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There is a beautiful atmosphere in the old part of the town of Komotini. Especially in the old market, where you can find dozens of tiny little shops selling anything you can imagine and more and dozens little workshops, mostly smithies.

One of the smallest shops, but at the same time one of the most popular is the workshop of Mr. Mestan Ahmet, in the photo. The last traditional knifemaker in Komotini and one of the last in the whole Greece (there are a few left in Crete, where a traditional knife is considered a great gift and a great souvenir for the visitors).

Everyday, when I passed outside Mr, Ahmet's workshop he invited me for a cup of coffee and a cigarette and we had long and interesting discussions! He taught me a lot about Komotini, but he taught me even more with his kindness. The first time he invited me for coffee, he asked me, how I like my coffee. I said "sweet". After 1-2 seconds of akwardness he asked me: "Greek coffee?". "Turkish", I replied and we both laughed. (About the stupid debate between Greeks and Turks about the name of the coffee, I have written before, in my "Greek or Turkish? Whatever!" photo). Then he picked up the phone and called to the coffee shop. The only words that I understood were "Cok sekerli"!

Then he asked me: "Do you know how many years I work in this hole? 48! since I was kid, with my father and my grandfather". Mr Ahmet will be retired in a year, he doesn't have a son to teach him the job, only 2 daughters, so probably, this is the last year that his workshop will stay open.

*WORKSHOP 1*: Diferent take, horizontal framing.

*WORKSHOP 2*: Close up to the hands.

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