One of our recent Questions Of The Day has prompted a bit of a response. Reader Mark N. sent me a photo of this Scottish sgain dubh he made from a kit.
Mark wrote me:
This is my Scottish sgain dubh. The handle came from a blank of Scottish bog oak, although the blade was rough and had to be finish honed. I don’t have the tools to make a blade, or even to grind one from a blank, but I have a fascination for the blacksmithing knives and swords.
By the way, this knife was a kit from a company in Inverness, Scotland, high above Loch Ness. I made this for a neighbor to go with his regalia. Very fun project–and my first effort at something like this. Not a bad result.
Not bad indeed! There’s no need to apologize for not starting from scratch, though. A rough knife kit is a great introduction to the art and science of knifemaking for those of us who don’t own a blast furnace, power hammer and bench grinder.
There must be more home-made knives out there? Send your stories and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.