Hi. My name is Vladimir Svechnikov. I'm an artist.
Make Your Gun & Knife Beautiful!
But first a bit of story...
In 2014, I got a professional production equipment thanks to my father (Konstantin Svechnikov). I love you father! I had no idea what to do with and how lucky I was with it. It was only in 2015 that I began to take the first steps in studying modeling, practice to writing control programs, developing designs and translating an idea into a finished product. Sound simple? Hahaha. Even after many years, I find new ways to be more productive and wonder how much I still don't know.
In 2015, in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia), I present my first product to the world public - a phone case with a carved wooden insert. This is where my craft began. In two years, I added support for over 200 different phone models. Starting from the most ancient Galaxy and ending with the most modern Apple iPhone, Huawei and so on. I deliberately removed photos from my social networks with finished works, because my product did not stand the test of time. But I gained experience, got acquainted with various types of wood, paints, protective materials, photo and video processing programs.
It was a great time to get out of my comfort zone. I quit my previous official job and devoted myself entirely to my workshop. It was quite a risky move at the time. I was married. But I was also belive that with enough effort and time, the result would exceed all expectations. If only everyone would believe in my success. I divorced my wife.
In 2017, in Moscow (Russia), I built a new workshop. I started looking for new products that I can produce. The production of children's toys did not inspire me, so I took up adult toys. Stop! It's not what you might think. I became interested in grips for firearms. So in 2018, the Gun Grips project appeared.
If very briefly. In general, it's very funny. First I found a photo of a 1911 pistol. I took rough measurements in a photo editor. I cut out three completely different designs and posted them on Etsy. Purely for fun. What was my surprise when offers rained down on me. And then I realized that this should be taken more seriously. First, there were several grips for 1911 and Beretta 92FS. I also got to know Amazon. And all this took place in a modest workshop measuring 5 square meters, in a country where only a certain category of citizens have weapons. A year later, I already knew such manufacturers as Arex, Bersa, Browning, Coonan, Colt, CZ, Hudson, Kimber, Laugo Arms, Phoenix, Rock Island, Ruger, SAR, Sig Sauer, Springfield, Star, Smith & Wesson, Tanfoglio, Taurus, Zastava and etc.
In 2021, Etsy updates its safety policy and prohibits the sale of anything related to firearms. Sad, but not deadly. I need to activate my fantasy again and adapt to this trouble. This trouble became an opportunity. So at the end of 2021, a new project based on Gun Grips appeared with the name Svechnikov Knives.
At the beginning of 2022, the war began in Ukraine. It became impossible to develop a workshop and do what I love stayed in Russia. Everything is very disgusting.
I have lived all my life in Russia. But I very keenly feel the need to connect with the whole world. I decide to move and organize my workshop in another country. The choice was made in favor of northern Europe for many personal reasons. I applied for a residence permit in Finland and received permission after two months.
In mid 2022, in Masala (Finland), I built a new workshop. Again, lol. My story is not over yet...
With best regards. Vladimir