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Indian businessman is weapons maker for Hollywood

Thursday - 6/14/2012, 12:03pm  ET

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In this, June 2, 2012 photograph, Delhi businessman Ashok Rai, weapons and attire maker of war movies set from the 10th century to World War II, poses with helmets from different periods and a body armor at his workshop in Sahibabad, India. From Hollywood war movies to Japanese Samurai films to battle re-enactments across Europe, Rai is one of the world's go-to men for historic weapons and battle attire. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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SAHIBABAD, India (AP) - 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.

Rai's workshop reverberates with the sounds of metal being hammered and beaten into chain mail, swords, axes, muskets, sabers, spears and helmets.


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