Category Archives: Sgian Dubhs

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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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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