Matthias' Mess

Auburn, New York

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Last updated on May 10, 2022

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Located in the tropical Syracuse region of NY state I have a bad habit of recreating renaissance arms and armor. As a relocated 16th reinactor from the west coast with no group I don't have a lot of use for this stuff anymore, but still love to make it. If I don't copy an item directly I'll use a variety of common period techniques to produce something.

I find all the metal I need from the scrap bin. Armor and my small scale projects don't take a lot of metal compared to what modern fabricators use. I take the scrap that would go into the crucible or blast furnace for my material. About once a month I fire the coal forge up, but compared to modern manufacturing my tiny coal fire is a lot more efficient than the enormous 220v mills and lathes (probably powered by coal electricity plants)that cut huge swathes of stock out of a solid bar. It's like cutting away parts of your clay sculpture and throwing it away when you can just push it to the desired shape.

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If you don't like it send it back within 2 weeks, but I won't pay the shipping charge unless it's a mistake on my part.

If something I make fails what it was designed for I would like to know about it and find out why it failed. If I find a design flaw I will refund all out of shear embarrassment.

If, however, it's misuse no. It's not a matter of money to me, it's a matter of suitability to the task at hand.
NY residents please add 8% sales tax. Cancel your order very quickly once you send payment to me if you change your mind because I ship ASAP. Feel free to buy anything to hold it for up to two weeks. If you need longer, email me and let me know otherwise I'll have to relist it. I'll take personal checks, and ship as soon as they clear.
Unless you want/need a different shipper, I'll probably stick with US mail. Insurance will depend on the item. Ask about shipping to your country for a cheaper quote or if I don't have a quote to your country as sometimes items won't fit into a flat rate box.
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What I am not is a swordsmith. That takes specific tooling, forges, and tempering ovens. I can however take an existing blade and rehilt it for you based on a period example.

I generally won't do a mirror polish unless it's something someone is going to eat with. I'll change my mind when I see a period non parade suit with mirror polish that wasn't messed up by the Victorians.

I can do limited custom plate armour in 22, 18, and 16 gauge mild steel at this time. I consider armour as a one-size-fits-none job with a few exceptions. For instance, some things such as helmets, cops, and shields/bucklers are easy to buy online. Some measurements will be required for most armour.

I can except a commission through Etsy. I won't charge for any special tooling that needs to be designed for the project unless it's fairly outrageous and requires construction work to the house or some such. And at $10 an hour I think I'm pretty competitive.

NB: the shop is infested with cats and they like to smoke tabacco (ok, I lie, it's actually me.)