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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.
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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.
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