Sahibabad: On the outskirts of New Delhi, in a cramped concrete workshop where the air shimmers with the light of welding torches, a young Indian businessman has become a master craftsman of Napoleonic swords.
And medieval chain mail armor. And World War II hand grenades and helmets.
From Hollywood war movies to Japanese Samurai films to battle re-enactments across Europe, Ashok Rai, 31, is one of the world's go-to men for historic weapons and battle attire.
From Hollywood war movies to Japanese Samurai films, 31-year-old Ashok Rai deals in all kinds of historic weapons.
Rai's workshop reverberates with the sounds of metal being hammered and beaten into chain mail, swords, axes, muskets, sabers, spears and helmets.