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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”

JN2

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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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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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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!
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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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Bog Oak Sgian Dubh with Angus Black Marble and Stainless Steel Damascus

Bog Oak Sgian Dubh with Angus Black Marble and Stainless Steel Damascus
We created this custom Sgian Dubh for Philip who kindly emailed us upon it’s arrival:
“My custom ordered Rainnea Ltd / Loch Ness Origins Sgian Dubh arrived this afternoon and I’m speechless! It’s stunning, beautifully crafted, meticulous and an absolute work of art. It means a great deal me and was so worth the wait. I can’t thank you enough.
Your customer service and communication throughout the process were first class. The level of care and concern you have for your clients and what they are purchasing from you is a quality that is not commonly found. I never felt like an order number or a customer… but like a member of your family. I would happy order from you again in the future. Thanks again for everything.”
The handle and sheath are carved from 5300 year old Bog Oak and the blade is made from Stainless Steel Damascus. An Angus Black Marble pommel stone was cut and polished by our friend Nat Forno at Scottish Gemstones and sits on the top of the handle. The fittings are in Sterling Silver, Hallmarked in Edinburgh with our makers mark, ‘LNS’. Continue reading

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Matching Sgian Dubhs

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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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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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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Obsidian Sgian Dubh with Isle of Bute Pommel Stone

Obsidian Sgian Dubh with Isle of Bute Pommel Stone
This Sgian Dubh was commissioned by Natasha in Canada for a very special Christmas present. She kindly emailed us when it arrived;
“Today was the most exciting day I have had the pleasure of in quite some time. A box marked fragile arrived with an international shipping sticker. I could hardly contain myself enough to gently cut open the box and very carefully unwrap such a treasure.
I have to say it took my breath away. The craftsmanship and care you have put into this has placed me in awe. And I couldn’t be happier.
It’s even more beautiful than I imagined. Your pictures, although remarkable, have no ridges or fragrance. As I sit here Sgian Dubh in hand, the ebony handle has such detail. I remembered of the pommel stone choice and the story by which it came about. As I unsheathed the obsidian blade, the sheath itself is amazing and perfectly fit. And the blade, I could only imagine such beauty it’s gorgeous and delicate and perfect!!
Thank you so much. I am great full to have found you. And I cannot wait to gift this to the man that deserves such a precious gift.”
We’d like to thank our friends and the fellow craftsmen for their help and assistance, especially Euan for finding and selecting some pebbles from Kerrycroy Bay on the Isle of Bute where the recipients parents have an ancestral clan connection. We photographed these and Natasha chose her favorite pebble which was then cut and polished for the pommel stone by Nat. The Obsidian blade was knapped for us by Tony and the sheath was crafted to fit the blade by Terry Osborne. Continue reading

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Custom Sgian Dubh with Japanese Layered Steel Blade

Custom Sgian Dubh with Japanese Layered Steel Blade
I made this Sgian Dubh for Sharon to give to Craig for their wedding.
The handle is carved from 4200 year old Culloden Bog Oak with Sterling Silver fittings and a Sutherland Greenstone Pommel. The blade is unusual as it was hand-crafted from Japanese 67 layer steel by my friend and bladesmith Chris Grant. I embossed the sturdy leather sheath with Craig’s clan motto.
“Many thanks for the Sgian Dubh it arrived yesterday and I am most impressed and am sure Craig will be too it is truly magnificent. Regards, Sharon” Continue reading

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Bespoke Wedding Bands & Sgian Dubh with Columbine, Yorkshire Rose and Whitby Jet

Custom Culloden Bog Oak Sgian Dubh with Whitby Jet
We were asked if we would create a special pair of bespoke wedding rings featuring a unique combination of elements for Adam and Cynthia. Working with the couple to develop their design ideas we made Cynthia’s ring in Platinum and Adam’s in Titanium along with a custom bog oak Sgian Dubh for Adam. These are best described in their own words;
“The rings feature a Rocky Mountain Columbine for the birthplace of the bride, the Yorkshire Rose for the birthplace of the groom and a Celtic knot representing Scotland, where we met and fell in love. The Sgian Dubh is for the groom, and is a beautiful blend of Scotland and Yorkshire – including a piece of Whitby Jet (from W.Hammond / @W_Hammond in North Yorkshire).”

Bespoke Wedding Bands in Platinum & Titanium
Photo of wedding rings by their wedding photographer, Mirrorbox Photography.

Sgian Dubh carved from Culloden Bog Oak with Sterling Silver fittings and Whitby Jet
We carved the Sgian Dubh handle and sheath from 4200 year old Culloden Bog Oak which is fitted with Sterling Silver ferrules and a Whitby Jet pommel stone. The lower ferrule band is engraved with the Yorkshire Rose and the blade was crafted for us by Scottish bladesmith Chris Grant from High Carbon Stainless Damascus.

Cynthia and Adam kindly emailed us after their wedding;
“We are thrilled with the Sgian Dubh and rings that Rab has made us for our wedding. They are exquisite in their detail and are so personal for us! We can’t thank you enough!” Continue reading

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Sgian Dubh from a Whisky Barrel for a Cooper’s Wedding

Sgian Dubh from a Whisky Barrel for a Cooper's Wedding
I made this special Sgian Dubh for a cooper I met at Feis Ile, the annual Whisky / Music Festival on the islands of Islay and Jura on the Scottish West Coast.
He was there demonstrating his cooper’s craft of how whisky casks are made. After chatting with him I learned that he was soon to be married so I promised him a Sgian Dubh for his wedding. I got a couple of staves from a cask he’d been working on and made this for him using that wood, a pebble from the beach at Caol Ila Distillery, a Damascus blade and Sterling Silver fittings. Continue reading

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