Retribution, Poisoner’s Knife, and More

Nope, check the date. Not April 1. Nope, this isn’t a Kickstarter. It’s here. It’s now. It’s for real. Well, a real replica. This one doesn’t do magic. Believe me, I tried.

May I present to you Retribution as covered by the black ka’kari.



I’m really impressed with the quality of the work Windlass Steelcrafts has done. It was a huge concern of mine to only be associated with work I can be proud of. I’m proud of this. Windlass got their start outfitting the British Gurkha regiments with kukris and has supplied not only a lot of Hollywood with props and replicas, but also a number of the world’s militaries with their swords. Retribution and the Poisoner’s Knife are 1085 high carbon steel, hand forged and heat treated in a computer controlled oven. This is considered “battle steel” and although more pure now than what sword smiths of old would have used, is basically what would have been used if the story were non-fiction. They’re full tang for added strength, will hold a good edge, but are flexible enough to take a blow. A sharpening service is available.

So… should the Zombie Apocalypse occur… this purchase could really be considered insurance… right? Right? And with that black finish, it won’t give away your position to other raiders. Er, raiders, I mean. Not other raiders. My fans would be only good guys, right? Right?

Also, for a limited time, when you buy Retribution or the Poisoner’s Knife, you will receive a certificate of authenticity, hand signed by me.

Purchase the replica of Retribution HERE.


The language on the sides of the blade and down the length of the scabbard is comprised of a real font designed in the Middle Ages to speak to immortals. If yours doesn’t auto-translate into a language you can read, check your ka’kari. 😉  If you’re rusty on your Hyrillic, it says Mercy down one side and Justice down the other. The scabbard says Retribution. The sword belt has vials for your favorite poiso–err, colored water! Or could hold spikes that would definitely not be for throwing, especially in the states of New York or California. You can find the scabbard and sword belt HERE.

About a different kind of translation:  In the books, the Poisoner’s Knife was a dainty thing, almost concealable in your hand. We tried it. It didn’t seem right. Sort of like if you look at Michelangelo’s statue of David from the ground, he looks all sorts of awesome, but if you were to look at him straight on, his proportions are all weird. Why? Because Michelangelo crafted David to look awesome for the way his audience was going to encounter him, rather than slavishly making his proportions “correct.” I believe in the same principle. In the books, a tiny dagger could be badass because it’s tiny–but that just doesn’t work when you’re doing cos-play or you want to show your friends This Cool Thing. Ergo, the Poisoner’s Knife here is NOT small: it’s awesomely big. I think it works better this way, and I like to trust other artists to tweak things in the medium where they’re the experts. Similarly, we tried other things with Retribution (it IS a shape-shifting sword after all). We tried different shapes or even bigger, and they just didn’t work as well as we thought this does. This is one rendering of these blades, and if you prefer the ones in your imagination, great! The power of books is to engage your imagination; the power of costuming is to see and hold and feel a real, particular object.

And kill zombies with it.

Purchase the Poisoner’s Knife HERE.

And last, the perfect complement to your wetboy cos-play or to fend off zombie bites — I didn’t put zombies in Night Angel, did I? Why didn’t I put zombies in Night Angel? — these awesome vambraces are available HERE.

I hope you love the work we’ve done. It’s taken a lot of time. (How much? Well, you might notice we managed to sneak in the sword design into the Graphic Novel. Thanks, Andy MacDonald for the extra work!) See? Foreshadowing!





28 thoughts on “Retribution, Poisoner’s Knife, and More

  1. Magnolia says:

    Damn it, Mr. Weeks! I don’t have this much money! I don’t want to chose I want it all!!!

  2. Eric says:

    Looks Just like I pictured when reading the books (both times through!)

  3. Robin says:

    Damn, that’s some awesome looking gear, looks very well made.

    Would love to own the sword and knife.. maybe one day!

  4. Laurel says:

    You know, those vials are totally going to hold shots at conventions. You know? Ok, as long as you know 😉

  5. Mizzy says:

    Oh my warm blooded goodness.

    Take my money! Take ALL of my money!

  6. Blase says:

    Retribution looks quite awesome.

  7. Thanorpheus says:

    Saw Retribution, instantly placed an order.

    Looks awesome, can’t wait to see it in person!

  8. Rogue says:

    Mr. Weeks i don’t want this sword… i want a new book of shadows saga ! Pleeeaassseeeeee

  9. Not Kip says:

    Great Brent! Now we need a Blinder’s Knife. Badly!

  10. kail says:

    Start off by saying that these books were amazing instant classics. Can we hav more plz? A sequel w Blue? A prequel w A. Thorne during the Alkestes age?????

  11. Kylar S. says:

    Retribution looks great. Pictured the cross-guards being a tad longer, but still looks cool.

    The poisoner’s knife? I don’t know, I pictured it being more like a thin stiletto-type dagger with holes drilled down the fuller (or blood grove) of the blade.

    I thank every heavenly and hellish body that you didn’t add zombies. The krul, though somewhat zombie like I guess, were awesome. But actual zombies? That’s been done to death.

  12. Dan says:

    The pieces look fantastic! Particularly Retribution. I was wondering, are these pieces limited editions? IE only (insert ### here) are going to be made and sold.

    As always, keep up the great work Brent!

    1. brent says:

      The first 250 of each get a signed statement of authenticity, but no, not these are not limited editions. Museum Replicas/Windlass Steelworks has a contract to make these for up to… two more years, if I recall correctly. How many they actually make is up to them, of course.

      1. Dan says:

        Thanks for the response! A numbered edition to go along with the first batch that gets the signed statement of authenticity would have been awesome. It makes sense to not have it in case they want to continue production.

        I’ve ordered Retribution, the scabbard, and the poisoner’s knife. The scabbard and knife arrived in less than a week, but Retribution is back-ordered. Does this mean I missed the first 250? Or are they still working on the production?

        1. Mary says:

          Hey Dan,

          just for the heads up; it *may* not take as long as they say for you to get Retribution. I ordered mine and got notice that Retribution was back-ordered; only to have an e-mail saying it had shipped a day or two later. It’s supposed to arrive on Monday! (the 21st).

  13. Eric T says:

    Is there any chance of a Curoch or Ceur’caelestos replica?

  14. Chris N says:

    Just wondering but i dont think it can change into Iures the Staff of Law right? And why would it be so special against ferali? Didn’t Kylar kill most of the ferali with Curoch?

  15. Nox says:

    Well, there goes all my money. Screw it, I don’t need food that badly anyway.

  16. Fanny says:

    Dear Santa,
    I’ve been really, really good…

  17. jose says:

    Whens the movie coming out!!!

  18. Erin says:

    Oh boy, the nerd in me is going crazy!

  19. Dan says:

    I bought Retribution and the Poisoner’s Knife a while ago now, and am looking for a good way to display them. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    I’m looking at something like this for Retribution (link goes to

    I looked for something similar for a knife/dagger but have had no luck. Anyone who has a suggestion please let me know!

    By the way, they both look awesome in person! Every time I show them to new people I get all kinds of “Wow!” and “Holy crap that is amazing!” sort of responses.

  20. Ron says:

    My fiancée bought me Retribution for Christmas, and the level of love I have for it is out of this world. I’m on my seventh re-read of the night angel trilogy, and I’m nowhere even close to tired of it! I plan on purchasing the Vambrace’s shortly, as well as the scabbard and poisoners knife. Absolutely love Brent Weeks, Night Angel, and I adore my blade!

  21. Nick says:

    Hello Mr. Weeks. I’m a huge fan of the Night Angel Series. I’m such a fan that I had to replace my Shadow’s Edge due to the spine wearing out. When I found out you had an official Retribution Sword in conjunction with Windlass Steel, I just knew I had to have one. Sadly though, I only found out about it in 2018 and sadly they were no longer sold. I have tried everything to get one, even trying to find a second hand sword for sale. Is there any way you may have a resurgence if this item, or even if you know of a way I could get one? I would totally pay up to $500 for just one! Thank you so much for your time sir!

  22. Sean V says:

    I absolutely love this! I picked up the first Night Angel book last month and just finished Perfect Shadow. These books are masterpieces and Retribution is too. I wish there were a way to get my hands on it. Any chance they’ll be sold again (or would someone be willing to sell a second hand blade)?

    1. The Dread Pirate CAPSLOCK says:

      Hi Sean! Yeah, Museum Replicas did an amazing job with the knife & Retribution. It was meant to be a super-special, limited edition thing, which means they almost certainly won’t go back into production. Your best bet is ebay, far as we know :/

  23. Robert B says:

    These are amazing. I wish I had seen this when they came out. I’d have loved to buy them.

  24. Lucas Hempel says:

    I can’t believe I missed out on these! My dad and I both loved the books so much. As an avid “Sharp and Shiny Object Collector” I am ashamed to have missed out on stuff from what is probably my favorite book series.

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