Arwen's sword is made by both Noble Collection and United Cutlery, Legolas' knives are made by United Cutlery. I can't speak to their quality (or any other versions that are out there) but the UC version of Arwen's is MUCH less expensive. I have their version of the Uruk-hai "scimitar" and it's very well made.
This is a comparison of the cheap eBay version and the UC version of Hadhafang. The rear one is the eBay version and the designs and lettering are all "printed right on the blade." while the UC is engraved. Generally the UC is about twice as costly and completely worth the money.
Best? If you're willing to pony up the (substanial) cash it will take, John Lundemo of odinblades.com has done some absolutely jaw-dropping LOTR-inspired pieces, including some similiar to hadhafang and legolas' knives.
Othewise.. go with United Cutlery. They're clumsy heavy wallhangers, but at least they're pretty clumsy heavy wallhangers. Honestly, I have yet to get anything from Noble Collection that looked half as good in real life as it does in the photos.
(I've gotten a few pieces of elven jewelry from 'em.. nothing else. Their other stuff may be better)
Thanks everyone. your advice is vey much apreciated.
Originally posted by Rebel Hunter@Apr 17 2006, 06:17 PM For licensed stuff, I would stick with the United Cutlery versions. From what I have read and seen of the Noble swords...they are garbage. Steer clear of the unlicensed pieces on eBay.
Other than that, there have been several people here who have commissioned a skilled swordsmith to make versions of Strider's sword and alsoNarsil, I believe. Those are $$$.