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Isle of Jura Sgian Dubh with Dramascus Blade

Rab has been making Sgian Dubhs for well over 20 years but this one is very special and personal; it was also crafted with help from some friends.Greg Marr ( Glittering Edge ) forged the billet of ‘Dramascus’, which in … Continue reading

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Clan McLean Sgian Dubh

We had the pleasure of creating this Walnut handled Sgian Dubh for Andrew’s wedding. The Sgian Dubh features a Caithness Greenstone pommel with Brass fittings. The lower ferrule is engraved with the McLean motto “Virtue Mine Honour” whilst the leather … Continue reading

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Titanium Mountain-scape Wedding Bands

Philippa and Roddy asked us to craft this unique pair of matching Titanium wedding rings. Roddy had proposed to Philippa whilst walking on Ben Eighe so we engraved the couple’s own hand drawn skyline of the mountain-scape for them. It … Continue reading

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Restoration of WW1 Sgian Dubh

We repaired and refurbished this Sgian Dubh for Scottish author Andrew James Greig. This was worn by Andrew’s grandfather, Gordon Stewart Greig when he was wounded at Gommecourt on the first day of the battle of the Somme. Fortunately he … Continue reading

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Pictish Wedding Bands Custom Made in Titanium

We had the pleasure of designing and creating this pair of complimentary Pictish Wedding bands in Titanium specially for Catherine and Martin. Each band was engraved with specific Pictish symbols for the bride and groom with scalloped edges that flowed … Continue reading

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Pictish Kelpies Pendant in Titanium

Alex commissioned this special pendant for his wife Morna’s anniversary gift. We had previously made their wedding rings, along with a few other pieces in the intervening years.This design of the 3 Pictish Kelpies are inspired by a pair of … Continue reading

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Sgian Dubh and matching Sgian Brew from Glen Urquhart Antler

We crafted this Sgian Dubh and matching Sgian Brew for a wedding last month. Craig used his Sgian Dubh to cut his wedding cake, whilst the Sgian Brew was for his brother. The pair were made from a piece of … Continue reading

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Sgian Brew and Kilt Pin set with Danish Amber

We were delighted to be asked to make this special pair of matching Sgian Brews and Kilt Pins for Andreas and Thomas’s wedding. They were able to provide us with some lovely Danish Amber, which we asked our friend Nat … Continue reading

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Pictish Pendants Wedding Gifts in Titanium and Amethyst

Pictish Pendants Wedding Gifts in Titanium and Amethyst

We were commissioned by Isabel to design and create these unique pendants as wedding presents for Morag and Robyn whose pair of Pictish wedding rings we recently made.
The pendant design complements the rings and is engraved into Titanium, then set with beautiful Tayside Amethyst which was cut and polished for us by Scottish Gemstones. We developed the hues of the titanium to harmonise with the colours of the Amethyst.

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Custom Clan Crest Sgian Dubh in Culloden Bog Oak with Damasteel Blade and Embossed Sheath

This Sgian Dubh was custom made for Cameron’s birthday.We carved his handle from 4200 year old Culloden Bog Oak and inlaid it with a Sterling Silver insert, which we cut and engraved with his clan crest.A pommel stone was cut … Continue reading

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Titanium and Stainless Damascus Steel Celtic Knotwork Ring

We recently had the opportunity to create a ring that allowed us to explore some new possibilities. Our client requested a Titanium ring with a Stainless Steel Damascus inlay engraved with Celtic Knotwork. This was a completely new combination for … Continue reading

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Highland Oak Sgian Dubh with Family Shield Inlay

We recently finished this custom Sgian Dubh as a wedding gift from the best man to the groom. It features the groom’s family shield made from Sterling Silver and inlaid into a handle which we carved from a storm felled … Continue reading

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Pictish Wedding Rings in Blued Titanium

We were honoured to be asked to create these Pictish wedding rings for Robyn and Morag.They discussed their ideas with us and sent a sketch which we were delighted to work with to develop their concept into a very special … Continue reading

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The Invincible / Clan Graham Sgian Dubh

The Invincible / Clan Graham Sgian Dubh
We had the honour to be asked to make an exceptionally unique Sgian Dubh for Jim Nethery, Seanchaidh of the Clan Graham in the USA. Jim supplied the wood for the project from a piece of French oak recovered from the wreck of The HMS Invincible, a 74 gun warship captured from the French in 1744 and then put into service within the British Royal Navy until she ran aground and sank in the Solent in 1758. John Broomhead, the first diver to see the Invincable after 221 years on the sandy floor of the Solent in 1979, kindly provided the historic wood from his collection.
From the Invincible oak we carved the handle and sheath with a smooth, polished finish and treated with gunstock oil and wax.
We used solid Gold to make the clan crest and cross inlays, ferrules and pins.
The pommel stone is Loch Lomond Red Jasper which was cut and polished by Nat Forno of Scottish Gemstones.
The blade is Swedish Damasteel, crafted by bladesmith Chris Grant.
The presentation box was made by Karl Peet of Bespoke Craft, also from the Invincible oak and into which we made and inlaid the solid gold Clan Graham crest.
This was a wonderful project to undertake but also quite complex and time consuming and we’d like to thank Chris, Nat and Karl for their contributions and Jim for his patience and for his comments;
The Invincable Sgian Dubh represents me personally in both the materials and the design. The Loch Lomond Jasper and the belted crest reflect my Scottish heritage. The wood from the Invincable reflects my English and French Huguenot ancestry. The inlayed crest and three escallops show my clan Graham allegiance and the cross my Templar Order. Finally the uniquely beautiful Damasteel blade represents my Norse heritage. Overall my Sgian Dubh’s simple clean lines and unique materials make it completely a bespoke work of art. Something I will always treasure and wear with unmitigated pride.
With My Gratitude and Thanks,
W. James Nethery, FSA Scot
Seanchaidh, Clan Graham in North America”

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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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