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\ Ice, Sword of Eddard Stark, Damascus Edition
"I got my Damascus Ice #75 today and was very impressed. Excellent grip, awesome blade and has great detailed work."
Dec 22 2011, 21:14 PMby THUNDER-X
"The sword is awesome. The steel actually sings instead if clanking. Sharpened it will be death in hand."
Dec 22 2011, 17:04 PMby peter regan
"I just received my Damascus version of Eddard Stark's Ice [#183]; wow, what a blade! everyone I know who's seen it [fans of the show, books, or just general nerds] are insanely jealous, and I couldn't be happier. It even feels balanced [when you're two-handing it]. By far the prize of my collection. No complaints about quality of the Sword, and the mounting hardware is great [as well as the plaque]. It may not fit the book's description to the letter, but I fretted about ordering it for weeks, yet once I opened the box a smile crept across my face, and the first words out of my mouth were "TOTALLY worth it!"
Cheers from the Great White North"
Jul 25 2012, 22:38 PMby Lord Commander Midwinter
"I received my Damsacus version of the Stark's sword Ice this morning....I'm so happy...it's better than sex....not that I'd know....except for with myself....I'm very lonely."
Nov 15 2012, 16:11 PMby Anonymous
"I Live in Medellín-Colombia. Today i got My #219 Damascus Ice! and oh was it worth it!. It is the most beautiful sword i have ever seen. The details are outstanding. It feels balanced when you're two handling it. The blase its flawless...the pattern on the blade gorgeous. Definetely worth every penny."
Dec 04 2012, 03:02 AMby Verónica Velásquez
"We just got our Damascus Ice today & we couldn't be happier with it! We got #208, but it was actually the very last one available. EVERYTHING was sold out, all that was left was Needle by the time we saw this website, so we got that (also very happy with that one) but we were so disappointed we couldn't get another sword. We happened to email Valyrian Steel at the exact right moment, somebody had just canceled their order of Damascus Ice #208, literally the last one they had left. Instead of putting it up on EBay & selling it for more $$ they offered it to us. Valyrian Steel was so patient with us, we emailed back & forth for a couple of days & they allowed us the time to decide if we wanted to spend all that $$, then another day or so to get our finances in order. We were so nervous in all that time that we would finally be able to purchase #208 only to find out we dug our feet too long & they didn't want to wait for us any longer. But that was not the case. They waited patiently for us & gave us the couple of days we needed without a word of complaint & they held the VERY LAST sword until we were able to pay forit. I have never dealt with a nicer company, after my experience with them it is obvious that Valyrian Steel really cares about their customers. About the sword itself, we have no complaints. These people complaining that it isn't 'battle ready', why do they need a sword that is? Are they using their sword to go to battle? We hung ours up & it looks beautiful. I love the way the suade comes a little bit dirty, it makes it look like a real sword. For the size of it (it literally comes to my brow) the wobble is less than I expected. After reading the complaints about the wobble we were really nervous, but honestly, it's not bad. It is HEAVY! I can barely lift it, Dave had to take it from the box, carry it around, & hang it up because it is too much of a sword for me. The blade is gorgeous... I don't even know what to say to explain how beautiful the Damascus is. Thank you Valyrian Steel!! Not only do you do gorgeous work but you were one of the best companies we have ever had the pleasure to deal with & your products are reasonably priced. There are swords for those who can't afford the Damascus, which are still a collector's item, & then there are the actual Damascus swords for those fans that can afford them. Damascus Ice #208, the last of its kind, has found itself a great home. We will treasure it until the end of our days. Thank you Chris for all your help! We can't wait to see what else you have in store for us."
Dec 19 2012, 05:48 AMby Dave/Brig
"I was dreaming of a white Christmas. Instead I got "Ice" for Christmas. Either way, Winter Is Here. 227 / 250."
Dec 25 2012, 16:01 PMby Stephen Eubank
"Just came today DAMASCUS ICE No 35, i love this sword,'Let Winter Come, I'm Now Ready.'"
Dec 23 2011, 00:35 AMby James Swaffer
Flawed but still gorgeous
"Got this recently, and while it it will look exquisite on my wall, I have a few niggling criticisms. Since this is not in any way advertised as a battle-ready sword, some (like balance) are pretty inconsequential. Nevertheless, here goes:
"Valyrian steel" - the "damascus" patterning of the blade is absolutely gorgeous.
Handle - the soft leather grip is one of the most "comfortable" sword handles I've ever held, and the general design of the handle with the gold ring is just beautiful.
"General" - Overall, it just looks great.
Size - the blade just is not long enough to fit the book description. "as tall as Robb" - while Robb is only 15 in the book, and people were shorter in the middle ages, but it still just is quite a bit too short, especially when hung next to Longclaw and realizing the blades are almost exactly the same length.
Wobble - has been pointed out by others, it has a rather cheap feeling wobble when actually weilded.
Balance - WAY too tip-heavy. Needed a much, much heavier pommel. I've had the privelige to hold a genuine medieval longsword once, and was absolutely astonished at how well the blade weight was balanced by the handle/pommel. Completely missing in this Ice replica, but not all that relevant, since this is really just meant as a decorative piece.
Engraving - I can't quite put my finger exactly on what the problem is, possibly just the font, but the "Winter is Coming" engraving just looks too "modern"
If this sounds overly negative, that was not my intent - this IS a beautiful decorative blade, and the only two "relevant" criticisms in that context are the too short length of the blade compared to Longclaw, and the "Winter Is Coming" engravin.
Jun 06 2012, 06:35 AMby Trolle Selander
"Got my Damascus Ice a few months ago but only had time now to give a fair review.
1. Very imposing. 57 inches tall. What a good 2 handed blade should be. Truly as wide as man's hand. Good weight
2. Hilt is a thing of beauty. Sure it may not be realistic but it is gorgeous. 24karat gold accents very classy. The wolf running looks great.
3. Damascus steel. Very beautiful. As close to valyrian steel as you're going to get.
1. This is a major one. It wobbles a little too much. Obviously the longer you make a sword the more wobble you're going to introduce, it's unavoidable. But the degree of wobble here is pretty bad, it's definitely caused by too thin of a blade and the worst part is that it gives the sword a cheap wall hanger vibe which is the last thing you want. I used to own a United Cutlery Anduril which was almost as long and half the price. Did NOT have the tip wobble this sword does.
2. Hilt. The suede is a nice idea but quality control needs to be a bit better. Mine came a bit smudged right out of the box. Thanks for the tip about wiping the oil off the blade but it might have been nice to tell the guys at the factory to do the same before touching the hilt while packing these puppies up.
Overall, this is an excellent sword but the wobble of the tip is major flaw. At the end of the day, I think Valyrian Steel needs to think long and hard about what they are truly offering with their Damascus line. Is it just a nicer wall hanger or do they aspire to "real" high carbon swords? I can tell you right now that being stuck mid-way is not a great place to be. At 700 dollars and change, this is A LOT of money to put into a wall-hanger sword. But at 700 dollars, the quality necessary to make a true battle ready sword can't be met. Too many sacrifices have to be made. Likely if the blade was made thick enough to lower the wobble, we might be looking at 1000 dollars or up.
I think it would be a shame to just have a slightly improved wall-hanger in the Damascus line. You are already taking the proverbial next step, just do it right. Make these swords TRUE battle ready blades like the type Albion forges. YES, they will be more expensive but that's as it should be. You have the 300 dollar wall hanger versions for the masses.
Those of us willing to pay 1000 dollars a sword want the real thing and represent a HUGELY different market than the normal fans who just want a wall hanger.
Also, it is usually a big mistake to try for too high a number when selling something so expensive. It's no coincidence that at 100, the Damascus Longclaw is the only sell-out. Everything else is going to be available for years yet. The market for a sword that big and that expensive is very small. No matter how big Game of Thrones is, that won't change. Just look at Avatar and the money it made nationally and internationally. But you don't see Avatar collectibles generating anywhere close to the level of buzz or success of the movie. Personally, I think 150 would have been a very solid number and likely would have sold out already.
Again, in my opinion, I don't think the Damascus line should be marketed so that everyone who wants one gets one. This is a high end EXCLUSIVE line and should be treated as such and made as such. Right now, I see a sort of half-assed attempt to make it such but little things means it doesn't quite make the cut.
Make it special, make it expensive, make it limited, and make no apologies about it.
I'm hoping for a better, stronger, and more expensive HBO series Damascus Ice from Valyrian in the future.
While this Ice is certainly a worthy effort, it falls a bit short for what I expect from a true premium level blade in the Damascus line. But at 700 dollars it is very very fairly priced. The sword I WANT would probably be double at 1400 but I would have gladly paid that price and I have little doubt many true sword enthusiasts who are also fans of aSoIaF would have done the same.
Thanks for reading."
Mar 14 2012, 05:09 AMby Dennis Chang
"Just received my Damascus Ice #220. It is beautiful, aye, but many flaws. As soon as I opened the box, the white suede was covered in oil marks, and suede really isn't an easy thing to clean, and i fear it will stay that way. Secondly, as i was examining the high quality blade, I found a crack in the steel, then another toward the hilt, which was more than displeasing. Thirdly, the suede threading is lose, meaning i could pinch the suede with my fingers if I dared... But that would be foolish. For $780 and £60 customs charges, I expected this sword to be in mint condition. I will be buying Needle next and I hope it is better made. Overall, unhappy with my Damascus Ice #220"
Nov 30 2012, 09:17 AMby Damian Hankey
"I was delighted to receive this sword as a Christmas present. Had no issue with the oily suede grip. The blade wobble is really only noticeable when handling the sword one-handed. Sadly, there is a very minor 5mm scratch on the blade. Otherwise, I'm very happy with this item"
Jan 31 2013, 04:21 AMby Anonymous
"Love the work you guys put in on the damascus Longclaw People everywhere want to know where I got and and want to buy it from me you'll have to be stupid to let one of those go...
Great job guys beautiful work
Oct 12 2011, 02:29 AMby Goldfox
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