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 design. 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 a quality leather sheath.
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”
The wonderful photos were taken by Sylwia & Simon at www.croandkowlove.com
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.
These 2 Sgian Dubhs will be available on our webshop until sold.
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.
These Sgian Dubhs are available on our webshop
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.”
More info on our Sgian Dubhs can be found on our main website.
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 are 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.”
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”
Watch a video of this ring design or visit our website for more info on our bespoke wedding rings.
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.”
We created this special pair of Platinum wedding rings for Rachael and Craig. Their rings are unique and feature Snowdrops and Thistles which they requested we design for their rings.
“Hello we just wanted to thank you so much for the rings everyone mentioned how lovely they were. Thank you so much for capturing the sentiment yet keeping so much beauty. We have recommended you to other friends and cannot express how pleased we are with the final item. Thank you so much for working hard to get the right design and ensuring we were 100% happy with the final item.
Best wishes for the future, Rachael and Craig”
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.
I made this custom 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”
More info on our custom Sgian Dubhs.
Limited number of Sgian Dubhs available for sale.
We were asked by Helen and Andrew to create a pair of unique Titanium rings that would capture the essence of a flower that Andrew made specially for Helen some years ago and also include Celtic Knotwork. It was a lovely commission to be part of and we created a stylised representation of Andrew’s flower which worked beautifully with the Knotwork design encircling the ring. The finish on the rings was heat-blued that we then polished off slightly more on Helen’s ring than on Andrew’s to suit their own personal tastes.
Further info on our website about our unique wedding rings.
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 in North Yorkshire).”
Photo of wedding rings by their wedding photographer, Mirrorbox Photography.
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!”
More info on our wedding rings and our Sgian Dubhs.
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.
We created this special set for Terry and his wife. The Sgian Dubh has a bog oak handle with Sterling Silver fittings, an Angus Black Marble pommel stone and a high carbon Damascus steel blade in a leather sheath. We engraved the Sterling Silver ring to match the ferrule band on the Sgian Dubh.
“Many thanks for the fantastic Sgian Dubh and matching ring. I presented them both to my wife today in celebration of our wedding anniversary (ring for her and Sgian Dubh for me). The details in the Sgian Dubh are unparalleled. The rich color and carving in the Fenland Bog Oak handle, the pattern in the Damascus steel blade, and the detail in the sterling silver ferrule combine for a one of a kind treasure. The Sgian Dubh and ring will be cherished by my wife and I. Thanks again for being masters of your trade. Your efforts and kindness are greatly appreciated.
We were commissioned to create these unique Platinum wedding rings along with a special Sgian Dubh & Sgian Brew Set.
Both of the wedding rings featured a Tree of Life design and the bride’s ring had feathers around the ring to complement her engagement ring design and was carefully shaped to fit alongside it, whilst the groom’s ring featured a bee and and a bear.
Their wedding venue was the Royal Lochnagar Distillery so the couple sent us some wood from one of the distillery’s whisky barrels from which we made a special set of Sgian Dubhs and Sgian Brews, they also kindly sent a lovely bottle of 12 Year Old Royal Lochnagar Whisky from which we used a drop to mix with oil for polishing the wooden handles. Each Sgian was engraved with the recipients initials and the lower ferrules of the Sgian Dubh and Sgian Brew of the bride and groom were engraved with their Tree of Life design to complement their rings.