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Stick Them With the Pointy End

Just got word from the good folks at Valyrian Steel. They are now taking preorders for their full-size replica of Needle. (Arya not included).

To place an order or get more details, visit their website at http://www.valyriansteel.com/shop/swords/needle-sword-of-arya-stark/prod_3.html

And if you want be the first kid on your block to collect the complete armory, copies of Jon Snow's Longclaw are still available as well.

Don't be fooled by the pictures, the two swords are nowhere near the same size.


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Jun. 29th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Man, those look nice, but alas out of my range.

I'd totally buy a letter-opener version though! :)
Jun. 29th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
George, I'm reading the series for the first time. It's reaffirmed what I like about epic fantasy. I blogged about the experience at http://jimvanpelt.livejournal.com/208327.html and http://jimvanpelt.livejournal.com/208566.html.

I really, really am enjoying the books on multiple levels.
Jun. 29th, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
I was one of the first to order Longclaw, and Needle will soon adorn my wall as well.
Jun. 29th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
Uh oh.
I've literally never been moved to pick up a novel replica before, but I'm pretty sure Longclaw is going to wind up on my mantle sometime soon.
Jun. 29th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
I'm re-reading the first four books (amazing the details that are popping out at me the second time through) and just this afternoon read the chapter where Jon gives Needle to Arya. :)
Jun. 29th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
I really must get out of debt
so I can buy all the cool stuff.
Jun. 29th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
Those are beautiful!

Stick them with the pointy end. :D

Like my fencing master used to say, hit them and don't be hit.
Jun. 29th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
They look pretty sweet!
Jun. 29th, 2009 08:15 am (UTC)
wow that's pretty
Wish I had one hanged on my wall :)
Jun. 29th, 2009 08:49 am (UTC)
Speaking of swords, did you ever recover your swords stolen during the break in? I was hoping they'd at least turn up at a pawn shop.
Jun. 29th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
Needle looks perfect, just as I imagined :D
Jun. 29th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
Very cool. I'd like to own both of those. They look really good. One day, I'll have a nice collection. At the moment, I only own one sword, a 56" Scottish claymore.

Jun. 29th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
I always pictured Needle as more of a rapier with a sweeping hilt, sort of like this one:


I'm kind of surprised to see it with such a plain hilt. Is the version you pictured (the one Valyrian Steel is planning to make) a more accurate description of what needle was like, George?
Jun. 29th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Needle
Rapiers and basket hilts would be wildly anachronistic. Westeros is basically medieval.
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Needle
Can I just say that I really appreciated the fairly even level of technology that exists across Westeros? I'm so tired of fantasy works where every cross-cultural clash looks like the last scene from Rob Roy.

I love that there are authors out there who don't view the entrance of magic into a world as carte blanche to yank a millenium of weapons and armor technology into the same 20 year storyline.

Jul. 2nd, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Needle
Maybe a bit anachronistic, but not wildly so -- you'd see rapiers in use in the very late medieval years as they nosed into renaissance, right?

Still, there are no indications in the book of duellist fencing, so there wouldn't really be any reason for rapiers to have been developed. What's funny is the replica version of Needle resembles a beefed up main gauche which, ironically, is meant to accompany a rapier or other duelling blade.
Jul. 4th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Needle
I thought Braavos had duelists in it though...? It sounded like the "bravos" were duelists to me, but I don't have the books near enough by to check.
Jun. 29th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Needle
I pictured it that way myself, not being as much of a historical weapons buff as I could be. ;)

Nice crown in your userpic, btw dude. I could so go for a hunk of meat served in a hard piece of bread right now...
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
Re: Needle
An estoc, maybe?
Jul. 7th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Needle
An estoc is sort of how I view it as well ^^
Jul. 1st, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Needle
I saw it as a rapier as well... ^-^ Although I must admit, I am
no weapons expert. ;3 Now I know that Needle is even more sweet
than first imagined. ^-^
Jun. 29th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
I just read the sample chapter, Daenerys, that you have up on your site. I had read Jon Snow and Tyrion's sample chapters, but somehow I had missed this one. Those last few lines left me with goosebumps. :-)
Jun. 29th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
While I think the Longclaw replica is excellent, I'm honestly a bit less impressed by Needle. When I was reading the series, I never pictured this sword as just a lighter version of a broadsword, but rather something more delicately constructed; this is probably influenced by the name, as I actually expected the weapon to have a tear-drop shaped blade like an actually needle. I think it's the long crossguard that conflicts with my mental image of the sword most; I assumed Needle lacked a hilt like that, picturing something closer to a Chinese tai chi sword's furniture, or even a Japanese tsuba.

Oh well, this sword was your creation, George; if this is how you imagined the weapon, I can hardly fault the swordsmiths for their reproduction.
Jun. 29th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Both blades look excellent, but Longclaw is far and away my favorite. Is there any chance that we might one day see a replica for Ned Stark's greatsword as well? I'd buy that in a heartbeat.
Jun. 29th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
It's coming quite quickly after Longclaw. Once I get a new job, I'll be quick to purchase it. My fandom knows no bounds, other than financial ones! ;)
Jun. 29th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Wow, 30" is a little sword.

But then, I'm a rather strapping lass, so I tend to like the full-sized deals. My 4'9" niece would probably be the perfect size for that.
Jun. 29th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
A bit longer than I'd imagined.
30" OAL with 24" blade is still pretty long for a girl. I'd expected it about 1/2-2/3rds of that size: a longer, thin dagger. But again, I haven't reread in a while, so I may simply have misenvisioned it.

On another topic... how sturdy are these manufactured? Would either of them ever hold an edge and/or be serviceable? I know, that's not what they're *made* for, but it seems a shame to have a blade that lacks an edge.
Jun. 29th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Loves me some Arya. Stick'em Arya!
Jun. 30th, 2009 08:58 am (UTC)
Obviously I can't really do either sword justice from just looking at pictures, but I really like Needle. It's even better looking than Longclaw, which was already pretty much perfect. I can just picture Arya in a water dancer's stance with that.
Jun. 30th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
Really I'm just posting to show off the avatar LOL

Needle looks very sweet, and the mail/armor hooks on the Snow sword are very reminiscent of an 15c Italian sword I have.

I guess Phipps is now in the air, Not sure on arrival time but I expect she will update early tomorrow. Will of course take care of her while she is here, and of course look forward to seeing you when you arrive....maybe we will get a chance to show you our new fight? its well deadly ;-)
Jun. 30th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
That's awesome! Arya is one of my favorite characters.

Ooh, maybe they'll do Lady Forlorn, or Ice, or the blades that were made from Ice, (whose names I forget)
Jul. 1st, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Can't remember...
Oathkeeper and Lion's Tooth? Or was Lion's Tooth thrown in the river?
Jul. 1st, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
Arya not included
What a pity!!
Luckiest next time
Jul. 3rd, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
I would seriously consider donating a kidney for Longclaw.
Jul. 8th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... I have to say, while both swords look nice, Needle looks nothing at all like I pictured it.
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