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Knives for sale... Updated 12th March 2015

I was a passenger in a car accident last summer (shortly after the last update). I had some pretty significant injuries, and am just now getting properly back into things! I've managed to keep working on commissions (and am now taking on new ones for this summer) although more slowly. But I have not had time/ability to finish anything new for sale. Because of this, I plan to have a 'spring sale' - you'll get the chance to purchase my finished stock at reduced prices, I'll get some income to tide me over my physiotherapy and strength work. If you'd like to be part of this, subscribe to the mailing list to get first refusal on all pieces.

To subscribe - or update address for an existing subscriber - use the sign-up form here. (I can no longer add you myself.) I have also had to make some changes to my postal policy due to post-privatisation service changes, see the Buy Now page for details.


Copper & Antler Sgian Achlais ~ £325 Order Now

Sgian Achlais, copper and antler handmade sgian dubh

A sgian achlais (traditionally for armpit carry). Ebony handle, with copper mounts and red-deer antler pommel. Four inch blade of CS70 steel, with hamon temper-line and fuller. Eight and a quarter inches overall. Hand-sewn, tooled and burnished leather pouch sheath in Scandinavian style.

Last Elm-handled Working Sgian ~ £225 Order Now

Elm Working Sgian Dubh

Brass-pinned, hand-carved elm handle, steel mounts. Three and five-eighths inch blade of 1095 steel. 7.5 inches overall, matching knotwork-tooled black cowhide sheath (cross-stitched to lie flat). The one available has the handle below - the blade above is representative of its blade.

Elm Sgian Dubh in handmade knotwork sheath

Damascus & Thuya Sub-Hilt - £375 SOLD

Damascus and Thuya Burl Sub-Hilt Knife
Seven and a half inches overall. Three and a half inch blade of 1095/15N20 Damascus steel. Four inch handle of Thuya Burl and ebony, with copper fittings. Welted chestnut pouch sheath of sculpted veg-tanned cowhide, riveted belt-loop.

Baltic War Knife - £475 Order Now

Baltic War Knife
Seventeen inches overall. Eleven and a half inch blade of 1095 steel, clay-tempered with temper line. Six inch handle of carved bird’s eye sycamore. 240 grit satin finish, deep ferric etch, oxides rubbed out with 800 grit, gives a french grey look. (Can be maintained with steel wool, holds oil better than a finer finish, and plenty smooth enough to cut.) Extra-long Scandinavian-style handsewn sculpted pouch sheath of vegetable tanned tooling cowhide, with woven-in belt loop.

'Sam Bell' Dirk - £425 Buy Now

Sam Bell Dirk

Ten and three quarter inches overall, carved Swedish carbon steel blade. Sycamore handle, with engraved copper mounts and steel fittings, tooled cowhide sheath. More images...

Bird & Trout Knife - £220 Buy Now

Bird & Trout Knife
Four and a half inch blade of CS70 Swedish steel, full-tang Sycamore handle with a Wenge bolster. Comes with a hand-sewn, Scandianavian-style pouch sheath. More images...

No Longer Available...

Bodice Dagger ~ £295 SOLD

Bodice Dagger for sale now

Olive-wood, ebony and bone handle. Five and three-quarter inch double-edged blade of 1095, with double hamon. Ten inches overall. Flat-backed pouch sheath of burgundy cowhide, with removable frog of supple sueded goatskin

Bodice Dagger in Frog Sheath


Reversible Sgian Dubh ~ £175 SOLD

Antler and Ebony Sgian Dubh

Slim handle of carved ebony one-side and antler the other, with myrtle pommel. 4” blade of 1080 steel, satin finished with hamon. 7.5 inches overall, with tooled cowhide sheath for the sock.

'Boot' Sgian - £475 SOLD

'Boot'-style Sgian Dubh

Fully-carved, full-tang ebony handle with stainless steel pins. Three and a half inch double-edged blade of 1095, with double ricasso and hamon. (7.25 inches overall.) Goatskin-covered copper and leather sheath, with sterling silver sculpted mouth.

Sheathed Boot Sgian, sterling silver mounted

Wakimono - £750 SOLD

15" blade, with 8" handle. Blade is 1086M, clay hardened, hand forged copper habaki, brass seppas, wrought iron tsuba, brass fuchi and kashira, walnut handle core with rawhide overwrap, oar shaped walnut scabbard with rawhide wrap. Email for details.

Myrtle Handled Hunter - £175 Reserved

Myrtle Handled Hunter
Ten inches overall, five inch carbon steel blade, myrtle handle with copper pins. More...

Duan Jian ~ £750 SOLD

Duan Jian

Sixteen inch, double-edged blade of 1095 high carbon steel, clay quenched for hard edges and a springy spine. The blade has been polished, antiqued and etched to bring out the beautiful double hamon. Handle is carved walnut with a reconstituted malachite spacer, and a copper pommel plate, with hidden pins and pommel nut, secured with epoxy. The scabbard is carved walnut with reconstituted malachite inlays. There is a carved belt-loop, inlayed and glued to the back, and bound in place with fine cord. Email for more images and purchase details.

Duan Jian Style Short-Sword
Day Sporran

Day Sporran £75. SOLD

Blue-black cowhide, lined with coffee-coloured suede, laced/tasselled with silk and waxed thread. Hand-tooled and resist-dyed original knotwork patterns front and back. Brass popper and hanging loops. Suede interior pocket and removable money-pouch. Would also work as a belt-bag.


Carved Antler Sgian Dubh - £195 SOLD

Carved Antler Sgian Dubh
More details here


Celtic Horseman's Knife ~ SOLD
Celtic Horseman's Knife
Four and a half inch blade of 1/8th inch wide 1095 steel, clay hardened in oil, with a dark etch. Sculpted copper blade collar and copper pin, carved sycamore handle. Nine and a quarter inches overall. Hand-tooled (spiral pattern) and sewn welted pouch sheath, riveted belt-loop.


Merovingian Seax - SOLD

Merovingian Seax

Reproduction of a 7th century Continental seax, based primarily on the Nijmegen seax. Laminated steel blade, etched to show pattern. Yew handle, traditional suspension-style sheath with relief sculpted knot. More....

Japanese Kwaiken - SOLD

Japanese Kwaiken
Nine inches overall. Sycamore sheath, Thuya Burl and Ebony handle. Heat finished copper habaki, hamon on 1095 steel blade. More images...

Integral Tanto - SOLD

Integral Tanto for Sale
Thirteen and a half inches overall. The handle is a tanned ray-skin same over an integral steel core, overlaid with a wrap of khaki-green parachute cord, finished with several 'turks head' knots. The blade is seven and a half inch nagasa, shobu zukuri in 1086 steel, water quenched. It is double-edged, and the hamon lies close to the grind-line top and bottom. More images...

Curlicue Pocket Knife - SOLD

Forged Curlicue Pocket Knife for Sale
Three inch blade of heat-golden steel with hamon temper-line. Unique open-work handle of brass, heat-blued forged steel and ebony, file-worked on the spine. Hand-tooled, sculpted leather sheath. More...


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