First, a cavity is chiseled out.                                                                                Next, the edges are undercut.                                                    Then, the inlay material is inserted.                                  The soft material is then hammered so it flows into and is locked into the undercut steel

Drawing from: Abbiatico, Mario, L'Incisione delle Armi Sportive, Edizioni Artistche Italiane, 1982.


Gold ducks inlaid in a marsh scene on a Purdey shotgun by Ken Hunt.


Inlay - A form of decoration performed on firearms whereby precious metal, usually gold, is hammered into recesses in the steel surface that have been undercut at the edges so that the soft gold flows under the overlapping steel and is locked securely in place. The gold is then normally engraved, carved, and chased into the image of a game animal,or linework or lettering.



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