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Forging, once and for all! by Kevin R. Cashen,

The �lowdown� on smithing Anybody with more than a passing interest in knives has certainly encountered the tired old controversy of forgin…

Started by Dept of PMM Hall of Steel

0 Sep 1, 2012

Heat Treatments by Kevin R. Cashen,

Normalizing The very name of "normalizing" best describes what this operation does; it brings everything inside the steel back to a normal…

Started by Dept of PMM Hall of Steel

0 Sep 1, 2012

Forging by Kevin R. Cashen,

There are as many different ways of forging a knife as there are smiths forging them, and that is just fine. Your style of forging is what…

Started by Dept of PMM Hall of Steel

0 Sep 1, 2012

Steel Selection by Kevin R. Cashen,

With the plethora of steels available today one can easily get lost in just selecting the one to use.  Each steel has its own chemical comp…

Started by Dept of PMM Hall of Steel

0 Sep 1, 2012

Basic Metallurgy by Kevin R. Cashen,

I have assembled this page as an introduction to some of the basic metallurgy involved in bladesmithing. The starting point of any blade is…

Started by Dept of PMM Hall of Steel

0 Sep 1, 2012

The Growth of Metallurgy

By Alan W. Cramb Department of Materials Science and Engineering Carnegie Mellon University After the seven metals of antiquity: gold, silv…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

0 Jan 29, 2012

A Short History of Metals

By Alan W. Cramb Department of Materials Science and Engineering Carnegie Mellon University Process Metallurgy is one of the oldest applied…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

7 Jan 29, 2012
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A Brief Dissertation on Metals By: Frederich Von Teufel

Periodically, someone will ask the gathered group of armourers, "what steel should I use?" or "what's the difference between these two meta…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

0 Feb 23, 2011

Metalworking and the Smith

Iron is found in iron ore (rock) and the first stage of ironmaking is to extract the metal from the ore. This is best done at the place wh…

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things

0 Feb 3, 2011

Genesis of ‘ukku’: Insights from megalithic ferrous metallurgy, high-tin bronzes and Genesis of ‘ukku’: Insights from megalithic ferrou…

Started by Rev. Allen M. Drago ~ Traveler

0 Sep 15, 2010



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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.


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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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