Sword / Knife making

Sword / Knife making

Today, it is near but impossible to find an original Damascene steel sword on the market. In the spirit of remembering the tradition

 

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Mohammad Said Mansour, a 52-year-old knife maker who owns a 100-year-old workshop in Syria, says today’s youth show little interest in taking up a trade like his.
“I learnt this craft from my uncle, but today no young people want to work in this shop, even my children don’t want to be smiths,” he said. “I am the last person in Damascus who will make handmade steel knives.”
Mustafa al-Seify, 63, is the only remaining sword maker in Damascus. Behind a pile of silver and gold ornamental swords in his small shop in the Old City’s Straight Street, sits a rare and precious object: a Damascene steel sword.
According to Seify, the Damascene art of sword making died with the invention of new production techniques which could mass produce cheaper swords, along with the uptake of firearms.
 
Seify makes imitation Damascene swords to sell to European and Arab tourists.

A traditional Jordanian handmade bedouin Dagger, locally called Khanjar or Sheb-ri-yeh. It's handmade by one of the Jordanian family who are well known when it comes to making the Bedouin khanjars. In Jordan, virtually every bedouin man carries a khanjar on his waist, specially the Badia Guards. Also it's used when dancing by men to show their courage and also by women to show their honor & dignity.


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