Unique Uzbek Knives

Unique Uzbek Knives

Pichoq is a national Uzbek knife. Traditionally it has a wide carbon steel blade grinded from one side. Its handle can be made from a horn, bone, wood or a gemstone.  It is kept in a straight leather sheath.

Pichoq is rather popular in all Central Asia, only its ornaments and proportions may vary. We are going to visit one of the shops where such knives are made.

Unique Uzbek Knives

Unique Uzbek Knives

Tools in the shop.

Unique Uzbek Knives

The main workpiece is an automobile valve. Carbon steel knives are rather expensive. They can make a knife from damask too, but the price of such product will be even higher.

Unique Uzbek Knives

Unique Uzbek Knives

After forging knives get a handle from glass fibre, plexiglas, metak, horns, bones and undergo grinding.

Unique Uzbek Knives

After polishing they are often decorated with ornaments or inscriptions.

Unique Uzbek Knives

Each knife is covered with a layer of hot paraffine.

Unique Uzbek Knives

Now they need to cool down.

Unique Uzbek Knives

Unique Uzbek Knives

Such a special brush is used to apply a sketch which will turn into a picture or an inscription.

Unique Uzbek Knives

Grindstone being used for final grinding.

Unique Uzbek Knives

Applying inscription.

Unique Uzbek Knives

The shop itself.

Unique Uzbek Knives

Ready knives.

Unique Uzbek Knives

Unique Uzbek Knives

The knives are sold as souvenirs.

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