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Knives-making art

Pichak - this is the name of a traditional knife in Uzbekistan. The knife has characteristic features - a straight and wide blade with excellent blade quality and a handle made by hand and made with special inspiration.

The best knives are made in two ancient cities of Uzbekistan – in Chust (Namangan region) and Shakhrikhan (Andijan region). Chust and Shakhrikhan knives are considered legendary, their strength and beauty are great, highly valued by collectors and chefs not only in Uzbekistan, but also around the world.

The history of the Chust knife began in the VIII century BC. Already in those days the craftsmen began to produce in the Chust knife and skullcaps. Until the XV century, knives were produced exclusively in this city, so the whole world knows about them. Chust is the cradle of this craft, the secrets of making knives for several centuries remain unchanged and are passed from generation to generation.

Usually, masters pay great attention to sharpening the knife blade, bringing it to perfection. The process is time-consuming. Before a shapeless piece of metal turns into ringing steel, the master must perform several masterly operations. On the blade of the knife is always put a corporate seal indicating the city of Chust. The master makes the handle of the knife with a special approach, carefully selecting the material, thinking over the design solution. The handle of the knife can be made of real bull's horn, ivory or deer bone, can be decorated with silver or colored precious stones, can have a pattern, various fragments and ornaments. An incredibly beautiful and elegant knife in Uzbekistan is called "guldor pichok".

Shakhrikhan knives are also known all over the world and are highly valued. The city has the whole family dynasty to create knives, they call them here "pichokchi". There are many open workshops where anyone can see the process of preparing a knife and choose a suitable one. From here, knives are delivered all over Uzbekistan and sold as a high-quality product.

For such knives, you need to take good care of them. Keep it in a scabbard, wipe it dry and give it only to professionals for sharpening, because such knives for the Uzbek people as a talisman and protection for the house are part of the national culture.

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