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Needle Is Here!

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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Jan. 15th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
That's cool!
Jan. 15th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
That's some fine workmanship.
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!
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
just wondering, is HBO using these swords in the show or are they making all new things?
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.
(no subject) - jasonmichaelw - Jan. 17th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - grrm - Jan. 17th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - paganpaul - Jan. 17th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Err...remind me again - which end do I stick 'em with?
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.
Jan. 15th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
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!
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
I kinda pictured Needle as closer to a rapier, but that is a beautiful blade.
Jan. 16th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
Me too!
(no subject) - hippoiathanatoi - Jan. 16th, 2010 10:30 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - grrm - Jan. 17th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 16th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
Whoa. Want. Well, let's see how my sales go... that is one lovely blade.
Jan. 16th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
nice sword. it seems a little big though? don't know how a child can wield a 30 inch sword :p
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 :)
Jan. 16th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
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.
Jan. 16th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
I've never been interesting in owning a sword....until now. That is a thing of beauty!
Jan. 17th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
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