Merkel employs 6 engravers – each and every one a specialist in his trade. Engravers pass through a classical apprenticeship and then many years of vocational adjustment, until they are ready for all-round deployment in the manufactory. Nevertheless, every engraver is a specialist in his images – there are masters of arabesque patterns with stylised tendrils and masters of animal motives. They work on a rotating vice. With graver, chisel and hammer they decorate the metal parts of the Merkel rifles with delicate filigree work. The artistry of the decoration is achieved by a combination of colour case hardening, engraving, stock carving and inlay work, right through to the hand engraved signature.