Authentic Scottish Dirks and Sgian Dubhs made with the finest materials in Sheffield by dirk maker who has been in business for three hundred years. These items are not imported. Jack Adams of Sheffield who is now in his 80’s has probably been making these items for over fifty years and it is that authenticity which connects you the British knife making heritage. These are not simply replicas they are the real thing.
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A fine Scottish Dirk in leather sheath with genuine stag handle. The Scottish dirk is a traditional dress accessory worn with the kilt as a part of full Highland dress. Because of the natural materials used the handles may vary on all of these items. The overall length of this item from the top of the handle to the bottom of the sheath is eighteen inches. The blade itself is twelve inches which is the traditional length of dirk blades. The blade is single edged and carbon steel. Handmade by one of Sheffield's finest knife makers The dirk sheath has a leather strap known as a ‘frog’ from which it can be hung on the Dirk belt.
This Sgian Dubh knife has a plain metal stud closer at the end of horn handle. It comes with a leather sheath. This sgian dubh does not come in the velvet bag and gift boxed it’s to bit. It comes in postal wrapping. All the sgian dubhs below come in a velvet drawstring bag and a gift box. This one is to big. The overall length is 8 inches and the stainless steel blade is three and three quarter inches.
The items below the above line are Sheffield made but by a different Sheffield maker. All handmade and high quality but by different Sheffield craftsmen. Genuine Sgian Dubhs also called the Skean Dhu made in the same way as they have been for centuries in Sheffield. They are all gift boxed in a plain black gift box and the price is inclusive of UK postage
These sgian dubhs below the line have blades made of stainless steel. The knives should not be stored in a leather sheath and you should view our care of knives page on how to care for them.
We have tried to use some of our historic wood. The sgian dubh with the walnut grips is derived from Lee Enfield rifle butts. The walnut grips used for this knife were from the Lee Enfield butts produced by H. Morris & Co of Glasgow. For over three hundred years upto the start of the 2nd World War walnut was the wood of choice for small arms for the British Army. So the wood predates World War 2. You do not get many grips for a Sgian-Dubh out of a single Lee Enfield rifle butt. This sgian dubh comes with a letter on handmade paper telling you about the knife and a certificate of authenticity from the Sheffield maker. Many Scottish soldiers carried a sgian dubh into battle over many years and many battles and the sgain dubh with Lee Enfield Rifle butt walnut is a very nice heritage item. It’s a fitting use for the wood as currently the various centenaries of different World War One battles are occurring.
Another wood we have used is 15th century oak from an old farmhouse in Yorkshire. It’s a dense hard wood with a fine patina. it’s smooth and hard and as you would expect from oak which has been walked on for over five hundred years it has a character which makes each piece slightly different. This sgian dubh comes with a letter on handmade paper telling you about the wood and the knife and is gift boxed.
Probably our finest sgian-dubh utilises the 12th century oak from a beam that was fire damaged in the York Minster fire. I have very little of this wood left. The wood came from a tree which was ancient at the time it was felled so it is a truly ancient piece of wood. It’s a piece soaked in the dramas and tribulations of British history. Some of the grips actually bear blackening from the fire. This piece also comes with a letter on handmade paper telling you about the oak and the knife and is gift boxed.
This sgian dubh comes with the traditional sheath pictured below. The handle comes out of 12th century oak from a ancient beam. It has a marvelous patina and we have little of the wood left. It comes in a velvet drawstring baq and in a plain black gift box. This sgian dubh comes with a letter on handmade paper telling you about the wood and a certicate of authenticity from the Sheffield maker. It’s hand made largley using the skills of hand and eye. The wood is from the York Minster fire and we provide their certificate for the wood. As well as the amazing patina some of the pieces bear marks from the fire. The oak was probably old when they started building the Minster so it could be over a thousand years old. The knife is 7 inches long. Stock number Sgian 1. The knife including the sheath and postpaid with the UK is £55.
Have a look round our web sites. The image above is of a pre 1900 straight razor made in Sheffield and from an unused cache - you can see them on rasoir.uk and visit that site by clicking on the razor above
The handle on this sgian dubh is walnut from Lee Enfield rifle butts. Each of these sgian dubh’s is different due to the curves in the wood of the butt. Each one is therefore unique and it has taken skill and patience to extract the wood. It’s Sheffield made in stainless steel. It’s a beautiful wood and polished to perfection. The Lee Enfield traces it’s roots back to 1888 when the British army adopted a rifle created by James P. Lee. For over three hundred years up to the middle of WW2 walnut was the favoured wood for rifle butts. These particular Rifle butts from which the handles of our sgian dubhs were derived were produced for wartime contracts and manufactured by H. Morris & Co of Glasgow. They were unissued and stored every since. The Lee Enfield was with British soldiers in battles from the Somme to the storming of the Normandy beaches. Again as with all our wood it’s difficult to find and in limited supply. The British army early in WW2 abandoned walnut and moved to easier to obtain woods. The knife comes in a velvet drawstring bag and in a black gift box. It’s accompanied by a letter on hand made paper telling you about the wood and the making of the knife. You are buying a heirloom with it’s direct association with British and especially Scottish military history. Stock number Sgian 2 The knife including the sheath inclusive of UK postage is £55
The above picture shows the sgian dubh in the leather sheath which is included with all the Sgian Dubhs
These sgian dubh’s come in a leather sheath in a velvet bag and gift boxed
This sgian dubh comes in 15th century oak. The oak boards were salvaged from an old farmhouse in Yorkshire. Like the others it comes gift boxed and in a velvet drawstring bag and the price includes UK postage It does not come with the letter on handmade paper as the above two pieces do. Like the other Sgian Dubhs the wood is polished to perfection. Price £45
Polished rosewood. Like the others this sgian-dubh comes gift boxed and in a velvet drawstring bag and is inclusive of UK postage. It does not come with the letter on handmade paper. Price £42
Address to the Haggis by Burns and you need a good Scottish knife to cut your Haggis
His knife see rustic-labour dight An' cut you up wi' ready slight Trenching your gushing entrails bright Like onie ditch And then, O what a glorious sight Warm-reekin, rich
Planning a wedding and what better knife to cut the wedding cake than a traditional Scottish Dirk
Amongst the offerings on our new site rasoir.uk are these handpainted shaving bowls from Turkey. Handpainted in the Iznik style you can add a touch of class to your bathroom and own what is a genuine work of art. Click on the image to go to that site.
We also have a shaving mug derived from the lettering on one of my late Uncle Cecil’s trade cards from one of his ill fated business ventures That’s also on rasoir.uk which is accessible via the image on the left.
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