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Q: Do you carry original European swords?

A: Rarely, and usually not very old. Swords from the Middle Ages can be worth hundreds of thousands to millions, because demand is high and supplies low. Axes, armor, and other accessories are far cheaper.

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Q: Where do your handle materials come from?

A: Our woods are all ranch-raised or recovered lumber. Our bone, horn and antler come from several sources. We get natural shed horns from preserves and the wild, from animals legally hunted in season, from which we also use the hide, and the hunters eat the meat. We don’t believe in wasting anything. We also have a source from a ranch that raises cougars in captivity, and has an unlimited hunting license for non-endangered game to feed their animals. Our ivory is either fossil ivory (at least 10,000 years old), which has the nicest colors and textures, is antique ivory with proper Federal paperwork, or is ivory from Botswana which is hunted under strict government and native tribal council laws. These animals are used to feed villages, manufacture native goods, pay hunting fees to support the San Bushmen tribes and provide tourism income, and are sold legally with proper paperwork. Please do not send us your own ivory to use without checking with us first, as unpapered ivory cannot legally be shipped, and you will put us in an awkward situation.

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For those who want the utmost environmental concern, we also have a selection of beautifully grained North American woods (maple, walnut, birch, etc) and some marvelous imitation ivories and pearls that have a great look and feel. We can make scabbards of wood, metal, or plastics for those who prefer them to leather.

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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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