns, ceremonial swords, maces (with an unfolding chess board in the hilt :-)) tankards, beautiful goblets (with magical characteristics),verdures, even little knight toys (on wheels and with movable lances) so the boys could learn the tacks of jousting.But the best, in my opinion, were the illuminated manuscrips; I can watch them for hours.
I would never have gone to this exhibition if I had not read your books. Frankly speaking, I am not so much happy that I have learned something about the Middle Ages as I am happy that my knowledge about Westeros is now much reacher. For example, the guide explained that it was a kind of duty for lords to flaunt with their wealth, and it was seen as a sign of piety by the folk. Charles the Bold had been unequalled in his extravagance, explained the guide, but he has certainly not heard about the Lannisters yet ;-).

PS.: sorry for all mistakes, I am not an English native speaker.
anricat
Jan. 16th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
I've never been interesting in owning a sword....until now. That is a thing of beauty!
tekalynn
Jan. 17th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Awesome.
shakauvm
Jan. 17th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
GRRM, how much input did you have on the design of these blades?

I'm now toying with the notion of buying the Damascus steel Longclaw... hm.
huckincupcakes
Jan. 17th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
So PRETTY! Now I want one but I don't know how well the Res Assistants in the dorms would take it if I had a sword hanging on the wall... or my roommates for that matter... ;P
marahsk
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
No, the Res Assistants probably wouldn't be happy if you had your roommates hanging on the wall.
sitting_knitty
Jan. 17th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Ahh, I really want one of these. Being only 153cm tall - that's just five feet to you imperialists - this sword would be around the right length for me. ^-^
elbamoonraven
Jan. 17th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
I got one from my hubby as a christmas gift -- it's now hanging prominently in our stairwell. It's gorgeous (and VERY POINTY!)
fir_bholg
Jan. 18th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
This is really lovely. I can see why Polliver (I think) wanted to steal it. And why Arya couldn't throw it away. I like this better than Longclaw (because I think the wolf head could have been done better), also because Needle is my favotite sword in the series. Lovely work!
dangnanitt
Jan. 20th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Shipping to japan
That sword is beautiful and perfect in my minds eye picture.
I have an interesting problem though. The website states that they are unable to
ship to japan as it has strict customs regarding swords.
Is there anyway to circumvent this? Is needle really considered an honest to god sword?
I know that as carbon steel it's closer to the real thing then stainless steel.
But is there no way to import it as a replica?

Any one have an idea or experience with this?
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