The Bladesmith

This is what you will see if I am at a sca event or renaissance fair except that my hair is a lot shorter now.

My mission in life is to take over the world through the use of superior cutlery, however I lack the drive, the patience and I'm just to damn lazy too do so. In lieu of taking over the world I will just have to settle for providing superior cutlery to people that do have the drive, the focus, and aren't too damn lazy (no offense to the lazy resistance fighters who are holding down couches every where and there-by halting the ottoman advance. viva la resistance)

And this is a little story about how i got started I'll add more about me later on. 
Hello my name is Brandon Sawisch and I have been making knives under the Dragon Cutlery name since 1999. And this is my web site. Now to my short story. I've always, as long as I can remember, owned at least one knife. I can remember buying my first real knife at ten years of age (my dad tells people I was older so they don't think he was crazy). Later on I started making handles for my knives after my dog decided that my new case knife was a delicious chew toy. (Still have the dog don't know where the knife is though) After that I made a handle or two for some friends. Then I started to buy knives without handles or easily removed handles with blades that I liked. Then one day I hit the bargain bin at the local Meijer store and I saw it, the book (I still have this book but its under lock and key so you can't have it, it's mine all mine). I didn't know what I had at that point, but it was gold. It was a book full of knives and always having had an interest in them I bought it. Only later did I realize that this wasn't the new year models from the factory, I realized at that moment (or a moment damn close to that one) that real people in their own homes and shops could make knives (really really big knives... ok ok I was young but I still drool when the new one comes out and I always will so there). That and some old fox fire books my dad got at a garage sale got me started making my own blades from scratch. And later a copy of step-by-step knifemaking you can do it! by david boye. I built a forge and grabbed the old vise for a striking surface a claw hammer and quickly learned why you don't make the top of the forge out of aluminum. Eventually i got the proper tools (but it wasn't easy, never go to the local grocery store to buy one Wile E. Coyote style acme anvil it doesn't work so don't try it) and started making knives and that as they say is most of the story (more to come after I get a few more offers for the movie rights). I'll probably add more after the amnesia wears off from the first test of the anvil and catapult but that pretty much covers it for now. hope you had as much fun reading it as I had living it !!

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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