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March 20th, 2007

Nothing Holds an Edge Like Valyrian Steel

Cool Just a few days after my musings about all the new stuff coming down the pipeline, I finally get to tell you about one of them!

I'm pleased and excited to announce that I've signed a deal with Jalic, Inc of East Lansing, Michigan, granting them a license to manufacture and sell full-sized high-quality replicas of the arms and armor from A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE.

Jalic is a new company, but its owner and proprietor, Chris Beasley, has been involved with making and selling swords, knives, and fighting steel for a long time, and brings a lot of experience and expertise to the project.

Jalic's line of Westerosi weaponry will be sold under the name Valyrian Steel... but let me hasten to add that we won't be restricting ourselves to just the Valyrian blades mentioned in the books. Any of the various weapons featured in the novels are fair game, and we've already been kicking around ideas for King Robert's warhammer, the golden blade of the Kingslayer, and of course Arya's Needle. "Stick 'em with the pointy end," indeed!

That's for later, though. The first Valyrian Steel blade that Jalic will be offering is Jon Snow's LONGCLAW. Chris and I have been trading emails for months, fine tuning the design, and we finally have one we love. You'll be able to see it on the news page of my website, along with a fuller version of this announcement.

Meanwhile, check out the website for Valyrian Steel at

http://www.valyriansteel.com/

for more information about Jalic and its plans. Your comments are welcome.

I hope you guys are as excited about this as I am.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I think I'll go make up some more cool swords...

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