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Matching Sgian Dubhs

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Kristian contacted us to make a special Sgian Dubh for his own wedding and a matching Sgian Dubh for his brother, who was also getting married a few months later. The two Sgian Dubhs were to be identical apart from the pommel stones which were to compliment the two colours of their tartan. Kristian surprised his brother with the gift of the Sgian Dubh on the morning of his wedding.
The pair of Sgian Dubhs feature Glen Urquhart Oak handles carved with our traditional Crosshatch designs. One is set with a Fife Red Jasper pommel stone and the other with a Caithness Greenstone. The brass lower ferrules are deep engraved with the Turnbull Clan Motto “I SAVED THE KING”. The blades are High-carbon Damascus Steel and each Sgian Dubh was supplied with quality leather sheaths.
Kristian kindly emailed us when he received the Sgian Dubhs;
“The Sgian Dubhs arrived today safely. Both are spectacular. I particularly like the wood texture and also the quality of the engraving. Very much looking forward to wearing mine at my wedding next Saturday and I’m sure my brother will cherish his just as much when I gift it to him. Thanks again for getting them done in time. You have a truly amazing and unique business. Kristian”
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Isle of Lewis Sgian Dubhs

Isle of Lewis Sgian Dubhs
I crafted this pair of Sgian Dubhs incorporating some materials from the Isle of Lewis where we often travel to visit old friends. Both handles are carved from a windblown Walnut tree which fell in the grounds of Lewis Castle in Stornoway. One has brass fittings and the other Sterling Silver fittings and a pommel stone cut and polished from a lovely pebble we found near Lewis Castle. They each have High-Carbon Damascus blades and come with a leather sheath and a presentation box. Continue reading

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A Pair of Speyside Whisky Sgian Dubhs

I’ve just finished crafting this pair of Sgian Dubhs using some materials collected from our visit to the Speyside Whisky Festival earlier this year. Their handles are carved from a Glenfarclas whisky cask which we bought along with a couple of bottles of when we visited Glenfarclas, which is one of my favorite distilleries !
The blades are Damascus Steel and the sheaths are sturdy leather while the fittings are Sterling Silver, hallmarked at the Edinburgh Assay Office with our stamp ‘LNS’ (Loch Ness Silver). The pommel stones were cut and polished by our friend Nat Forno of ‘Scottish Gemstones’ from some pebbles from the River Spey which runs through the famous Speyside Whisky region. We collected these pebbles while we were enjoying a wonderful Craigellachie whisky tasting on the shore by Craigellachie Bridge after a tour of their distillery. Continue reading

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Clan McLean Sgian Dubh

Clan McLean Sgian Dubh
We crafted this Sgian Dubh for Andrew’s wedding. The handle is carved from Culloden Bog Oak (approx 4200 years old), inlaid in Sterling Silver with the Clan McLean crest and set with a Ben Nevis pommel stone. The Sterling Silver ferrules are diamond-engraved with name and date. The blade is High Carbon Damascus.
Andrew kindly emailed the following when his Sgian Dubh arrived with him in Canada.
“I ordered my McLean Sgian Dubh for my upcoming wedding and Rab and Tanya worked with me to help work out what I wanted. It was delivered last week and is absolutely stunning – definitely a piece to be past to the next generation of McLeans! Very happy with it and would highly recommend Rab and Tanya. Thank you both for your help and worksmanship.” Continue reading

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Thistle and Rose Titanium Wedding Rings

Thistle and Rose Titanium Wedding Rings
We recently had the pleasure of creating a pair of Titanium wedding rings for Caroline and Ken. They requested the design for both rings to incorporate a Scottish Thistle and an English Rose to reflect their origins, along with some Celtic Knotwork. However Ken also has a love for wolves so we were able to include a Pictish Wolf (based upon the Ardross stone carving) on his ring and we also gave it a darker background in contrast to the polished raised design.
After their wedding Ken and Caroline kindly emailed us with the following comments:
We absolutely have no regrets making the effort to come and find you in the Highlands and contracting you to provide the most stunning and bespoke rings which better than we could have ever imagined.
Your family business stands out from the crowd with your unique designs and workmanship. Thank you so so much.

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Bespoke Gold Wedding Rings with Unique Moose, Rose and Maple Leaf Design

Bespoke Gold Wedding Rings with Unique Moose, Rose and Maple Leaf Design
When Anne and Nick came to visit us to discuss their wedding rings we established that the Moose, Rose and Maple Leaf were elements that are particularly significant to them. We developed upon their initial ideas and set them within a Tree of Life border. We then engraved their unique design into Gold, maximizing the amount of detail possible for the ring width. They kindly emailed us when their rings arrived;
“Hi Rab and Tanya,
The rings arrived today and are everything we dreamed of and more still. They are fantastically detailed and so completely how we imagined. We cannot wait to put them on this weekend and wear them for the rest of our lives! They are so special and we are so glad to have found yourselves and come to see you back in July. The extra work you put in is appreciated so much and they are fantastic 🙂 the detail and craftsmanship are outstanding!
Thank You so much, Anne and Nick” Continue reading

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Custom Sgian Dubh with Silver & Gold Inlays, Damascus, Amethyst and Bog Oak

Custom Sgian Dubh with Silver & Gold Inlays, Damascus, Amethyst and Bog Oak
We created this unique Sgian Dubh for Robbie who requested a special design. The Bog Oak handle features a silver Lion Rampant inlay along with a pair of solid gold stars. A Tayside Amethyst pommel stone is mounted in silver on the top of the handle and the Sgian Dubh has a Damascus Steel blade.
“Now that I have my Sgian Dubh in my hands it is so so cool. I commissioned my Sgian Dubh in remembrance to special family members denoted by the gold stars. This piece will be used on special occasions. It will be on display in my home to look at and remember good times. I appreciate the craftsmanship by Rab as it was made exactly to what I wanted. Thanks to Tanya and Rab for working with me to produce this stunning piece. I love it.” Continue reading

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