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Swords and Daggers and Helms, Oh My

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The blacksmiths over at Valryian Steel have been hammering away, and are about to roll out three news GAME OF THRONES products that I thought some of you might like to know about.

((These are all tie-ins from the television series, produced under Jalic's license from HBO, and not tie-ins to the novels, produced under Jalic's license from me, which is why some of them -- the dagger, especially -- look nothing like the item as described in the books)).

First, we have the longsword of Robb Stark, King in the North:
http://www.valyriansteel.com/shop/swords/robb-stark/prod_21.html

robbsword1

Next, the Catspaw Blade, used by the man sent to kill Bran in his bed:
http://www.valyriansteel.com/shop/swords/catspaw-blade/prod_20.html

catspaw-main

The last, but decidedly not least, the helm of Sandor Clegane:
http://www.valyriansteel.com/shop/swords/the-hounds-helm/prod_18.html

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All the items are available for pre-order.

And don't worry, Valyrian Steel is still at work on replicas of the weapons from the books as well. Brienne's sword Oathkeeper should be next, if we can figure out how to do the black/red patterning. After that, maybe Khal Drogo's arakh.

Keep your swords sharp!

Comments

Rutager Caruthers
Jan. 19th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
probably not but.........
Any chance of an 'Ice' restock?
James Rutledge Roesch
Jan. 20th, 2013 07:21 am (UTC)
Re: probably not but.........
Limiting the production of one of the most iconic swords in all of ASOIAF is a strange business model for a company exclusively dedicated to producing blades from ASOIAF. Eventually, they're going to run out of blades that people will purchase, and then what? Sell Hearteater, Widow's Wail, and Lion's Tooth in a Joffrey combo pack? Good grief.

I don't think anyone is purchasing these blades at a premium because they're limited; they're purchasing these blades at a premium because they're devoted fans. Even if increasing production reduces Valyrian Steel's prices, the untapped demand that they'll reach means that they’ll make more money from more customers, which should more than compensate them for any losses. In addition, as production expands, economies of scale expand along with it, creating cost advantages which would further compensate Valyrian Steel for any price reductions stemming from increased production. Right now Valyrian Steel's self-imposed shortages are leaving most of the market untapped, and they're making less money as a result. Does that make any sense?

The hallmark of a good policy is whether it takes account of the consequences which are unseen and unintended as well as those which are seen and intended. In this case, what is “seen and intended" are a few elated fans and customers - lucky enough to find Valyrian Steel at the right time - but what is “unseen and unintended" are all the many more disappointed, frustrated fans who would have been satisfied customers gone to waste. That's just bad business. Peter Drucker said that the sole purpose of any business is to create a customer (profits are simply a measure of how well the business is satisfying those customers), but by restricting production, Valyrian Steel is aborting untold numbers of customers. I would happily do business with Valyrian Steel for Ice - I would even consider paying more than they asked - but for whatever reason they have decided they don't want my money. Both sides lose.


Edited at 2013-01-20 03:49 pm (UTC)
grrm
Jan. 20th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
Re: probably not but.........
Interesting points.

At least some of the onus of limitation needs to be placed at my own doorstep. There are only so many "certificates of authenicity" that I am willing to sign.

The HBO swords do not come with a signature page from me, but the "book versions" do.
Guilherme de Souza
Jan. 28th, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
Re: probably not but.........
I couldn't agree more. When I first heard about Valyrian Steel, I promptly thought "sweet! I hope they have Ice", but the item was long sold out when I started reading ASOIAF... Let's pray to the Old and New Gods and to the Lord of Light that Mr. Martin is willing to sign more certificates and Valyrian Steel restock Ice (and Longclaw, if we're lucky)

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