Posted in a British knife forum by a recent customer (with his permission):

"The knife was smaller than I was expecting and the blade is about 1/3 thicker than I would have expected too.

The smaller size and non-tactical styling makes the knife very non-threatening in appearance and a good hiking and food prep knife, where such things are allowed.

The extra thickness makes it a good backup tool for impromptu woodcraft or as an acceptable prybar should the need arise. The choil is probably wide and thick enough to act as a guard and yet the blade is sharp enough for slicing.

The sheath holds the knife securely and safely, and is small enough to ride comfortable in the IWB position (inside the waistband, behind the belt) or clipped inside a hip pocket. IWB, with a t-shirt slung over, it is very unobtrusive. The way the clip goes into a recess in the leather makes for a very secure hold that won't come loose in a fast or sloppy draw. It is also secure enough to tie to the belt so that the whole knife can be carried in the pocket and still be drawn one handed in a single motion. I also like the large drainhole which is more functional than on most sheathes. The stitching is very good, although the edge could do with a better wax an burnish.

If you are considering buying one and hiking packing a knife isn't your thing, you might buy a half dozen in different colours; they'd make great high-end steak knives!

All in all, it's probably not how I'd have done it, but I like it a lot more than I thought I would. I didn't read the description carefully and was kind of expecting a larger knife about the size of a chef's knife or small bowie, but as I said, I have no real need for one more of those.

Besides learning from it (my main objective), it's a good knife in it's own right and definitely fills a niche in my collection I didn't know I had." - Dan

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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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