Igor Pampuha Custom Wootz Knives
Igor Pampuha is a third generation blacksmith and one of the best in Russia. He is one of only a handful of people in the world that is familiar with Bulat or Wootz steel and how to make a true reproduction. Mr. Pampuha's work has been featured in the Armoury Chamber of the Moscow Kremlin Museums and the Museum of Bladed Weapons in St. Petersburg. Wootz steel was originally discovered by the South Indians/Sri Lankans around 600 BC and once the Arabs introduced Wootz steel to the city of Damascus, the rest was history. Wootz steel was widely considered the finest steel in the world until the art of making it was lost around 1700.