- So... You make wooden stakes?
- Yep, we sure do. I think we are the only professional fighting stake
makers in the world - Though we suspect that a lot of people
make their own.
- As in... For killing Vampires, yea?
- You got it. It's an interesting one to explain at parties if nothing
- How did this all start?
- We started from a background of making both weapons and natural
wooden items and one day someone asked us if we could make a wooden
stake that was practical to use. We played around with a few designs
and eventually came up with the "fighting stake" that now forms our
logo and most popular item. The original stake had wooden tips and
wasn't really very practical for long term use so we investigated
a lot of Vampire legend and decided that it would be a good idea to
use screw in tips made of pure silver. For good measure, and backed
up by some legend, a proportion of the silver is from Holy Items.
During our investigations we found a lot of fundamental things that
we had done wrong with our original stakes and being obsessive purists
corrected these and created our first Vampire stake. The person who
asked us to make it was more than happy with the stake, ordered more
than enough to pay back the original design costs and since then we
have had a steady stream of unusual, but very interesting customers
all with their own specific needs.
- So do you sell stakes?
- Not really. We have a private customer base who keep us able
to carry on eating but we don't normally sell to the "general public".
These stakes are not always the most pretty things to look at and
the cost involved in making them makes them a bit expensive as novelty
items. There is also an issue with the fact that most of the stakes
we do are blessed and according to our tame Catholic Priest, an item
that has been blessed cannot then be sold.
Oddly, a lot of people are return customers so we can only assume
that these things get used.
- What sort of stakes do you make?
- Generally speaking, whatever we are asked to make though there's
not huge amounts of of variety in wooden stakes. The fighting stake
is our own design, we also do a tonfa like stake, a smallish hand
stake, stakes that can be shot from crossbows and of course, the
traditional straight stake. We have made some very odd one offs
but I can't see most of them taking off.
One thing we are considering at the moment, is a much more practical
weapon that involves a wood, ceramic and plastic mix
- How do you make them?
- Carefully! These days we have learned not to make the pointy
bit first... A lot of the process that goes into a finished stake
is a trade secret but the basic stake is hand cut from a suitable
cut of wood and the silver tips, inlays and barbs are hand cast from
pure silver. The garlic smell they give off is part of the wood
treatment and finishing process we apply - This part is where our
stakes differ vastly from an everyday pointy stick.
Generally we don't use power tools with the exception
of an occasional chainsaw. A lot of research went into the history of
Vampire killing and all of this has been incorporated into our stake
making process. We have also made various little changes of our own
to turn these stakes into practical weapons that hopefully do their
job very well.
- Do you use a particular type of wood?
- Vampire killing legends are often contradictory on what type of
wood to use but fruit trees tend to be a common theme. The wood we
use also has to be hard enough to withstand a lot of abuse, it must
hold its shape and it would be embarassing if it was to split at the
wrong time. We vary between Apple and Cherry most of the time, because
it smells nice (or something).
- Have you ever made any novelty items?
- Erm, well I admit, we did once make a stake with an embedded
sound unit that played the Buffy theme... Sorry! One of the nicest
things we made was a walking stick that would "snap" into a silver
tipped stake for emergency use.
- Do you make anything else?
- Nope, not any more - It's hard enough keeping up with the ones
we have to make now.
- Do these things work?
- I have absolutely no idea! If you believe the legends then you can
be sure that these things probably work better than any other stakes ever
made and we have certainly not had any complaints. Someone did once point
out to us that Vampires couldn't mail us any complaints because the
computer monitors would be as bad forthem as direct sunlight - Maybe this
explains why Vampires don't complain to us?
- They don't look much like Buffy's stakes, and I saw those work!
- Some Vampire legend says that any old lump of wood stuck into a
Vampire's chest will send it to the happy blood-bank in the sky. Other
legends are far more specific about what should be done. Some even claim
that peices of the true cross should be involved but luckily these are
rare because nobody will give us any! The one thing about Buffy's stakes
is that they look really uncomfortable to use. As a good martial artist
you would think she would use better designed tools... In fact, she should
come to us.
- Why don't people make their own?
- I suspect that by far the vast majority of people who may use these
things do but it's not as easy as it looks. I suspect the dangers in
getting it wrong are quite ... fatal.
- What are the legalities in this?
- We honestly don't know. We have taken some advice and when the person
we ask realises we are serious, they are usually very confused. Are we
supplying a deadly weapon or a pointy stick? Is a silver tipped wooden
stake any more dangerous than an arrow and here's an interesting one, if
the stake is used to "kill" a Vampire, has a crime against the person been
committed bearing in mind the Vampire is already dead? On the basis that
these things are leathal weapons it's probably not a good idea to carry
them around generally.
- Do you offer a money back guarantee?
- Who to, the Vampire or the Vampire Hunter?