Get out your wallets, Needle is available for preordering now.

Click here to preorder Needle.

At this point we hope to have it out Fall of 2009, September or October, conservatively.

Included with the product information are some photographs for your viewing pleasure. Once we have the finalized box art we’ll post that as well.

If you cannot checkout let us know and we’ll work up a shipping quote for your country.

I’ve seen some comments people didn’t picture Needle like this, they pictured a rapier. I did too, GRRM set me straight, and it makes sense.

Needle was requisitioned for Arya as a lighter sword, not as a Braavosi sword. Jon had never been to Braavos, and Mikken, the man who made it, was a Northman, not a Braavosi. Arya’s teacher was eventually Braavosi of course, but that was long after she had left Winterfell. So, the issue is, what would Mikken, a Northman, have made when asked by Jon to make a light thin sword for Arya? The fighting style in which the sword is eventually used doesn’t change who made it and with what skill.

This is what makes ASOIAF so great, GRRM thinks of these things. A lesser fantasy novel might have Mikken conveniently be a smithing dynamo, familiar with all weapons the world over. But in these novels, characters realistically have limits to their abilities. It is best to think of Needle not as a Braavosi blade, it isn’t, but as an original Mikken creation.

Remember to stick them with the pointy end!

11 Thoughts on “Needle For Sale

  1. Grant on June 28, 2009 at 5:52 pm said:

    Order complete! Now bring on “Ice”!!!

  2. Pluk on June 29, 2009 at 3:19 am said:

    purchased Longclaw yesterday, i guess i’ll wait a bit ;) maybe christmas ^^

  3. kallisto on June 29, 2009 at 11:21 am said:

    Really harmonious sword ;) now we wait some informations for ICE. bye

  4. Bryan on June 29, 2009 at 7:01 pm said:

    Ordered Needle very early on yesterday… I can’t wait to display her next to Longclaw! Fall will be an exciting time.

  5. Sime on July 1, 2009 at 5:26 am said:

    Very good points in regard to the design of Needle.

    I can’t afford to buy these swords, but I do like to see what you guys come up with for each one.

    I don’t really agree with the style of the wolf’s head pommel of Jon’s sword (although I still think it looks good), but I have to totally agree with the way you’ve done Arya’s sword.

    Well done Valyrian Steel, you guys are doing great!

  6. how is the production of needle going? r we still looking at sept or oct for arrival? Do u have any info on ice? and if so what would be the next product after it? Keep up the great work!

  7. Guy 112 on August 20, 2009 at 12:06 am said:

    I love the needle desighn but its funny I always imagined needle being more of a classic rapier.

  8. Any final words yet on when Needle will ship?

  9. So, it’s the end of October now, when can I expect Needle to ship? I’m a little anxious! :)

  10. We hope by the end of november… I know I know… right before production GRRM changed the length a little bit and that delayed thingss.

  11. Tony D. on October 31, 2009 at 7:56 am said:

    I placed a preorder, but I moved since I’ve placed it. I’ve sent two e-mails and left a voicemail, but don’t know if you’ve received my new address. Can someone please contact me? I want to make sure my order ends up in the right state! :)

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