SOURCE: United Cutlery
February 22, 2010 09:00 ET
United Cutlery Releases The Vorthelok Sword by Designer Kit Rae
Fantasy Collectible Is Newest Addition to the Popular Swords of the Ancients Collection
ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - February 22, 2010) - Cutlery®, manufacturer of licensed edged and
adult collectibles for the entertainment industry since 1981, today
announced the release of the Vorthelok™, a new sword from the Sword of
the Ancients™ collection by popular designer Kit Rae.
Beginning February 22, 2010, fans will have the opportunity to pre-order
Kit Rae's Vorthelok™ from BUDK, a United Cutlery® dealer, for $119.99
plus shipping. The swords are scheduled to arrive for delivery March 25,
2010. For information on reserving the sword, visit Budk.com/vorthelok
In 1997 Kit Rae created the highly successful Kit Rae Fantasy Art brand, a
line of his unique collectible weapons with companion art prints of his
fantasy paintings. Images from a hidden world of dreams and nightmares
inspire this line of edged creations. Some of his designs are strikingly
beautiful, some wickedly haunting, and some defy conventional description.
Kit Rae's fantasy knives and swords spawned the creation of a huge
collectible market worldwide for fantasy weapons that has generated
numerous imitators. He is perhaps best known for his top-selling Swords of
the Ancients™ collection, an ongoing line of medieval-inspired fantasy
weapons that include a companion print of his fantasy artwork and a
mythology about each weapon.
The latest in the Swords of the Ancients™ collection, the Vorthelok
Autographed Edition features a 28" false-edged, stainless steel blade with
serial number and laser-engraved runes, finely detailed cast metal hilt
parts with "antiqued iron" metal finish, and a waxed cotton cord wrapped
grip. The sword stretches 45" overall and includes a certificate of
authenticity and custom art print hand autographed by Kit Rae.
The mythology behind the Vorthelok revolves around the evil Ancient One
Evruc in the Fourth Age, who forged this powerful sword. Vorthelok was
later enchanted by Evruc's brother Atnal and used against Evruc when he was
cast out of the order of the Ancients. Wrought in the hand guard is the
symbol of the watching eye of Evruc and the pommel is formed in the
likeness of Evruc's terrible head. The blade features runes by Atnal that
translate to "Out of Darkness Comes Light."
"Our successful partnership with Kit Rae is due in no small part to the
level of detail and passion Kit brings by creating each sword," says Clint
Kadel, CEO and owner of United Cutlery. "We are proud to add the Vorthelok
to the Sword of the Ancients™ collection, and look forward to bringing
new and exciting creations from Kit to United Cutlery."
"United Cutlery has been making my sword designs into reality for over
twelve years now, but this time they have really outdone themselves," says
Kit Rae. "This replica of my Vorthelok sword design is superb. The
construction and level of detail is really second to none. I am really
pleased with the finished piece, and I applaud United Cutlery for a great
For more information and to browse all of Kit Rae's designs, visit budk.com/kitrae.
About United Cutlery®
With 28 years of branded experience, United Cutlery® continues to be the
leader in producing top quality licensed collectibles. United Cutlery®
strives to make knives and swords to the highest standards in the industry
with superior materials and workmanship that are a step above the cheap
imitations. In addition to Kit Rae® brand products, United Cutlery® is
currently licensed to manufacture products for God of War®, Devil May
Cry4®, GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, KISS®, Lynyrd Skynyrd®, The Lord of the
Rings®, Highlander®, and Disney®'s Prince of Persia®.
About Kit Rae
Kit Rae is one of the foremost fantasy/collectible weapon designers in the
industry. He was the lead designer for United Cutlery for over fifteen
years, and his pieces have appeared in television shows such as Burn
Notice, The X-Files, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
and numerous films such as Spider Man 2. Kit has also created and
supervised many licensed weapon replicas from films and television shows
such as Prince of Persia, Blade, Blade Trinity, Hellboy, Total Recall,
Mortal Kombat, Highlander, The Mask of Zorro, Heroes, and over fifty
products for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Kit is also the replica design
supervisor for many weapons from the video gaming industry. For United
Cutlery, he created the Legends in Steel, Samurai 3000, Steel Apocalypse,
Blades of Atlantis, and the Swords of the Ancients collections.
BUDK® offers high-quality, direct-to-consumer swords, knives, medieval
and fantasy weaponry, air guns, and other collectible weapons. BUDK® was
founded by Clint Kadel over 20 years ago and has been a thriving success
since. BUDK® distributes The BUDK Catalog and operates the www.budk.com
website. For a free catalog or to view the entire BUDK® product
selection, visit their website. BUDK is also on Facebook at Facebook.com/Budk and Twitter at Twitter.com/BudkCatalog.