The making of a real sgian dubh
Our horn sgian dubhs are made from the horn of the domesticated Asian buffalo. We search out horns that have slight milky streaks to add interest to our knives and then air-dry them for over a year before using them. Like a fingerprint, no two horns are the same so that each sgian dubh is absolutely unique in its final appearance.
Each sgian dubh has four Sterling silver bands. Our craftsmen make each one individually by hand from sheet silver. The celtic knotwork patterns are cut with a hand file and then joined to a plain silver backplate, which is blackened to make the knotwork designs stand out. Then, the four bands are then shaped on a tiny anvil before we finally fit them to the sgian dubh. All the silver in our sgian dubhs is Sterling quality, hallmarked in Edinburgh by the Assay Office of Scotland.
Our philosophy is simple; we want to make real and genuine sgian dubhs that will bring enjoyment to our customers and their succeeding generations. We pay our craftsmen significantly above the market price for their labour and we pay them in advance or very promptly. £5 from the sale of each sgian dubh goes to support health and development work in Nepal.