Longclaw Now for Sale

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    I pictured Longclaw longer and narrower, definitely with a full-length mid-rib, not the rather excessive fuller arrangement here.

    Actually, I saw it as a less-decorative version of the magnificent XVIIIb pictured in The Sword in the Age of Chivalry. I'll post the plate number when I get home and can look it up.

    It looks good, just not what I pictured.
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    In the books it is described as being wide and having 3 fullers, we couldn't really go against that.
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    Point. Or possibly edge.

    Still, a type XIIIa with three narrow fullers would be more like actual medieval swords.

    I admit I have a thing for historical swords and like to see fantasy swords as historical as possible.
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    I just read the part of the book about a week ago where jon gets the sword, and that's almost exactly how I pictured it. The only different thing I saw in my head was a little bigger wolf head, with teeth bared. I can't remember if it described the head in the book or if I just liked it like that. Either way, it looks awesome!
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    I thought the wolf head would be different too honestly, but we presented GRRM with like in total 8 poses and orientations and this is the one he picked.
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    OMG! You actually spoke to the god amongst men?! I'll give you $30 for his personal e-mail.
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    hahaha his personal email I think is on his site somewhere. I know his address and phone number though and many contracts and approval sheets with his autograph heh. I tell you what though, I was a little starstruck with the first phonecall, I'm a big fan
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    No disrespect meant, CB.

    I like the sword a lot but to me it looks a bit cheap. The wolf's head looks really plastic, like something I might pull out of a McDonald's happy meal.

    However, I know nothing about swords so my opinion is really worthless. I do, however, LOVE Needle. It's on my Xmas list.
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    It isn't plastic. Its powder coated metal with a high gloss finish.
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    I would have had to e-mail. There's no way I'd be able to talk coherently.
    Duh!
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    Like I said - I don't know what I'm talking about. :)
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    I really don't get it either. I just like to be on the smart side. :draught:
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    Yeah im liking it, it is pretty much the same as I had imagined. I would like to have seen bared teeth though, good work none the less!
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    Very nice, though I too don't exactly like the wolf head maybe I expected it to be more worn and not shiny and new looking. But then again I guess no one really wants a something that looks worn and used...lol!

    But I'm with App, my little Arya needs a Needle for Christmas! :D
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    Well even in the books that part of the sword was brand new.
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    Was it, I so don't remember? :confused:
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    "...laid a large sword in a black metal scabbard banded with silver."

    "I had the rest made anew."

    "The pommel was a hunk of pale stone weighted with lead to balance the long blade. It had been carved into the likeness of a snarling wolf's head, with chips of garnet set into the eyes. The grip was virgin leather, soft and black, as yet unstained by sweat or blood."

    That's a good representation of Martin's description, I guess I just envisioned it differently. More stoney. Less detail/color. (I'm boring, eh?)
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    the thing about stone is, you can't mass produce stone carvings.

    You can do a fake-resin stone thing, which won't have the weight, you could maybe I guess do an aggregate casting (concrete type fake brick things you see on houses) but you still don't have the weight and durability.

    So... metal.

    Think about... say... The Shawshank Redemption and the chess pieces he carves & polishes out of stone. Considering he had only primitive tools there in the prison, that is probably about what it'd be.
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    Okay, according to the description, the bladeform should be a type XX, like drawing:
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    but what I pictured was more like this magnificent type XVIIIb:
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    I do hope I'm allowed to post images.

    Forgive me for being a little obsessive about the subject, but I like my medieval fantasy medieval.
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