Gallery: Dirks/Sgian Dubhs

Any of these knives can be made to fit a modest budget, but with family crests, gold work & fancy mountings, the price can quickly escalate. I do these knives in ATS 34 or Damascus steel and they do look pretty, but the single most important feature is (as in all of my knives) one that you cannot see--namely, the blade quality. It does not matter if I know that a knife will never be used, I do not compromise on blade quality. The careful attention to forging and heat-treating that goes into a piece is the same for one that is to grace a collection showcase as for one that is destined for an elephant hunt in Africa where "show" is fine, but it had better cut and hold an edge.