DECORATIVE SOUVENIR WEAPONS
To what period of time does the tradition of gifting weapons belong? It is not known for certain. But it seems that this happened a long time ago. Old Russian chronicles brought to us the story of a gift that the Byzantines made to Prince Svyatoslav. They presented gold, precious stones, but the prince remained indifferent to these gifts. But, when they presented the weapon as a gift, the prince accepted them favorably and with all honors. Other facts of history are also known about this. In ancient Rome, even before BC. there was such a tradition. This tradition has not lost its value and popularity today. Now decorative souvenir weapons are a prestigious gift in the highest circles, and at any celebrations. It is intended to impress the gifted people and emphasize the significance of the gift itself.
Many craftsmen around the world are working on this type of souvenir products, giving it special splendor. It is produced by arms factories, workshops and small enterprises. Some enterprises produce non-military weapons. These are various copies, models of weapons of different times. Other enterprises specialize in the production of souvenir designs. They are produced on a massive scale, and have no historical and cultural value. Products created in single copies by experienced craftsmen are more than a gift. They represent a national treasure.
Among all the souvenir products of this segment, the most popular are items belonging to a certain historical era or associated with films and heroes. Exemplary items in exclusive gift wrapping are also in demand, featuring an exclusive design. Decorative souvenir weapons differ from the combat ones in their appearance and functionality. All replicas and fake pieces are made for aesthetic pleasure, and therefore emphasis is placed on their external qualities. Such weapons are made using various methods: forging, engraving, varnishing, jewelry, etc. Often, expensive species of wood, metals, as well as expensive stones are used. An example of such a sample is the replica of a saber belonging to Tamerlan, which was made by the masters of one of the enterprises of the city of Zlatoust in the Urals.
In addition to beauty in souvenir copies, the accuracy of their execution is appreciated. Masters of the manufacture of weapons take all the data from the originals of historical samples, taking into account not only the colorful design, but also observing the long-standing traditions and national character of the country to which they make weapons. It is worth noting that souvenir designs are in completely different price categories. With mass circulations, these are small prices that can suit a certain category of consumers. There are copies that cost millions of rubles, and for the manufacture of which the craftsmen spend years. For example, the price of a saber manufactured by the Kubachinsky Silver enterprise is 2 million rubles.
The manufacture of decorative souvenir weapons comes from “non-weapon” materials, and the devices used to shoot are removed from firearms. In the case of a blade weapon, the material from which it is made does not have the necessary hardness, or the blade is not attached tightly to the handle. This makes it impossible to hit. People of business, collectors, history buffs, theater and film studio employees acquire decorative souvenir weapons. And just lovers of weapons related to a certain historical period, country, heroes of events and eras are fascinated by him. The city of Toledo and its famous weapons, which are valued throughout the world, are especially popular.