Unique Sgian Dubhs made in Sheffield from Historic Material.

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The Great War impacted on Scottish and British life in fundamental and far reaching ways. The Somme, Ypres and other battles produced mechanized carnage on a hitherto unprecedented scale. The blades on this sgian dubh come from a sniper plate from the heart of the Western Front in the Great War. The blades have been painstakingly ground out of a rusty battered piece of metal replete with battle damage. The metal is a piece of our heritage whether we like it our not and it epitomizes the courage of the individuals and Regiments involved and the sgian dubh made incorporating this steel can be carried with the pride associated with it’s history. For perhaps thirty years we had a house close to the Western Front in France and we would drive round the old front line. Farmers would dig up shells and twisted metal and leave piles of metal alongside fields. This bit of British military history comes from Mametz from the land in which amongst other Regiments the 2nd Gordons fought and died on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme.

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The 2nd Gordon Highlanders cemetery at Mametz

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The wood used in the grips of the Sgian Dubh is from the walnut of a Lee Enfield rifle butt another iconic item. Walnut  was the wood of choice up to the start of the second world war and these Lee Enfield rifle butts were made by H. Morris of Glasgow and stored ever since. You do not get many Sgian Dubh grips out of a Lee Enfield rifle butt and each grip is unique. The Lee Enfield was the standard rifle issued to rifle companies in the British army and other Commonwealth forces from 1895 until 1957. Walnut was the wood of choice until superseded by cheaper woods at the start of world war two..


The Sheffield made sgian dubhs on this page all come in a black box and with a leather sheath. Additionally they come with another historic item a red drawstring bag made with fabric from Hainsworths Mill. From the red uniforms worn by the British Infantry at the Battle of Waterloo, to the thin red line at Balaclava to the jackets of the Red Coats in North America and even today in the dress uniform of the Guards the same wool cloth used in the uniforms of the soldiers in these epic events is still being made by the same mill in Yorkshire. You will not find a more fitting item for sgian dubhs. That red cloth made by the mill which was founded in 1783 is used for our red drawstring bags. It’s a sumptuous scarlet coloured thick wool cloth with a vibrancy of colour.

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With the sgian dubhs on this page are letters describing the product. You get a letter telling you about the cloth, another telling you about the metal and another telling you about the wood. I can guarantee that you will not find another  product which carries with it a provenance so authentic and memorable covering British and Scottish military history and of the knives themselves they are craft made in much the same way they have been made for centuries in Sheffield.

The original surface of the sniper plate replete with rust,  corrosion and the colours resulting from decades of oxidation beneath what were the trenches present a stunning image compared with the polished steel of the blade edges. The steel was remarkably hard but even so came replete with a bullet hole through it.

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Each sgian dubh handle is different due to where it was extracted from the walnut of the Lee Enfield rifle butt. Each sgian dubh is different due to the different shapes of the handle and the patterns of pitting on the blade.

This is the sgian dubh showing the leather sheath and the drawstring bag. The blades are painstakingly hand ground in the traditional way

The price is 195 inclusive of UK postage.


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Finally ready is a sgian dubh made from an ancient piece of oak driftwood. Sculpted by the tides and rocks of the stormy seas of the Western Isles of Scotland possibly for centuries it is a hard heavy piece of wood which has weathered with beautiful features. It’s been air dried for two years and will be turned into the grips for our Scottish knives.

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