Finished Sgian Dubh

Adriaan Gerber emailed today to announce the completion of my long-awaited sgian dubh. Here are two photos of the new knife and its leather sheath.

The newly-created sgian dubh.
The newly-created sgian dubh. The hamon is clearly visible.
Note the notched blade, a characteristic of many Scottish knives.
Note the notched blade, a characteristic of many Scottish knives.
A basic leather sheath (which no one is meant to see as the knife's blade is traditionally tucked into the top of the wearer's hose).
A basic leather sheath (which no one is meant to see as the knife’s blade is traditionally tucked into the top of the wearer’s hose).

The Birth of a Blade

I have commissioned Adriaan Gerber to forge a new sgian dubh (Scots-Gaelic “black knife”; a small Scottish knife most often worn as part of Highland Dress, tucked into the hose on the outside of the right leg.) Today he sent me a picture of the blade in its early stages. The forged blade survived the heat treatment and Adriaan sanded it with 220 grit. Attached is a picture right after it came out of the oven; you can still see the marks left by the clay.

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Full tang blade of an Adriaan Gerber sgian dubh in progress.

Kilt Apron

Black Watch Officers c. 1914/15; The Black Watch Museum; Bob Marrion Collection.
Black Watch officers c. 1914/15; The Black Watch Museum; Bob Marrion Collection. Notice the protective kilt aprons, with pockets to replace the sporran.

Come Now!

Recruitment poster for the 173rd Overseas Battalion, Canadian Highlanders; First World War.
Recruitment poster for the 173rd Overseas Battalion, Canadian Highlanders; First World War.

Join the 73rd Now

Recruitment poster for the Royal Highlanders of Canada; First World War.
Recruitment poster for the Royal Highlanders of Canada; First World War.

48th Highlanders

Recruitment poster for 48th Highlanders (Canada): 1200 men wanted at once for the 134th Highlanders Overseas Battalion; First World War.
Camp flag of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.
Regimental Colours of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.

Your King & Country Need You

Recruitment poster for the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) in France (1914) from the Great War.