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Category Archives: Sgian Brews
Here’s a couple of the prototype Sgian Brew ‘blades’ shown in a previous post made into Sgian Brews – finished just in time for some testing over Hogmanay….
The handles are carved from Glenlivet whisky barrel with brass and Sterling silver fittings.The right hand version was custom engraved with a personal inscription. Continue reading
Here’s 3 new Sgian Brew ‘blades’ for our safety / bottle opener Sgians.
These are prototypes of our own exclusive designs and we’re looking for feedback before having a larger batch made.
From left to right are:
1: The old style cast Stainless Steel generic opener which we’ve been using which doesn’t have much room for engraving.
2 and 3: New styles with and without a taper on the blade section, these would also need to be worn without a sheath.
4: A different style which is more blade shaped and fits into one of our existing sheaths.
The new designs are 3mm throughout their width – so there’s no sharp or even thin edge which could be sharpened.
We developed the ‘Sgian Brew’ some years ago when it started getting more difficult to travel or gain entry to some places while wearing the traditional Sgian Dubh.
I often find that a bottle opener is pretty useful on the occasions that I’m wearing my kilt anyway !
Which one is your favorite ? Do you have any suggestions ? Continue reading
Here’s a very unusual ‘Sgian Brew’ we made as a one off special commission.
The emblem is in Sterling Silver, inlaid into Ebony. Continue reading
I made this Sgian Brew as a special commission with a carved Bog Oak handle and a Sterling Silver ferrule band engraved with Pictish wolves. It’s owner sent me the following;
“Hi Rab, I just received your Sgian Brew. It’s the second I’ve had and your workmanship just gets better and better. This one is going on a hook on my bar so that it can’t wander during a party. No more hunt the bottle opener. It has already been much admired… perhaps it should have a chain and lock on it rather than a leather string. Thanks again for a beautifully made piece of art.” Continue reading
“Just a message to let you know I received the sgian dubh yesterday. I’m chuffed to bits with the result. I think leaving the blade plain was the right decision, the finish on the Damascus steel looks amazing. I’m was also pleasantly surprised by just how nice the sheath is, I had expected it to be thinner. It has a very substantial qualitative feel to it. I’d just like to say thanks again, I am very impressed by both the craftsmanship and quality of service I received.” Continue reading
This ‘Sgian Brew’ was carved from an Isle of Jura Whisky barrel, above. When I lived there we fed our cattle on the draft from the distillery. I’ll need to return to the island to get some more !
Customer comments below;
“Just to let you know that the above arrived safe and sound in today’s post. The Sgian Brew is even more attractive ‘in the flesh’ than it was on your website, and I’m very pleased with the engraving. I know my husband will love it.”