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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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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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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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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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Custom Sgian Dubh and Matching Ring

Custom Sgian Dubh and Matching Ring
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.
Terry” Continue reading

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A Custom Sgian Dubh for a Special Wedding Gift

Sgian Dubh (Skean Dhu) in bog oak, silver and Damascus
Dave’s friends commissioned us to make this custom Sgian Dubh for his wedding. He sent us an email when he received it which he has very kindly allowed us to post: Continue reading

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Sgian Dubh in 5300 Year Old Fenland Bog Oak with Damascus Blade and Iona Marble Pommel Stone

Sgian Dubh in 5300 Year Old Fenland Bog Oak with Damascus Blade and Iona Marble Pommel StoneSgian Dubh in 5300 Year Old Fenland Bog Oak with Damascus Blade and Iona Marble Pommel StoneWe’d like to share this email and photos. Thank you to Andrew for his permission to post these.

“Rab & Tanya, I have just received the Sgian Dubh, it’s absolutely exceeded all my expectations. My wife Fiona loves the Iona set stone in the bog oak handle. The Damascus blade is stunning, I shall treasure this and always wear it with pride. Once more thank you so very much for a job well done, excellent workmanship. Kind regards, Andrew” Continue reading

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A Sgian Dubh featuring insignia of the Parachute Regiment

Parachute Insignia Sgian DubhJust finished this one of a kind Sgian Dubh commission. It features a 15 PARA Regimental Crest as well as USA Army Parachute Wings. The handle and sheath are made from bog oak which is approx 4300 year old and the ferrules and blade are all solid Sterling Silver. Continue reading

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Sgian Dubh / Bottle Opener with Skye Marble, Damascus and Bog Oak

Sgian Brew with Skye Marble
“Just a message to let you know I received the sgian dubh yesterday. I’m chuffed to bits with the result. I think leaving the blade plain was the right decision, the finish on the Damascus steel looks amazing. I’m was also pleasantly surprised by just how nice the sheath is, I had expected it to be thinner. It has a very substantial qualitative feel to it. I’d just like to say thanks again, I am very impressed by both the craftsmanship and quality of service I received.” Continue reading

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A Sgian Dubh from Culloden Bog Oak, Cairngorm Smoky Quartz, Damascus and Silver.

A recently collected commission, a view halfway through completion, and its owner’s feedback:
Custom Sgian Dubh
Work in progress
“The simplicity of design, quality of materials and skilled craftsmanship have created a wonderful Sgian Dubh; without doubt, a true heirloom of the future. Thank you Rab for all you hard work- it was well worth the wait! Thanks also to you and Tanya for your warm welcome when we visited to collect the Sgian Dubh.
Kind regards, Stephen”
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Engraved Sgian Dubh ~ Bog Oak, Silver and Damascus

Sgian Dubh
Here’s a recently completed Sgian Dubh which is a good example of deep V-cut engraving on the ferrule band and fine diamond-point engraving of some selected quotes on the blade.
Sgian Dubh
Finished off with an Angus Serpentine Pommel Stone cut for us by Nat at Scottish Gemstones.
Sgian Dubh Pommel Stone
“Received this weekend – exceeded already high expectations in all respects! Not much else to say but thank you very much, Art” Continue reading

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Set of Culloden Bog Oak Sgian Dubhs with Perthshire Agate Pommels

These Sgian Dubhs were a commission that were specially made for a father to give to each of his sons. They feature Perthshire Agate Pommels, Sterling Silver fittings and Damascus steel blades with a line of poetry diamond-engraved onto them. The wood is approx 4300 years old from an oak tree dug up from a bog in the Culloden area of Inverness-Shire.
Culloden Bog Oak Sgian Dubhs
I’ve just received an email from Mike to let me know that his Sgian Dubhs have arrived and he’s kindly allowed me to post his comments:
“The Sgian Dubhs arrived safely just a short time ago. I am delighted with them. Although I had seen your photos of them, to use the eBay cliche, photos don’t do them justice. I am most impressed by your superb craftsmanship and attention to detail. The sgian dubhs are beautiful and I am now looking forward with much anticipation to giving each of the sgian dubhs to each of my sons as they come of age. Thank you.”
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New Sgian Dubhs in bog oak

Been working on these new Sgian Dubhs in bog oak with silver fittings
The blade on the left is a new style I made from O1 Tool Steel.
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