Form 'S" hooks to "J' hooks to other things asked to make. Sometimes one or two. Other times several. This is where general items are. Special things will be by themselves found with these pages.

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These 'J' Hooks are for the top of pin.spike poles. Depending on the size of metal stock and what is wanted depends on the pricing of such items. These here are for slim poles simple round stock and about 8 inches length

Marlin spike with 'fern' curl handle and 'bodkin' point $15.00 +S/H&I

Marlin Spike for helping with knots and rope splicing. $10.00 +S&H&I


Marlinspike (pronounced /ˈmɑrlɨnspaɪk/, sometimes marlin spike, marlinespike, or the archaic marlingspike) is a tool used in ropework for tasks such as unlaying rope for splicing, untying knots, or forming a makeshift handle. A marlinspike is a polished cone tapered to a rounded or flattened point, usually 6 to 12 inches long, although sometimes 26" or longer, depending on what ply and size of rope they are intended for. The marlinspike is a tool made from metal, usually iron or steel, differentiating it from the fid which is similar in shape and function but made from wood or bone. The marlinspike may be a separate tool or one item on a pocket knife.

Sailors who become quite proficient at knot tying, sewing, and use of the marlinspike can be known as marlin spikes, or marlin spike seamen. The body of knowledge that includes knotting and splicing is called marlinespike seamanship.


For splicing, the marlinspike is inserted into laid rope and levers open a strand to form a hole, thereby allowing larger items to be inserted into the lay.

Marlinspikes may be required to untie knots that tighten up under tension. A very tight knot becomes impossible to pick apart without the spike, which may be slipped between the various pieces of line.

Used in conjunction with a marlinspike hitch, the spike can form a handle to comfortably produce more tension on a rope than by gripping with the hand alone.


The word marlinspike comes from the verb "to marl", which refers to the practice of "marling", or winding small diameter twine called marline onto larger ropes. The fish marlin is named after the marlinspike.


They were pointed iron or steel hand tools carried by deck hands (Boatswain’s Mates particularly.) Normally no shorter than 6 inches and no longer than 18, marline spikes are used in various shipboard tasks including separating the strands of heavy rope lines and prying open diverse shipboard containers. Marlinespikes were also used as hammers, paint-chippers, eating utensils, tea and coffee-stirrers, and to repair sails.
Although very useful and invaluable tools for maintaining a ship in the age of sail, they also made excellent weapons. Made of hard, durable materials and fashioned to a point they hade either good blunt instruments good for cracking a skull or as an impromptu dagger.

"S" hooks are the friend of all those who wish to hang some thing from small to large, from short to lengthy. These items are usually priced as they are made. By batches or one at a time when needs to be just so. Simple to fancy as one wishes to make them.

square stock heavy use pokie thingy for stab and eat it or the hair stick form defense school. with three twists and a curled end.

Thank you for showing the pen with this item. It is so hard to truly judge the item being shown if there isn't a reference point...
I do try to use scale things for size sometimes it is just a tape measure. Other time is what at hand have. Then again the mind does forget to do so as well when at a show and just making things.

A fish hook is a device for catching fish either by impaling them in the mouth or, more rarely, by snagging the body of the fish. Fish hooks have been employed for centuries by fishermen to catch fresh and saltwater fish. In 2005, the fish hook was chosen by Forbes as one of the top twenty tools in the history of man. Fish hooks are normally attached to some form of line or lure device which connects the caught fish to the fisherman. There is an enormous variety of fish hooks in the world of fishing. Sizes, designs, shapes, and materials are all variable depending on the intended purpose of the fish hook. Fish hooks are manufactured for a range of purposes from general fishing to extremely limited and specialized applications. Fish hooks are designed to hold various types of artificial, processed, dead or live baits (bait fishing); to act as the foundation for artificial representations of fish prey (fly fishing); or to be attached to or integrated into other devices that represent fish prey (lure fishing)

The fish hook or similar device has probably been around man for many thousands of years. Examples of some of the earliest recorded fish hooks were from Palestine about 7000 BC. Man has crafted fish hooks from all sorts of materials to include wood, animal and human bone, horn, shells, stone, bronze, iron up to present day materials. In many cases, hooks were created from multiple materials to leverage the strength and positive characteristics of each material. Norwegians as late as the 1950s still used juniper wood to craft Burbot hooks. Quality steel hooks began to make their appearance in Europe in the 17th century and hook making became a task for professionals.

MORE 'S' hooks just a few at MayFaire

I do get asked to make things. How about a Harpoon  done in 1/2 square stock this point will be the second asked for in MI.BEWARE LAND WHALES......Ther she waddles!!!!

Did up 7 Gravity hooks. That is  a simple way of saying that these go around a pole and what it hung from them pulls down to cause them to catch hold onto the pole and stay there. Did them in three diffrent sized square stock here are three of them in process.

Upon the last show another wanted to see how to work hot metal. In doing so the idea of tent stakes came to be talked of and shown to make. They designed and brought their idea to the show this idea is a simple iron pipe with a pin through it so one can have a pre set length jug to bend tent stakes with.  In the creation process the round pipe was heated and 'squared' to fit in the hardy hole. and the cross pin set. Two depths were made. And in the doing of a set of two was created. For the help a second set was made and given as well for the help in hot metal manipulation.

made for a tent pole with a spike on it to hang stuff from. Or used at a tent doorway for lantern. We use it with another to hang a pole across and make a necklace rack.  But could also be used for clothing hangers.



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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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