The dagger is interesting in a few of its details. The ornate oriental pattern of the blade and hilt creates an unforgettable rich image. Wide, straight blade of graphite-colored damask steel contrasts perfectly with the gold ornament. Such decoration of the dagger became possible thanks to the skills in the technique of the 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 Emperor Alexander I.
Each gift dagger of the masters of Zlatoust is a vivid example of handmade and inspired collective creativity. Weapon makers, artists and engravers worthily keep and develop the Zlatoust traditions of metal decoration. When creating each item, they combine talent, creativity and a high level of performance.