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Richard van Dijk

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  1. And yet another Sgian Dubh, it seems that I am making these forever. 240 Layer pattern welded blade,
    stabilized giraffe bone handle capped with sterling silver fittings.
    Total length 19 cm, blade 10 cm.
    Leather scabbard with sterling silver fittings.




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  2. carving set made a little while ago, fork and knife are forged from a large round file. Brass ferrule and butt plate antler handles.


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  3. Hi All, just finished another bone handled Sgian Dubh capped with Sterling Silver fittings and a blood stone set in the pommel.
    Total length 20 cm, blade 10.5 cm.
    Pattern welded blade approx 400 layers.
    Leather scabbard also with Sterling Silver fittings.




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  4. 6 hours ago, Robert D. said:

    That is one VERY beautiful blade.... 

    But I have to ask, NZ has a 2 cent coin?  Can you post a pic because I want to see this. hell ill send you money so you can ship me one, my kids would love a couple of them, as they are always " giving their two cents " on matters so if you send me like 5 bucks USD in them, I can hand them to them and they can hand them back when they want to pipe up. 


    Hi Robert,  they were taken out of circulation some years ago, they were too expensive to produce and somehow I collected a heap of them, now our smallest currency is a miserable copper plated steel 10 cents piece. I am quite happy to send you a few but I would not have enough to send you $5 worth.


  5. Hi All

    This knife was made for a presentation unfortunately due to Covid it was postponed to a later date. It had to have a New Zealand flavour

    The handle is made from New Zealand Native Pohutukawa and fittings are made from sterling silver and coin bronze, (NZ one and two cents coins) The pommel is set with a New Zealand Greenstone

    The total length of the knife is, 27.5 cm. the blade measures 14 cm.

    261 a Presentation.JPG

    261 b Presentation.JPG

    261 e Presentation.JPG

    261 g Presentation.JPG

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  6. On 5/16/2020 at 10:33 AM, Gary LT said:

    My goodness Richard this is stunning. I admire all your work but these fittings really floored me. I truly like this piece you’ve done.

    I am trying to wrap my mind around how you were able to do this. Not that I could!

    Gary LT


    Hi Gary

    Thanks for the compliment. It is really not that complicated to make those fittings, but then it helps having over 35 years experience as a gold smith.

    Thanks for the compliments guys.



  7. My latest Sgian Dubh, Pattern welded blade approx. 450 layers, bone handle capped with Sterling Silver fittings and pins and set with a New Zealand Greenstone (Nephrite)
    Total length 20 cm, Blade 10.5 cm.
    Scabbard leather and Sterling Silver.
    With special thanks to Maisie who cleaned up the bones.






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  8. 14 minutes ago, Kevin Colwell said:

    good to see your work again. I came back after time away (like a salmon, returning to the place of my birth, only I won't lay eggs or die).


    really good work with the bronze. I never learned to cast anything but ingots so I can recycle cutoffs. 

    keep posting your work, it always makes me happy to see it. 

    Hi Kevin, 

    A lot of cheaper stuff keeps me busy these days and I don't really like posting it, yes I melt the coins and poor them into a mold, than I can forge it to required thickness or until my jewellery rolling mill can take it so I can roll it to about 1.5 mm and manufacture the fittings. 

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