Zlatoust steel engraving first emerged as the art of cold steel the arms decoration at the beginning of the 19th century. The methods employed by the master craftsmen from the well-known German arms centers of the day such as Solingen and Klingenthal were quickly adopted by the artist-engravers of the small Ural town, and they started decorating cold steel arms in their own original style.
Initially the arms themselves and their quality certainly played a key role, whereas their ornament served to point out unique properties of the steel blades, that is, it was all along of an applied nature. However, as early as the middle of the century, in addition to traditional dress swords, broadswords and sabers, the Zlatoust Arms Factory started decorating such household items and gifts as panels, caskets, boxes, chests, and trays. By skillfully using the properties of metal, the artists achieved a rich range of tones that impart exceptional elegance to the products. Even at that time precious metals as well as precious and semiprecious stones which were also skillfully used in decoration, permitted the Zlatoust workshops to win fame far outside their own province.
The Zlatoust masters have succeeded not only in keeping up the unique traditions of manufacturing damask steel but also in preserving the authentic ways of its decoration. More than 50 workshops function in the city now and upon an initiative of the regional authorities they have merged most of their activities into one craftsmen guild. The Trade Mark ZLATOUST on engravers’ products has grown to become a quality guarantee and a trademark for presenting their products at international fairs and exhibitions.
Website at: www.zlatmasters.ru
Address: Karl Marx Street, 26, Zlatoust, Chelyabinsk Region, Russian Federation, 456207
Phone: +7(3513) 67-85-77
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