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Tag Archives: Sgian Dubh
A Sgian Dubh for the Commanding Officer of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
This Sgian Dubh was commissioned for a presentation to the Commanding Officer of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
It has an RSS badge inlaid into an African Blackwood handle carved in the regimental style with added brass pins and ferrules. The top ferrule holds a beautiful pommel stone cut by Nat Forno from a pebble found by Black Watch soldiers on the beach at their regimental headquarters at Fort George.
We engraved the blade on both sides with inscriptions detailing the presentation and embossed the sheath with the CO’s initials. Continue reading
Dave’s friends commissioned us to make this custom Sgian Dubh for his wedding. He sent us an email when he received it which he has very kindly allowed us to post: Continue reading
We made this very special set of Sgian Dubhs for a recent wedding. The groom supplied some Scottish Yew which he had felled himself, we used this for the handles and topped them with a pair of Tayside Amethyst pommel stones. Continue reading
Sgian Dubh with Aberdeenshire Granite Pommel Stone Set on Ebony Handle with Sterling Silver and Damascus Steel
We received a very nice email from Mark when his Sgian Dubh arrived;
“The sgian dubh arrived in yesterday’s post. It’s more than a fine
accessory, it’s a work of art. I’ll almost feel guilty shoving it in
my sweaty hose top!……
Regards, Mark” Continue reading
Sgian Dubh with Swedish Damasteel Blade, African Blackwood Handle, Silver Fittings With Custom Engraving, and Natural Cairngorm Pommel Stone.
I made this custom Sgian Dubh with the motto, ‘Strength & Honour’ cut into the ferrule.
Paul, who commissioned this had kindly allowed us to reprint his email; Continue reading
Here’s a Sgian Dubh I made using a piece of stag horn (antler) we were given by our local gamekeeper. The end caps are Ebony and the blade is Sheffield made in 420 Stainless Steel. Jim, from California, who commissioned it has kindly allowed us to publish the email he sent when he received it;
“My Sgian Dubh arrived today Saturday, and I am delighted! I have to admit that the craftsmanship is even better than I expected.
The handle looks as though it belongs to the blade. A perfect feel in my hand. Thank you again Rab, Jim” Continue reading
We’ve just completed this complimentary set which was a special commission for Bill and Kay consisting of a Sgian Dubh, two brooches and a kilt pin. Portsoy Red Serpentine is mounted on the Sgian Dubh, kilt pin and one brooch while the other brooch features the Burghead Pictish bull. All of the metalwork apart from the Damascus Sgian Dubh blade are solid Sterling Silver and are Hallmarked in Edinburgh to our own maker’s mark, ‘LNS’ (Loch Ness Silver).
This has been a lovely opportunity to work with Bill and Kay on designing and making a very unique set. Continue reading
Here’s a Sgian Dubh commission with a distinct Pictish flavour.
The Sterling Silver plate inlaid into the smooth, wax-polished bog oak handle is engraved with a Z-rod and double disk design inspired by an item found in the Norrie’s Law hoard. The lower ferrule band is engraved with the Ardross Wolf, the broken carved stone which we based this design on is currently in Inverness Museum.
The blade is Damascus, diamond-engraved with initials and the pommel stone is Jade. Continue reading
Sgian Dubh with a Sterling Silver blade and clan crest set in an Ebony handle with Tayside Amethyst pommel
Ann commissioned this special Sgian Dubh for her husband, Alan’s birthday. They have kindly allowed us to quote from their emails…. Continue reading
Here’s a recently completed commission we made for Bryan, his brothers and his son.
The handles are carved from an Isle of Jura Whisky barrel and are inlaid with Sterling Silver clan and regimental crests. The blades are of Damascus steel and each individual’s initials are engraved on the lower silver ferrule band. The Pommels were of Fife Red Jasper and we provided a brooch from Nat at Scottish Gemstones with a matching stone.
Bryan kindly sent us his description of these Sgian Dubhs;
“Superb priceless sgian dubhs that will be worn with pride and honour.” Continue reading
Here’s a recent commission featuring the engraving of a pair a Pictish Wolves and the letter ‘S’ upon a Damascus blade. It’s very hard to photograph the diamond point engraving – it’s clear when it catches the light but otherwise doesn’t detract from the natural blade pattern so we have to angle the blade just right to catch it. The wolf design is recreated from a broken carved Pictish stone currently at Inverness Museum but originally from Ardross.
We were emailed the following quote;
“Stunning sgian dubh! Rab worked with me to get exactly what I needed and the custom engraving is amazing.” Continue reading
Here’s an unusual and very special commission, the handle is made from a whale tooth which was recovered by our customer from the carcass of a beached sperm whale. The back of the handle and the box are made from 5300 year old bog oak. The blade is made from Swedish Damasteel from the foundry we visited earlier in the year. On the lid of the box is an Iona Marble pebble found by the son, set in Sterling Silver and engraved with a personal message.
This was a very unusual and challenging project for me; however I enjoyed working with our customer to develop and shape his design and ideas and I’m very happy with the way it all came together.
Here’s a very interesting commission I undertook for David, a Geologist from Canada, who wished to a have a Sgian Dubh made with an obsidian blade (obsidian being a volcanic glass) and incorporate a pommel stone from his family’s ancestral croft.
We were fortunately able to have a knapped obsidian blade made to my drawing by Tony Stanfield in Oregon and incorporate that into an Ebony handle I carved with a cross-hatch weave. I sent this down to a skilled leather worker, Terry Osborne in Northumberland who made a lovely leather sheath, wet molded to perfectly fit the knapped blade.
For the pommel stone, on a lovely summer’s day we took a family outing and visited the old croft at Caphluich, Tarvie which was built by David’s great-great-great-grandfather around 1800, although sadly now it’s just ruins. We sent a small rock from there to Renato Forno at Scottish Gemstones who cut and polished it to fit our Sterling Silver ferrule top band which was hallmarked with our maker’s mark at the Edinburgh Assay Office.
I fitted the lower ferrule band which I had engraved with a Celtic knot design and finished the handle off with silver pins to the front only for sake of comfort when worn against the leg. This has been a lovely collaborative project to work on and David has kindly allowed us to publish the email he sent when he received his Sgian Dubh;
“It is with great joy that I announce the arrival of SGRS16 to its new home in Canada! …I turned it over in my hands smiling the while. I slid off the black wet-formed sheath to expose the black blade (black in reflected light!) I held the blade up to the light and joy of joys, there is a powerful striped texture to the depth of the blade. The ebony handle is comfortable to the hand, the seven pins handily identify the front of the haft, and the carved ebony just adds to the overall effect. Rab, my sgian dubh is nothing short of magnificent!
Thank you so much… Cheers, David” Continue reading
“Rab & Tanya, I have just received the Sgian Dubh, it’s absolutely exceeded all my expectations. My wife Fiona loves the Iona set stone in the bog oak handle. The Damascus blade is stunning, I shall treasure this and always wear it with pride. Once more thank you so very much for a job well done, excellent workmanship. Kind regards, Andrew” Continue reading
Just finished this one of a kind Sgian Dubh commission. It features a 15 PARA Regimental Crest as well as USA Army Parachute Wings. The handle and sheath are made from bog oak which is approx 4300 year old and the ferrules and blade are all solid Sterling Silver. Continue reading