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I am a HUGE knife / sword / blade collector. I primarily focus on Japanese swords, but now that I have been delving into kilts, Scotland and such, I have been looking at European swords.

So I thought hey... why not do a show and tell.

Lets see any blade you are willing to share.

I have waiting for me the following that I can not wait to get my hands on when I get back to the states.

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I would love to see your blades...

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Here are some more of my blades...

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I made my own sgian a while ago, it's not pro level by any stretch but I did everything myself from start to finish.

I thought I posted pics here but can't find em.

I will post a pic or two tomorrow.

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Here ya go

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Great looking sgian knife.

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It's serviceable but amateurish. I am proud of having done everything myself and I learned a lot and gained a LOT of respect for skilled knife smiths like Drac

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Alright, I'll play...

Here's my collection of sgian dubh to date:

This one was made by Louis Garcia of Fredericksburg, Texas (http://www.lgknives.com/). This was a first for Louis, who specializes in hunting knives, and was made to a sketch I provided. It's not exactly traditional, but is scary sharp and no-frills functional:

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This one was made by Adriaan Gerber of Lamoine, Maine (http://www.adriaangerberknives.com). I love the simple lines of this one:

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This one was made by Michael ("Mickey") Wise of Jack, Alabama (http://www.angelfire.com/my/wisecustomknives/). This is one that gets a lot of carry because of the thin, elegantly understated handle:

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This one was made by Michael Wall of Sandown Forge in central Florida (http://www.sandownforge.com/Sandown_Forge/Sandown_Forge.html). Some of you may recognize the shape of this one as Drac's "Artificer" model, of which I had a hand in the design:

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And the following three were made by Nathan Taylor of Boerne, Texas (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Taylor-Knives/118232621593669). Love his work! I gave the blade pictured second below to my uncle as a Christmas present a couple of years ago... He was thrilled. I just purchased the third and expect it to arrive next week.

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Some very nice blades in deed. Please keep posting more. :D

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Here's a look at my most recent acquisition, a Victorian era hunting sgian dubh for day wear:

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very nice Iron John.

here is another one of mine. This knife with Damaskus blade was fitted with a briar handle by a german pipe maker.

The picture was stitched together with focus stacking using 23 exposures in Photoshop

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Damascus Blade with Briar Handle (Focusstacking) by s_maclately, on Flickr

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Here are some other vintage sgian dubhs that I have had for awhile. I think these are from the early 1900s:

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And here is my antique dress dirk from the late 19th century:

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I have 11 basket hilt swords, but these two are my favorites:

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Some of my others, these are Paul Chen/Hanwei reproductions:

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Here's an interesting antique/vintage sgian I picked up recently on eBay, has anyone ever seen one like this before?

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Can't seem to get the pics to come up but follow the link and you can see several pics of it.

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I recently received the reproduction early 18th century dirk I commissioned Mike McRae of Scotia Metalwork to make. It's 5160 steel, hand carved ebony with a brass pommel. I'm well pleased with the results.

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I made this knife. Can I call it sgian dubh? Is it like a traditional Scotish sgian?

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