Two weeks ago, on a visit to the Beretta factory in Gardone, Italy, I was lucky enough to see the engravers at their benches in a quiet studio filled with natural light. Master engraver Luca Casari even showed me how to handle a hammer and chisel. On a block of steel, I made a gouge, another gouge, then a short, straight line. When you do get the angle right, the tools cut through steel easily, but still, it’s incredible to me that people can actually draw ducks or tiny rose scrollwork on metal. Based on my gouge-gouge-line I might be able to do Morse code messages on a gun, but that would be about it.