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. The overall length is 8 inches and the stainless steel blade is three and three quarter inches.
The items below the line are Sheffield made but by a different Sheffield maker. All handmade and high quality but by different Sheffield craftsmen. Genuine Sgian Dubhs 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
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These sgian dubhs below the line have blades made of carbon steel. The traditional steel for Sheffield knife making. 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 nivce 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 utlises 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 Brtish 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.
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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