Asked to make a ‘rock’n’roll’ ceremonial dagger for an eminent Scottish landowner, innovative jeweller Stephen Webster MBE was soon reaching for a hematite, stingray skin and some Damascus steel, forged in a Peckham railway arch.
A Scottish client of mine recently purchased a castle in Fife. As you might expect, castle ownership comes with trappings, the first being one’s own tartan and kilt wardrobe, the second an armoury to help keep out the English.
The go-to weapon amongst a Scotsman’s personal defence options is, of course, the sgiandubh, the concealed dagger worn down the sock to accompany the battle kilt and sporran combination. My brief was to design and make “the most rock’n’roll sgian-dubh ever”. That’s the kind of tight, no nonsense instruction for a bespoke piece that l enjoy the most, although this was going to be the first knife of any description that we had been commissioned to produce.
Price : Bespoke