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    Dirk from Mike McRae at Scotia Metalworks

    Several months ago, I commissioned Mike McRae of Scotia Metalworks (http://www.scotiametalwork.com/index.html) to make a replica of a cutdown backsword dirk with a double fuller and a false edge circa 1745, using ebony for the handle and replacing the normal brass with stainless steel. My clan chief's livery colors are sable and argent (black and silver/white). I also requested he fashion an engrailed cross shield on the pommel. This is my chief's undifferentiated arms, which he has granted Clan Sinclair organizations permission to use as symbols of Clan Sinclair. Overall length is 16 1/4" and the blade is 12" 5160 steel. The handle is ebony with thistle, triquetra, and celtic knot carvings. The furniture is stainless steel instead of brass, with a crescent shaped ferrule, a pommel cap with engrailed cross shield added, and a threaded tang nut. Here are some pictures:
    Allen Sinclair, FSA Scot
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    North Carolina Commissioner
    Clan Sinclair Association (USA)


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    Absolutely beautiful Allen, and you're the fellow who will have opportunities to wear it properly. Well done Cuz!
    Rev'd Father Bill White: Retired Parish Priest & Elementary Headmaster, lover of God, people (most of them!) dogs, joy, humour & clarity. Legion Padre, theologian, teacher, philosopher, linguist, traditionalist, bon-vivant, encourager of hearts & souls & a firm believer in dignity, decency, & duty. A proud Canadian Sinclair.

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    Allen:

    That’s a beauty! Mike does great work.

    He made the dirk I have hanging over the fireplace (along with a targe, broadsword, backsword and steel pistol).

    Congratulations on a fine acquisition!

    Cheers,

    SM

    P.S. Here’s mine:

    Shaun Maxwell
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    Clan Maxwell Society

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    Quote Originally Posted by Father Bill View Post
    Absolutely beautiful Allen, and you're the fellow who will have opportunities to wear it properly. Well done Cuz!
    Thank you, cousin. I had planned to just add it to my displays at my Clan Sinclair tent at Highland Games and maybe use it to address the odd Haggis every now and then. However, SWMBO, @carolinanan117, mentioned that now I need to get a belt so I can wear it. Oh, well.
    Allen Sinclair, FSA Scot
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    North Carolina Commissioner
    Clan Sinclair Association (USA)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaunMaxwell View Post
    Allen:

    That’s a beauty! Mike does great work.

    He made the dirk I have hanging over the fireplace (along with a targe, broadsword, backsword and steel pistol).

    Congratulations on a fine acquisition!

    Cheers,

    SM

    P.S. Here’s mine:

    Thanks, Shaun. Yours is quite lovely. Mike really is an artist.
    Allen Sinclair, FSA Scot
    Eastern Region Vice President
    North Carolina Commissioner
    Clan Sinclair Association (USA)

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    Absolutely beautiful wear it well.

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    i'm envious, both dirks look very nice. i've been trying to get Mike to make a couple of knives for me since late 2019. We've exchanged many emails but never seem to connect long enough to close the deal. Just my bad luck really.
    "I know of no inspiration to be got from trousers."
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    Beautiful Indeed !! Congratulations !!

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    Wow!

    Beautiful piece

    Green with envy.
    Tulach Ard

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    Beautiful!

    So very much more elegant and traditional that the High Victorian ones dripping with silver and jewels.
    Proud Mountaineer from the Highlands of West Virginia; son of the Revolution and Civil War; first Europeans on the Guyandotte

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