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Comment by Dept of PMM Hall of Steel on August 9, 2009 at 6:11pm
These blades are manufactured with either a standard threaded rod tang or with our stronger flat tang. Alchem rod tanged blades can be ordered finished in any blade length from 27 inches up to the full 40 inches. We now also offer a long sword version of our flat tang blade in lengths from 38 to 42 inches with tangs up to 12 inches. These have 1 1/4 inch wide tangs. We also offer curved versions of both our rod and flat tang blades. Our Alchem blades have a maximum flex force of from 18 to 25 pounds and a flex force of from 10 to 12 pounds. If you require a specific maximum or minimum stiffness, please remember to specify this when ordering. If not specified we shall ship a blade of average stiffness. Our long blades, hilted or unhilted, are shipped with a rubber bird blunt. Additional blunts may be ordered separately.
Comment by Dept of PMM Hall of Steel on August 9, 2009 at 6:10pm
We currently provide blades for two types of fencing. Our traditional line consists of schlager and similar blades for "rapier", parry and thrust fencing. We are now producing these same quality blades in a variety of shapes to satisfy the needs of practitioners of "side sword", cut and thrust fencing. Most of our blade models may also be ordered curved. The curve is measured in inches from straight at the center of the blade. If a blade with two inches of curve were held edge up on a table with the point and shoulder of the tang touching the table top, then the back of the blade at its center would be two inches above the table. For more detailed information see the descriptions of the individual blades below.

Our blades are available with either rod or flat tangs depending on the model. Rod tangs come in a diameter of 5/16" and are threaded 6x1 metric. We began manufacturing the stronger 5/16" diameter tangs to withstand the stresses encountered in the more percussive side sword style of fencing. Our blades have a number of advantages over other commercial blades. Due to a unique double taper design our product is neither too stiff nor too whippy, providing a blade which is light enough at the tip for flexibility but with enough increasing stiffness to provide a good forte. Additionally all variants are made with a racetrack cross section to greatly extend blade life. Such a rounded edge is far more difficult to nick and simultaneously reduces damage to an opponents equipment.


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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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