Something is afoot with the Catspaw blade. The Internet basically got crazy back in June when Maisie Williams was photographed in costume by EW with the Catspaw Blade on her hip. Something not seen since season 1.

Then, last night during the Season 7 premiere, Samwell Tarly is reading a book in the Citadel and the camera looks over his shoulder as he is flipping through and what do we see? A drawing of the Catspaw Blade. Sam doesn’t read the page but we can.

I think they’re setting the stage for this knife to be something of import later in this season, and I cannot wait to figure out what, but first maybe not everyone is familiar with the knife, so I thought it would be a good point of discussion to create a summary.

This is the knife used in the attempted assassination of Bran Stark in episode 2 of the entire series. It is later taken by Catelyn Stark to Kings Landing where she is told by Littlefinger that the knife was last in Tyrion’s possession, she then finds Tyrion on the road, abducts him to the Eyrie, and puts him on trial. It is assumed after all this that Littlefinger ends up with the knife.

Then if Arya gets it in Season 7, and Littlefinger is on her list… well….

Personally I think Littlefinger is a survivor and that Sansa, as much as she has a frenemy relationship with Littlefinger, doesn’t want to see him dead, and she will prevent her sister from exacting such revenge. Plus I think Sansa is growing smart enough to put Littlefinger in her debt.

But I digress, because the books actually tell us much more about this knife. Littlefinger lied, as he does, and it was never Tyrion’s, nor his. The knife belonged to Robert Baratheon and Joffrey is the one who stole it and hired the assassin, not because of what Bran saw, but because of a skirmish with Bran in the yard earlier that day where Joffrey felt humiliated. Joffrey, always the brat. He also stupidly picked the most obviously recognizable blade for the job. Joffrey, always the idiot.

So we know the knife was Robert Baratheon’s, and now it shows up in Sam’s book when they discuss the weapons of Aegon and other Targaryens, as well as dragonglass. Another page Sam doesn’t read also apparently seems to infer that dragonglass can heal.

From this I think we can reasonably put forth two conclusions. The first is that some of the little gems on the Catspaw Blade are in fact dragonglass. The second is that this knife was owned by the Targaryens, probably going back to Aegon, and was passed down ruler to ruler, until Robert took it from Aerys, or otherwise got it through plunder from either Dragonstone or the Red Keep, after his rebellion. It is a dragonbone hilt after all, and who else would have that if not the Targaryens? The knife could even date by to Old Valyria.

Then, if indeed dragonglass and or valyrian steel have other magical properties not yet disclosed, and this knife contains both, and was owned by Targaryen kings, could it have certain special powers? Was there a reason the Targaryen’s kept it around so long?

And of course, somehow, Arya gets it. What will she do with it?

We are very pleased to announce the hotly anticipated Oathkeeper Red Damascus through our book license. Oathkeeper is forged from the melting down of Ice at the bequest of Tywin Lannister, and he has the smith add his family color to the blade. These unsharpened collectible book replicas were designed with the personal input of George R.R. Martin and each set comes with a certificate of authenticity bearing his autograph. They are made of real high carbon layered damascus steel with a patina treatment to achieve the red and black design.

Preorders will open Saturday September 17th, each sword is $500.

We are very pleased to announce the first book licensed product through George R.R. Martin in a long time: Daario’s Ladies! Daario Naharis is a sellsword in the service of Daenerys Targaryen and his weapons are as notorious as the man himself. These unsharpened collectible book replicas were designed with the personal input of George R.R. Martin and each set comes with a certificate of authenticity bearing his autograph.

Preorders will open Saturday August 27th, each set is $350

The backorder for Ice will be ending around the week of September 20th.

The preorder for Needle’s Scabbard and Oathkeeper’s Scabbard will be ending around the week of September 15th.

Longclaw is rapidly running out of stock again, it isn’t on backorder quite yet but it will be before the next shipment arrives, which is mid-October.

Longclaw’s Scabbard is currently on backorder, and we hope to get more the same time as the next Longclaw shipment, but that is not yet confirmed.

The preorders for Book Oathkeeper Damascus ($500) and Book Daario’s Ladies ($350) will open soon.

We are pleased to announce the newest product in our line of licensed collectibles from the HBO® series Game of Thrones®. Oathkeeper’s Scabbard is hand made with fabric wrapped wood with genuine leather and metal accents. It was modeled directly on the actual screen used prop from the show, with accurately matched materials and dimensions. It is made to fit Oathkeeper, item VS0112 and VS0112D, and will come with a certificate of authenticity. The Oathkeeper Scabbard will retail for an MSRP of $160.00 and we will start accepting preorders now for Late Spring 2016 deliveries.

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We are pleased to announce the newest product in our line of licensed collectibles from the HBO® series Game of Thrones®. Needle’s Scabbard is made from genuine leather and metal accents. It was modeled directly on the actual screen used prop from the show, with accurately matched materials and dimensions. It is made to fit Needle Sword of Arya Stark, item VS0114 and will come with a certificate of authenticity. The Needle Scabbard will retail for an MSRP of $150 and we will start accepting preorders immediately for Late Spring 2016 deliveries.

CHRISTMAS SHIPPING INFORMATION. Christmas this year is on a Friday. For domestic customers you can order as late as December 23rd (at about 3 PM eastern time) and select Next Day Air shipping for delivery on the 24th. If you order by the same time on the 22nd and choose 2nd day air, it will also work, or the same time on the 21st and choose 3 day select. For ground shipping, nationwide, the Thursday prior to (which is the 17th) will be the last day. For areas within a state or two of Tennessee you can order ground as late as the 21st and it should still make it in time. For International customers regular mail shipping is basically no longer able to reach you in time. UPS Expedited should work until the 18th or possibly 21st, and UPS Express until the 22nd.

Needle is going to start shipping. This is the biggest release we’ve had since Longclaw for sure, and it will take us probably a week to get through all the backorders. If you’ve moved and need to change your address please EMAIL us, changing your address on our site only changes it for future orders, not past orders. Otherwise, remember to stick them with the pointy end. (oh, and Lannister shield is coming too).