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Sgian Dubh

Armed with Nathan’s knife making lessons and a trip to Scotland for Nathan’s 18th birthday, Nathan and I attempted to make our own sgian dubhs and a very useful sgian ‘brew.’

The sgian dibh is the small knife tucked inside the sock of a kilt wearing young man.  Known also as a ‘dark’ or ‘hidden’ knife.  We purchased our blades from Rainnea

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Cutting out the basic shape.
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Using tools we have on hand to sculpt the handle.

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This handle is made from osage orange (hedge).

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Sgian ‘brew’ on a Blackwatch tartan which is similar to that attributed to the Falconer sept of the Clan Keith.  This handle is fashioned from an oak log that was buried in the ditch on my farm, Tannachton Farm.

 

Knife Making

Near the end of our homeschooling stint, we discovered a wonderful family who have for 35 years pulled together a spectacular array of historical and educational speakers.  Formerly called CHEF  (Christian Home Education Fellowship), now called Family Covenant Ministries.  

In February 2012, they organised a small group of young men to meet at one of the nation’s premier knife making operations near Ozark, Missouri.  Definitely a highlight of our home education career.  Ozark Knife Makers at Ozark Forge.

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