Modern Arms Art in Russia throws back to more than 20 years. Still, it’s quite difficult to figure out general standards of the artistic approach applied in this field and attach it to definite patterns of art areas. Of course, it is because this art niche is quite new and hasn’t developed its main features yet.
History of Russian arms art began in 1595 when tsar Fyodor I Ivanovich made Tula’s (Russian city) blacksmiths make arms for the country and cut local taxes. Later, in the 19th and well into the early 20th centuries special naval dirks, which were a vivid example of designed weapon, used to be a part of admiral, general, officers and midshipmen uniform. Most naval dirks were worn first and foremost on dress occasions and were not meant for use in battle. After the October Revolution in Russia the rules concerning weapons changed greatly, but the tradition of having dirks remained unchanged. Daggers became popular in the 20th century as uniform regalia through the period of the Fascist dictatorships in Mussolini's Italy and Hitler's Germany. Dress daggers were used in armies of some other countries as well, e.g. Japan, but they never were as those worn by the Military and Political bodies of the Third Reich. As combat equipment they were carried during the Second World War.