Dagestan used to be the centre of making weapons some time ago. It was even called “the weapon smithy” of the Caucasus. But the situation has changed considerably. Good masters still live there but the craft is on the verge of extinction.
Such drawings are first to be made. Each pattern, each smallest detail is to worked out down to a millimetre.
This man is a father of several sons. The craft of weapons making is inherited in this family from grandfather to father, from father to sons. But unfortunately young men of the family are getting more and more interested in iPhones and TV, long hard work with tools does not seem attractive anymore. Besides, such masters do not earn much.
Stick with a secret.
Applying patterns. This work is hard as hell.
Thin wire is hammered into the wood.
This man makes guns and rifles.
Isn’t it wonderful?
It’s no way fake but a fully functioning mechanism.
This thing is used for gunpowder storage.
The shop in Kizlyar where knives are made. Practically no manual labor, no stamping.
Works of this blacksmith are valued several times higher.
Making ornaments on blades.
Texts, labels and images are applied to blades with laser.