Zlatoust production technology and special gold protective coatings make it possible to obtain highly durable artistic products practically not subject to the influence of time. Many craftsmen work on the creation of each example of souvenir weapons. This is a long and painstaking process. But the result is undoubtedly able to exceed even the wildest expectations. Such souvenir weapons will certainly become the central element of the collection.
The “Blessed Messenger” bebut is completely handmade. The blade is made of durable damask steel. It is decorated with a gold pattern, applied by the master using the technique of Zlatoust metal engraving. For the second century in a row, the Zlatoust metal engraving is an original and rare kind of Russian craft. It was born at the beginning of the 19th century as a way of decorating author’s edged weapons made at the Armory founded by decree of Tsar Alexander I.
All-metal scabbard and hilt are cast from a metal alloy and decorated with hand engraving. The engraver cuts metal surface with a cutter, creating patterns from the recesses. Complexity of the work is further enhanced by the fact that everything has to be done using a microscope. Then, for protection and contrast, elements are plated with nickel and gold. Nickel gives a silver color, and gold its natural gold tint.