Considerable work went into this detailed movie replica from United Cutlery’s LOTR series. The Dagger of the Witch-King is more than just a scaled-down companion piece to the much larger Sword of the Witch King. The Dagger has its own unique look of aged and pitted metal, but depicted in stainless steel construction that will last for lifetimes.
The original movie dagger, according to United Cutlery, had been forged from carbon steel — a good choice for a prop blade. But for display, something with more corrosion resistance was needed. The United Cutlery version doesn’t look shiny or new and still has the unmistakable pitted look of a fine blade that spent the last sixty years on the floor of a damp tomb. The knife’s undead owner was the leader of the Ring Wraiths, the spirits of corrupted ancient kings who were set the task of recovering the Ring for their dark master.
The LOTR Dagger of the Witch King certainly looks like it came from the kit of an undead lord. The long spike of the dagger’s blade is double fullered and accurately finished with that intricately pitted antiquing and a darken patina on the plain metal cross-guard. The Dagger’s thin grip also matches the style of the Witch-King’s Sword with a covering of dark leather laid over the rat-tail tang handle. Kit Rae, the designer of United Cutlery’s LOTR swords, created the aged look by acid-etching the metal parts of the dagger. The officially licensed United Cutlery version of the Witch King’s Dagger is 16-3/4 inches in length with a 420J2 high carbon stainless steel blade and cast metal bladeguard and pommel. The Dagger does an excellent job of matching the details and the character of the movie weapon. A certificate of authenticity accompanies the piece, along with a display plaque for wall mounting.
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