"Game of Thrones" has given us quite a few memorable weapons, ranging from Dragonglass daggers to Brienne of Tarth's Valyrian steel longsword Oathkeeper. Young Arya Stark's personal sword is positively dainty compared with most swords wielded in the series, but it's just as deadly. The new Web series Man at Arms: Reforged took on the challenge of creating a real-life version of Needle, fashioned after the sword seen in the TV series.
Swordsmith Matt Stagmer and his brother Kerry Stagmer from Baltimore Knife & Sword led the charge to create the toothpick of a sword. The sword-making starts off with a slight departure from the series by combining different metals to create an interesting visual pattern. The metal is physically twisted to generate a star-like pattern along the blade.
Kerry Stagmer says Needle is designed with parts from 18th-century small swords. The Reforged team makes decorative accents, including a demon face, from bronze for the hilt. The handle is made from wood with a leather covering.
The finished sword is tapered and designed to poke and stab, rather than slash. The makers take it out for a test run, sticking the forged weapon through soda bottles, a plastic bag filled with fake blood and a milk jug. It quickly dispatches its foes with brutal efficiency. Arya Stark would be pleased.