The blacksmiths at the HMB tournament are one of the most important specialists! All representatives of the HMB movement know this, and the high-quality and fast work of such a specialist is priceless.
The World Championship in HMB “Battle of the Nations” has always been famous for cooperation with such professionals. This year, many fighters had the opportunity to get acquainted with the blacksmith Fedor Pushkarev and his team. Their work was in demand at the Championship as always.
“We were working five days from 08.00 a.m. to 7.00-8.00 p.m. at “Battle of the Nations”-2018. The first day at the admission, later at the admission and repair of weapons and armor. Our repair point was in a great demand. On the first day at the admission, we were always sawing off excess parts from weapons and rounded out the sharp parts. Next four days – the knees, the elbows, the hilt of the shields and the overpowering of the darkness of the axes and halberds were most often muffled, and there were situations when there were several fighters at the same time needed our help as quickly as possible. Especially before the mass battles”.
However, according to Fedor, there were more serious failures. For example, the guys were repairing a pierced element of armor or rescuing a fighter who broke his one and only shield. Thanks to diligence and the high level of skills, the blacksmiths coped with their work, and the athletes went in the lists confident in their safety.
“After “Battle of the Nations” we had an impression that our team became a part of the truly great event, and when it was possible to watch the battles from the rostrum, it was very worthwhile to see how the fighters fought halberds that you had just repaired and strengthened with your own hands. As well as a lot of impressions and interesting acquaintances, thanks to the rescued fighters, whose armor and weapons were repaired, and I also learned to understand the technical task for repairs in all languages of the world or just gestures”.
In gratitude for the fast and high-quality work, the fighters presented blacksmiths small souvenirs. Fedor and his team became the owners of memorable presents from all over the world and he remembers these guys with pleasure. The smith also admitted that he would like to take part in “Battle of the Nations” again and even expand the range of services:
“There is an understanding of how to improve the point of repair of armor and weapons, there is a desire to take out both a master class forge and a souvenir shop. There is a willingness to participate as a partner, to help with technical and information resources in organizing the Championship”.
Additionally, Fedor mentioned the fact that due to “Battle of the Nations”-2018 he had many friends from all over the world. Being the first time at the World Championship in HMB, he admitted that the atmosphere of friendship and unity under the flag of the common fascination just shocked him!
We hope to meet again these cheerful, industrious, skilful guys at the World Championship in HMB “Battle of the Nations”-2019 and other tournaments next year.