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11/5/08 UPDATE

BLACK LEGION WAR AXE COMING SOON
Spirit with MithrodinFor those of you who requested that war axe held by the Barumen in Kit's Exotath painting be produced, your wish will be granted. The War Axe has been in the works for many months now. Kit is in the prototype stage right now, but the axe is getting close to being finalized. The item number will be KR0037. Click on the image above to get a sneak peek at the poster print that will be included with the axe. More news on release the date and spec to to come. Stay tuned!

10/15/08 UPDATE

EXOTATH SCABBARD COMING!
Spirit with MithrodinSpirit with MithrodinSpirit with MithrodinSpirit with Mithrodin Many collectors have requested it, so a custom designed scabbard for the Exotath sword is coming later this year! The scabbard will be made of imitation and genuine leather and features a fully adjustable shoulder strap. It is made to fit the Exotath but also fits most swords with a maximum blade length of 31 and a max width of 2 3/4. Tentatively scheduled for December '08. More info will be posted soon!


GOLD EXOTATH COMING IN DECEMBER
For those of you that collect the gold versions of Kit's swords, a limited edition 18K gold plated version of the Exotath (KR0030G) is almost here. It is strictly limited to 300 pieces and each will be serial numbered and come with a certificate of authenticity, hand signed by Kit. These are scheduled to be shipping from Kit's distributor, United Cutlery, to dealers sometime in mid December. Some dealers are taking pre-orders now! Suggested retail is $331. Specs can be found HERE.


EXOTATH WALL DISPLAY COMING IN DECEMBER
Spirit with MithrodinA special wall display created by Kit for the Exotath will be available from dealers in December(KR0040). This is a "universal" design, with multiple pre-drilled holes in the back so it will fit just about any sword shape. Suggested retail is $32.25. Specs can be found HERE.

 

 


ZIPPO COLLECTORS! KIT WILL BE AT THE SMKW ZIPPO WEEKEND ON SATURDAY, 10/18/08
Spirit with Mithrodin Spirit with MithrodinKit will be appearing for ZIPPO WEEKEND at Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 18th. He will be autographing his Zippo art lighters and posters of some of the Zippo art, and showing his Zippo prototypes in the Zippo section of the retail showroom from 10:00-2:00. SMKW is the worlds largest knife showplace, featuring a huge retail store filled with knife memorabilia and the National Knife Museum. It hosts this Zippo event every year, which includes the Zippo Mobile Exhibit of over 2000 lighters. SMKW is located just a few miles off the I-40 exit #407. Call 865-453-5871 for directions. You can visit their online store HERE. You can see Kit's entire Zippo line HERE.

9/29/08 UPDATE

KIT RAE APPEARING AT SMOKY MOUNTAIN KNIFE WORKS REP WEEKEND IN OCTOBER
Spirit with Mithrodin Spirit with MithrodinKit will be appearing at Smoky Mountain Knife Works Rep weekend in Sevierville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 11th. Kit will autograph your knife, sword, art Zippo, or poster for FREE. SMKW is the worlds largest knife showplace, featuring a huge retail store filled with knife memorabilia and the National Knife Museum. It is located just a few miles off the I-40 Smoky Mountains exit #407 at 2320 Winfield Dunn Parkway. Call 865-453-5871 for directions. You can visit their online store HERE. Rep weekend is a special weekend SMKW hosts each year where representatives and designers from many top knifemakers visit to meet collectors and answer questions. Kit will be stationed in the United Cultery section of SMKW's huge showroom.


AVOLOCH MITHRODIN SWORD COMING SOON!
Spirit with MithrodinHere is a sneak peak at Kit's next sword, the Avoloch, scheduled for later this year. This is the latest addition to Kit's Swords of the Ancients Collection. This is a Mithrodin sword, the sword of Enethia, from the Exotath Mythology. More news to come later!

 

 


ZIPPO COLLECTORS! KIT WILL BE AT THE SMKW ZIPPO WEEKEND ON SATURDAY, 10/18/08
Kit will be appearing for ZIPPO WEEKEND at Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 18th. He will be autographing his Zippo art lighters and posters of some of the Zippo art, and showing his Zippo prototypes in the Zippo section of the retail showroom from 10:00-2:00. SMKW is the worlds largest knife showplace, featuring a huge retail store filled with knife memorabilia and the National Knife Museum. It hosts this Zippo event every year, which includes the Zippo Mobile Exhibit of over 2000 lighters. SMKW is located just a few miles off the I-40 exit #407. Call 865-453-5871 for directions. You can visit their online store HERE. You can see Kit's entire Zippo line HERE.

9/1/08 UPDATE

DRAGON CON PHOTOS
DragonCon (dragoncon.org) in Atlanta this past Labor Day weekend was a huge success. It was a lot of work and we are glad to be home, but we will definitely be back next year! Thanks to all of our old friends, and the new ones we made at the show, for coming by the booth in the Marriot. Special thanks to the many long time collectors who came by. It was great to see you all again. The costumes were great and the show was nuts as usual. Teresa was mobbed for photos Friday night in her Indiana Jane costume. My wookie-Jedi-tie fighter pilot costume was not as popular for some reason. Here are a few pix from the con!

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GOLD EXOTATH COMING IN LATE SEPTEMBER
For those of you that collect the gold versions of Kit's swords, a limited edition 18K gold plated version of the Exotath (KR0030G) is almost here. It is strictly limited to 300 pieces and each will be serial numbered and come with a certificate of authenticity, hand signed by Kit. These are scheduled to be shipping from Kit's distributor, United Cutlery, to dealers around the end of September. We expect dealers will be taking pre-orders early next month. Suggested retail is $331.

gold exotath photo


EXOTATH WALL DISPLAY COMING IN LATE SEPTEMBER
A special wall display created by Kit for the Exotath will be available from dealers in late September (KR0040). This is a "universal" design, with multiple pre-drilled holes in the back so it will fit just about any sword shape. Suggested retail is $32.25.

gold exotath photo


AVOLOCH MITHRODIN SWORD COMING SOON!
Here is a sneak peak at Kit's next sword, the Avoloch, scheduled for later this year. This is the latest addition to Kit's Swords of the Ancients Collection. This is a Mithrodin sword, the sword of Enethia, from the Exotath Mythology. More news to come later!

gold exotath photo

8/14/08 UPDATE

Blade Show link

DRAGON CON IN ATLANTA, LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Kit will be appearing at Dragoncon (dragoncon.org) in Atlanta, Georgia August 29 - September 1, 2008. Kit will be signing and selling his swords, knives, limited edition art prints, posters, Zippo art lighters, and statues in the Kit Rae Fantasy Art booth located in the Dealer Hall of the Marriot Marquis International Ballroom. Kit will also have a few of the replica Hiro Nakamura swords from the NBC television series, HEROES, for which Kit did the reverse engineering of the original prop and supervised the replica. Dragoncon is America's largest multi media popular arts convention, focusing on science fiction, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Host Hotels for the con are the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta Marriot Marquis, and the Atlanta Hilton. This is our last big con for the year so we hope to see you there! Also, if you see a gorilla/tie fighter pilot/jedi and his Indiana Jane companion after hours, you may want to say hi!

7/29/08 UPDATE

COMIC-CON PHOTOS
Thanks to everyone who came by the True Edge booth last weekend at Comic-Con International (www.comic-con.org) in San Diego, California. It was a pleaseure to meet all of you longtime fans as well as the new collectors. Also, a big thanks to Doug Mitchell of True Edge, as well as Mike and Bob for making me feel welcome at the con. It was fun. Hopefully we can do it again next year! Here are a few pix from the con.

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7/9/08 UPDATE

Blade Show link

COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL, JULY 24-26 IN SAN DIEGO
Kit will be appearing at Comic-Con International (www.comic-con.org) in San Diego, California, July 24-26. Kit will be the special guest of True Edge, in booth 4618 of the Exhibit Hall. He will be autographing posters and products, and selling limited edition art prints. The show runs through Sunday the 27th, but Kit will only be there Thursday afternoon through Saturday. Comic-Con Memeberships can only be purchased online, and they are getting close to selling out, so get them quick if you plan on attending. See you there!

6/15/08 UPDATE

ADVENTURECON PHOTOS
Thanks to everyone who came by the booth at Adventurecon (www.adventurecon.com) in Knoxville this past weekend. It was good to meet with all of you fans and we hope to see you all again at Adventurecon 2009! Thanks to Mike for all your help! Here are some pix from the show.

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6/5/08 UPDATE

BLADE SHOW IN ATLANTA MAY 30th – JUNE 1st
Kit will be appearing at Adventurecon (www.adventurecon.com) at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, June 13th-15th. Adventurecon is Tennessee's largest collector's show, featuring toy and collectibles dealers, dozens of celebrities signing autographs, comic artists, and more. Kit will be selling his knives, swords, art Zippos, and limited edition autographed art prints. Hw will also be selling some customized BlackJet throwers, and the new Exotath, Agnemmel, and Evruc and the Sword of Darkness limited editon prints. Come by and see our booth.

The show hours are: Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. See you there!

BLADE SHOW PHOTOS
Thanks to everyone who came by our booth at the Blade Show (www.blademag.com) in Atlanta this past weekend. T and I enjoyed meeting everyone and we hope to see you all again at the Blade show in 2009! Thanks to Mike Seymour, our “in the aisle” promoter, and thanks to Mike Carter for the photo of me and T. Here are some pix from the show.

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CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE NEW KIT RAE ZIPPOS!
If you are a collector of Kit's art Zippos, you can vote for his new Zippo concept designs on Zippo's website, HERE. You have to fill in some info, and Kit's new designs are at the very end of the selections, but your vote does count. Thanks for voting! The current Kit Rae Zippo line can be found HERE.

5/10/08 UPDATE

Blade Show link

BLADE SHOW IN ATLANTA MAY 30th – JUNE 1st
Kit will be appearing at the Blade Show (www.blademag.com) in Atlanta, May 30th-June 1st. The Blade show is the world's largest knife show, featuring over 108,000 square feet of knife exhibits featuring custom knives, antique knives, manufacturer displays, and a host of knife and knifemaking seminars. Kit will be selling his knives, swords, art Zippos, and limited edition autographed art prints. Kit will be selling some customized BlackJet throwers, and the new Exotath, Agnemmel, and Evruc and the Sword of Darkness limited editon prints will go on sale for the first time, only at the Blade Show. The Blade Show is held at the Cobb Galleria Center and Renaissance Waverly Hotel, Atlanta. Come by and see us at table #27, row F.

The show hours are: Friday, May 30: 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 31: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, June 1: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Here are directions. See you there!

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE NEW KIT RAE ZIPPOS!
If you are a collector of Kit's art Zippos, you can vote for his new Zippo concept designs on Zippo's website, HERE. You have to fill in some info, and Kit's new designs are at the very end of the selections, but your vote does count. Thanks for voting! The current Kit Rae Zippo line can be found HERE.

4/18/08 UPDATE

BLACKJET THROWERS NOW SHIPPING FROM DEALERS!
The new BlackJet 8 1/2“ Thrower Triple Sets, KR0033B, and BlackJet Throwing Dagger, KR0034, are now shipping from authorized Kit Rae dealers. These throwers are top quality, not your average low-priced junk throwers made of brittle steel and over-hardened. The finish is as nice as a custom knife. Kit has personally tested the production knives to be sure they are up to his standards. For those of you wondering what the runes on the BlackJet throwing dagger say, they translate as, ”Honor ruled by steel and strength through truth. Perseverance brings victory.“

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BlackJet 8 1/2 Thrower Movie (320x240) Quicktime
BlackJet 8 1/2 Thrower Movie (320x240) Windows Media Viewer
BlackJet Throwing Dagger Movie (320x240) Quicktime
BlackJet Throwing Dagger Movie (320x240) Windows Media Viewer

3/24/08 UPDATE

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EXOTATH MYTHOLOGY ADDED TO THE TALE OF SWORDS OF THE ANCIENTS PAGE
I know it's late, but I have finally finished writing the mythology of the Exotath swords and it has been added to the Tale of the Swords of the Ancients page. The mythology tells of the swords' creation, the Elf Agnemmel, the Dark One, the sorcerer wars, and of the oracle Methuscia when she was young. Translations of the blade runes are also included in the tale. The Map of the Swords of the Ancients has also been expanded to include the new locations from the mythology.

EXOTATH QUICKTIME TRAILER! COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU
View the new trailer of the Exotath sword and mythology.
Exotath Trailer - Small (240x180)
Exotath Trailer - Medium (320x240)
Exotath Trailer - Large (720x480)

3/18/08 UPDATE

BLACKJET THROWING AXE TARGET-BUILDING AND TIPS
For those of you who own a BlackJet Axe, I thought I would post some pix of my own throwing target. This was made entirely of scrap wood so it looks a bit shabby but it gets the job done. If you buy wood, use treated lumber for the frame so it won't warp on you after it rains. My target is 7 1/2' tall and 20” wide, and 39“ deep from the front to the back supports. I built it to lean slightly back, about 80 degrees. I found this does not affect throwing, but when a novice makes a bad throw and gets a bounce-back it can shave the distance it comes back! I use 1 1/2” thick x 9 1/4“ wide x 2' long replaceable boards (the boards you see on the left and right are new boards) and I just flip them over when one side gets chopped up. When they get really worn I replace them with new ones. I use 3” wood screws and attach them from the back, never the front. You don't want your blade to hit a screw. Be sure to run the grain vertically so your axes and knives stick more easily. Next time I'll post some throwing tips.

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...and for those of you who have just started throwing, here are a few pix of the many ways you can trick-throw the BlackJet; point-first, axe-tip first, back-point first, and pommel-tip first. I designed it with several points so when you master one way of throwing you can change to another. If you are wondering, I never use the actual cutting edge for throwing. My favorite throw is to stick the two top points first, just like a throwing knife.

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3/3/08 UPDATE

NEW EXOTATH WALLPAPERS!
New wallpapers for your computer desktop of Kit's Exotath painting and a photo montage of the Exotath sword. Click on one of the links below to download the high (1600 x 1024 dpi), medium (1280 x 1024 dpi), or low resolution (800 x 600 dpi) versions. More wallpaper of Kit's art can be found in the Art Gallery.

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NOTICE! SOME EXOTATHS MISSING KIT'S AUTOGRAPH ON POSTER
We just found that the first shipment of Exotath autographed editions that shipped to dealers from United Cutlery last week were packed with the unsigned posters by mistake. Kit hand signed the posters with a gold metallic pen on the lower left side. The lower right side has a smaller signature that was in the original art. If your poster is missing the hand signed signature contact United Cutlery at 1-800-548-0835 about getting your poster replaced. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. Contact us at raeworks@kitrae.net if you have any problem getting your poster replaced.

SWORD AND KNIFE CARE PAGE ADDED
Due to the volume of email asking how to care for Kit's swords and knives we have added a Sword and Knife Care section to the bottom of the Collector's List page.

2/25/08 UPDATE

EXOTATH SHIPPING DATE
The autographed edition of the Exotath sword (#KR0030A) is expected to be shipping from dealers the first week of March. Authorized Kit Rae dealers are taking pre-orders for this limited 1500 piece run now.

2/12/08 UPDATE

    

EXOTATH - PHOTOS AND ART of the NEW SWORD OF THE ANCIENTS!
Exotath is the latest in the Swords of the Ancients collection. This sword has been in the works for the past year and it is near complete so we can at last post some photos! The sword should be shipping from dealers sometime in March if all goes well. There are plans to release a custom fit wall plaque and a shoulder scabbard in a few months as well. Dealers should be taking pre-orders for the autographed first production run now, so get you orders in with your favorite Kit Rae supplier soon. We expect the first 1500 to go fast as this is the first 'new' Kit Rae sword design in almost two years! The new Exotath poster art is up in the Gallery, and the mythology story behind the sword is up in the Tale of the Swords of the Ancients section. As with previous editions, Kit has hand signed the first 1500 posters included with each sword. Below are photos of the prototype.

                                            

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