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Sgian Dubh and Pendant with Culloden Bog Oak and Caithness Greenstone

Sgian Dubh and Pendant with Culloden Bog Oak and Caithness Greenstone
We had the pleasure of crafting a custom Sgian Dubh and pendant for Kilian after he and Franzi visited us to discuss a commission. The handle was carved with with our Celtic Knotwork and Thistle design in Culloden Bog Oak, which has been carbon dated to approx 4200 years old. As someone with an eye for steel and blade quality, he chose a unique blade that had been hand-made by our friend and talented blade-smith, Chris Grant from a piece of ‘Becut’, Stainless Steel with added Niobium.
Kilian also asked us to create a complementary pendant as an anniversary gift for his wife Franzi. The pendant was made in Sterling Silver and set with Culloden Bog Oak carved with Celtic Knotwork. It had a centre stone of Caithness Greenstone which was cut from the same piece of stone as the Sgian Dubh’s pommel stone by our friend skilled stone cutter, Renato Forno at Scottish Gemstones.
Kilian kindly emailed us:
“Well what can I say, I love both pieces. The Sgian Dubh is excellent with its Culloden bog oak handle, which feels absolutely great holding it, and the blade is extremely sharp, which makes the Sgian Dubh a really useful piece of art and craftsmanship. The matching pendant also with Culloden bog oak and the same piece of Caithness Greenstone like in the pommel of the Sgian Dubh is beautiful too…
On Sunday I was finally able to give Franzi the pendant on the occasion of our wedding anniversary. The surprise was perfect! She is absolutely happy with it and said it is as gorgeous as in her memories.” Continue reading

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Unique Isle of Arran Wedding Rings in Titanium

Unique Isle of Arran Wedding Rings in Titanium
We created this pair of unique wedding rings for Emily & Gavin’s wedding which took place on the Isle of Arran. The rings were crafted from Aerospace Grade Titanium and engraved with the Arran skyline using a photo of the island as a design guide. Emily’s ring had a smooth, highly polished finish whereas Gavin’s ring was sandblasted and heat treated before engraving.
We received a lovely email from the couple;
“Gavin and I wanted our wedding rings to be unique and have some personal meaning to us. We have always liked Celtic designs, and while googling “Celtic wedding rings” we came across Rab and Tanya’s rings. We had never seen anything like them! We both have a big love of the outdoors, and the rings with mountain engravings really impressed us. We chose the Isle of Arran as our engravings because Arran is where our wedding was held, and the outline of Arran is one we were both familiar with as Gavin grew up across the water from Arran. So not a Celtic design after all, but something very meaningful. We love our rings !” Continue reading

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Sgian Dubh with Bog Oak handle, New Zealand Jade Pommel and Dutch Damascus Blade

Monique commissioned us to create a special Sgian Dubh as a gift for Iain to accompany the kilt pin we previously crafted for him. The Sgian Dubh was designed to bring together three key elements to reflect Scotland (Iain’s family), … Continue reading

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Viking Dragons Wedding Rings in Titanium

Viking Dragon Wedding Rings in Titanium
Jessica and Norry asked us to craft a pair of bespoke Titanium wedding rings to feature Viking Dragon heads, Celtic Knotwork, a Thistle and a Shamrock to symbolise their combined heritages. It was great working with them both to encapsulate their ideas and create a design that they were both delighted with. When working with Titanium, we have a variety of finishing options that we can achieve. Both Jessica and Norry chose a natural, polished finish which complimented the design beautifully.
The couple kindly emailed to let us know once the rings had arrived:
‘Our rings arrived today and they are absolutely perfect! Thank you so much again for everything!’ Continue reading

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Antler, Bog Oak and Damascus Sgian Dubh

Antler, Bog Oak and Damascus Sgian Dubh
We crafted this Sgian Dubh for Chad from California using local Stag Horn, 4200 year old Bog Oak from the Culloden area, a Damascus steel blade and a leather sheath. He kindly emailed when it arrived;
Hi Rab! My sgian dubh arrived safely in California today! I’m very happy with it. Beautiful work, pictures don’t do it justice! She’s a welcome addition to my knife collection!
Many thanks! Chad Continue reading

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Stac Pollaidh Wedding Rings

Mountain Wedding Rings in Argentium Silver
Roxane and Gearóid asked if we would create their bespoke wedding rings featuring the skyline of Stac Pollaidh along with some Celtic Knotwork. The mountain, Stac Pollaidh is in the North West Scottish Highlands and has a special significance to the couple so we based the design upon a sketch which Roxane made of the skyline of the ridge.
As the rings were to be in Sterling Silver we suggested that we make them from Argentium Silver which is a type of Sterling Silver that is more robust and tarnish resistant.
The couple kindly emailed when their rings arrived; “We picked our rings from the post office depot today – they are fantastic, we are absolutely delighted!!!
Thanks again for everything!” Continue reading

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Sgian Brew & Kilt Pin Set with Turquoise

Sgian Brew & Kilt Pin Set with Turquoise
This unique Sgian Brew & Kilt Pin set was made for Matthew.
The handle is carved from 4200 year old Bog Oak and we diamond-engraved the bottle opener / safety blade. The fittings and kilt pin are Sterling Silver. He asked if we could use Turquoise for his commission and we were very fortunate in that our friend Nat at Scottish Gemstones had some available and made it possible to provide the pommel and kilt pin. Matthew kindly emailed us when they arrived;
“Thank you so much. They look absolutely fantastic!” Continue reading

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