We use the horn of the domesticated Asian buffalo – commonly used in Scottish horn work. We search out horn that has slight milky streaks to add interest to our knives. Horn is collected from farm animals and air-dried for over a year before it is ready for use.
The basic shape is cut with a knife and then finished using a file, sandpaper and cloth.
Like a fingerprint, no two horns are the same so that each sgian dubh is absolutely unique in its final appearance.