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The importance of artistic engraving has grown over time based on the growing demand from the customer that demands a high level of gun engraving of a high level.
This demand has pushed the industry to develop and improve all phases of work required to meet increasingly demanding.


Toward new creations

The trend just described, i.e. the greater co-operation between customer, gunmaker and engraver with respect to the past, also led to the search for new themes and new subjects to "dress" the gun. So, from traditional game scenes or simple ornamental patterns and English scrolls, attention switched to subjects that are completely extraneous to the gun or its use, and more abstract and imaginative creations. The engraver's creativity is the key factor in this area. The engraver and the customer review previous works to make evaluations, changes and variations with regard to both arrangement and designs. What's important at this point is the engraver's skill in developing such requests to produce an attractive result that satisfies his and the customer's expectations, at a professional level. To do this requires extensive experiene not just in terms of the technical aspects, meaning the use of engraving tools, but also regards an interpretive versatility, a penchant for drawing and a good dose of imagination to create something new.


From the traditional to new trends

What han been discussed up to this point is a summary of how Italian engravings have developed over the last decade. However, we should point out that it only concerns one aspect of the engraving. In fact, many continue to prefer the classic version of the gun with a Renaissance ornamental pattern or fine English scrolls, either with small "Rose & Scrolls" or medium curls. For many, the gun remains the main "subject" and they consider the engraving only if is inserted in what is now a centuries-old tradition. I feel that this is not such an incorrect or outdated point of view: that's because everything "aesthetic" is always subject to personal tastes and that means that each person has the right to prefer one or another solution. However, even in the traditional concept, ther has been a certain increase in quality resulting from the greater needs voiced by customers. While once these works were completed mainly with the bit and hammer, now they are made with a mixed technique, with burin shading or completely with the burin. Creative Art, that also offers traditional as well as "new" engravings, has noted a transition between bit and hammer and burin works of respectively 20% and 80%, when only a decade ago these figures were reversed.