"Well I opened the box today and checked
everything out quickly and made sure nothing had come out of place or anything.
Everything was intact, so I unwrapped it to give it a quick once-over before
packing it back up.
It looks outstanding. The carving, the lettering, the metalwork. Everything
about it is poetry. I did not notice that the dagger suspension was angled until
I looked at it myself. Pretty nice setup. What I like the most about your work
is how meticulous and fussy you are about the smallest things. That is my way
too. Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of
themselves. The staining looks very rich and deep as well. It looks a bit darker
than in the pictures but that is fine with me.
Did you lacquer the chapes? They looked shiny and felt very smooth. Nice aging
work too. Handsome and subtle. I couldn't be more pleased with it. It really is
a magnificent unit. It looks even better in person. Everything seems to go
together so well. It was a struggle to put it away. But it won't be that long
before I get it back. Thanks for doing such a fine job. I will take good care of
it. It ranks right up there with my Polish helmet. And that is high praise. ;)
- J. Arbogast
"Received the sword and sheath
yesterday.. they are amazing! Thank you for the excellent work on the stealth
and refurbishing the blade- it looks good as new, and the pack job ensured
everything reached me unscathed.
Thanks again for your detailed work, I look forward to displaying this
magnificent combo for years to come.
- John M.
"I received sword and scabbard
yesterday. I was really floored by it! Your reputation is well earned. Having
owned scabbards from various makers I can say without a doubt you make the
finest (scabbards) I have ever seen! The craftsmanship and attention to detail are second to
It was late in the evening but I couldn't wait to give it to my grandfather. My
grandfather is retired but was a machinist by trade and a natural craftsman.
When I presented it to him he too was floored by the detail. He could tell it
was the finest work. I laughed and told him I had been owing him a scabbard for
a while now (10 years).
I want to thank you for your hard work and for this opportunity to own such a
piece of art. My grandfather generally doesn't like people giving him gifts but
this brought him to tears!
Thank you again my friend"
- David Stokes.
"If you are shopping for a quality
scabbard you will be hard-pressed to match the care and workmanship that Brian
puts into his work. The precision and detail you see in his scabbard gallery are
twice as beautiful in person. When my scabbard arrived in the mail I found
myself tearing open the package like a kid on Christmas. Brian built my scabbard
without ever seeing my sword. Yet the blade fits in the scabbard like a glove!
It's considerably lighter than I expected and it even has that wonderful leather
smell! The detail is exquisite and the leather is top notch. The sword
compliments the scabbard, not the other way around. On top of all that, Brian is
a nice guy and easy to work with! What more could you ask for?"
- Joshua B.
"She's a beauty! I came back with a few
old army mates and I just couldn't wait, so I pulled the wrapping off like a kid
opening a Christmas present. "Oh very nice." one squealed. Haha. Nodding heads
all round. It impresses everyone that sees it and demands attention as soon as
you walk in the room. It already has pride of place in my bedroom, front of the
Albion pack. I already cleaned the Vigil last night, ready for the scabbard
arriving. Perfect timing! A real thing of beauty and something I'll treasure
forever. I'm desperately hooked and want every sword I own to rest in a DBK
scabbard. Thank you so much, Brian. It really takes a first hand view to
appreciate this level of skill. Remarkable in every sense.
Cheers mate! I'll be back for more, many more!"
- Chris P.
"I sent off my sword not really knowing
what I wanted, but knew that I wanted Brian to make it for me after seeing his
work online. I gave him creative control and a vague idea of things I liked, and
he rose to the challenge and went above and beyond anything I envisioned. The
fit and finish of the scabbard for my Albion Sovereign is superb! The attention
to detail alone makes it worth every penny and more. He was extremely friendly
and patient, and very flexible about my strange shipping situation; his great
customer service made the whole process completely painless. He is truly a
master of his craft and I recommend anyone who owns a fancy yet naked sword
should get it dressed by the best, and as far as I can tell, DBK is the best."
- Taylor Westphal
I just got the Caithness scabbard in the mail. It fits perfectly and looks
fantastic. Thank you once again for a beautiful scabbard. The best way of
thanking you is to make another commission.
All the best,"
- Peter C.
"The best praise of your work
however may not be found in any number fancy words, but in the fact that I not
only plan to be a returning customer who has a wish for some predetermined
styles and pieces; rather someone who actively wants to let his choices be
influenced in order to let you do what you do best.
- Rune Vildhøj
"With the DBK Custom Laird and sheath I
feel I have a pairing here worth heirloom status. To bastardize Patek Philippe's
slogan, "You never actually own a DBK Custom, you merely look after it for the
Thanks again for the great Laird!"
Meng Lee Khaw
Just took the sword and scabbard out of the box and what can I say. . . Perfect!
It looks amazing in person, the tooling is sensational. Thank you so much for
bringing this dream to life.
All the best,"
"After reading all the other
testimonials, all I can add is I am completely happy with Brian's craftmanship
and his expertise which is second to none. Being a grandson of a shoemaker
(cobbler) and working with leather off and on, I can truly say beyond a doubt,
Brian's creations are the best in the world.
--Michael Sebastian Salerno
Just some news on my scabbards from France : as you can see on the pictures
joined, your Arn Scabbard is good on foot...and on a medieval horse (with a
In my hands, your scabbards are not intended to be hung to a
All the best!"
Just went to the office and picked up the sword and scabbard. The pictures were
great, but it's so much better in person. It's absolutely perfect, and I can
easily say the scabbard enhances the sword tenfold. It is without a doubt my
absolute favorite possession. My wife went so far as to say "We need to add this
to our insurance, it is and will be a family heirloom." So there you have it,
even the wife is into it- so you know it's golden.
Thanks a ton for everything! I greatly appreciate it."
"Lots and lots of searching for custom
scabbard makers. I went through pretty much every single medieval based forum
online. I read a lot of reviews, and looked at a few people but all research
pointed to you being the best/easiest to work with. You also had one of the more
extensive portfolios and I really appreciated your attention to detail in our
I'm a VERY persnickety person when it comes to correspondence and clarity. And
my first impression was that more than anything, my email actually mattered to
you. I didn't get that feeling from any of the other people I contacted. That
and the quality of your work online sealed the deal for me.
All the research proved correct. You've been an absolute pleasure to work with
and I can't imagine anyone being able to come close to what you made, let alone
top it. I'm probably only ever going to have this one piece, and it is THE BEST"
I received the sword and scabbard today. It is gorgeous! Thanks again. It has
been a pleasure to work with you, and the result is an enduring work of art."
I just received the leather pouch from you. Fantastic.
Thanks once again for superb service.
"Yeah, these things are awesome. The
tooling is insane. I can't figure out if the dark color is from the burnishing
or you went in with a small brush and applied a darker dye. ha -- I just sat and
stared at them for about 30 minutes trying to take it all in. I would have to
say that I appreciate the workmanship on these much more having attempted a work
of my own."
"My Reeve and Scabbard arrived, and both
are safely in hand. What can I say? It is beautiful! Absolutely a work of art! I
love the way it looks, and it feels solid. Very well built. The colors look
great and compliment the sword. You are an artist at your craft, and overall I
think you captured the aesthetic I wanted perfectly. Definitely knocked this one
out the park! I am very happy with how it turned out, and I can’t wait till we
can do our next project: my Albion Norman.
Great Job Brian!"
I got the scabbard !!! It is great, it looks faultless, a real masterpiece,
serious. It is for the first time I see such a complex suspension in the flesh,
and my wife and I were wondering if everything is made out of one piece of
leather (besides the second belt). Again, thank you very much, when I have a
costume for next years fantasy fair in the Netherlands, I will send you a photo.
Just received my Vigil scabbard from you. You packaged it really well and I
thank you for that. The scabbard is beautiful. It looks much better than even
the photos showed. Thank you so much. Your work is always impressive. It is so
nice to have makers who still have integrity and produce top quality in this day
All the best,"
"WOW!!! You've outdone yourself
Brian. I got the Crecy this morning and was expecting the scabbard on Monday. My
wife answered the door just now and asked me, "Did you buy ANOTHER sword?"
hahaha. It was the scabbard. As great as the pictures are, they don't do it
justice. The scabbard is incredible. The fit is perfect and the color is
One of these days I'm going to get a Kingmaker, and you will absolutely have a
return customer for the scabbard!
truly craft superior scabbards Brian. I own two, one for the Albion Knight and
one for the Albion Arn. They were bought 'sword-less' and fit the blades exactly.
The craftsmanship on the
belts is lovely to behold. The period lining and use of veg-tanned leather makes
these scabbards pieces of living history for the discerning medieval re-enactor.
"The package arrived safe and sound. It
is gorgeous! Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this scabbard.
I know the locket was a pain in the ass but it really does add tremendously to
the overall look! I appreciate the effort. The fine details are really nice. The
saddle tan leather is a really good color to help the tooling show up.
Everything is beyond my expectations, and my expectations were high. I am very
happy with this scabbard and am eagerly awaiting our next project! I'll have to
have a sword made as all my swords now have scabbards! I'm thinking a type X
with a Brazil Nut! Anyway, thanks for the great work, I love this scabbard!"
"The whole rig looks better in person
then in the photos if that can be believed. I let Brian have free reign with the
design and colors and it matches the sword perfect. This is the second scabbard
and belt that Brian has made for me and it is even better then the first. I
highly recommend Brian. His customer service and willingness to work with you
are simply second to none. I am very proud to own both the great sword, the
center piece of my small collection, that Michael Pikula that Brian has now made
a rig worth of the blade truly making the package my cherished!
Thank you very much Brian."
yea man!!! I got it!!! I worked from home today so I could get it…pics are
forthcoming! Here’s a couple so you can see…it is a snug fit, like a glove. I
can shake it upside down and it won’t slide out- man, you did an AWESOME job.
Thing is, the pics don’t do it justice…in hand, I can really appreciate the work
that went into it. Thanks again man, its funny…I’ve been eyeing your work for
years but again, nothing like seeing it up close and personal. I’ll be sure to
review it on SBG and SN (and other sites that you may or may not be a member of
"I just received my Sovereign scabbard! I
think it's my favourite scabbard, and the best you ever made, from my point of
view! The Sovereign was my favourite sword, now it's my favourite scabbard too!
I challenged you for several special requests as the two risers, or the relief
shape of the rain guard and the lacing-up of the bottom of the belt, and you
made all my requests with talent! Really you are a great
scabbard maker! Really I want to thank you for the high quality of your work!
And thank you for your suggestions when we planned this scabbard!"
amazing : I just received today the Arn scabbard ! French post isn't so bad as I
supposed. The scabbard is very nice, the sword fit very well, exactly as I
dreamed ! Thank you a lot for such a quality ! Here a picture of me wearing the
scabbard and the sword, in medieval clothes (late XIIIth century, Germanic area)
All the best,"
"I have to say that if you own a
Barbarian Atlantean from Albion, you really OWE it to yourself to get one of
these scabbards because it truly complements and enhances the sword and as a
whole presents one of the most amazing displays you can put together from the
movie. It's almost like Conan himself gave his blade for you to hold."
"It's here! Ah, bitter irony, that I
stayed home from work due to being sick, and ended up driving over just to pick
it up. :) It's fantastic, I'm extremely pleased."
"Brian's completed 6 commissions for
me, and I am very happy with them all. Each has a very unique character. Most
look like they came from different, though equally talented artisans. He's good
at capturing a variety of looks and time periods. And all my dealings with him
have demonstrated the utmost in professionalism."
"I just wanted you let you know how
pleased and impressed I am with the scabbard that you made for my Brescia. The
colors are perfect. I thought that the oxblood belt and suspension might be a
bit too “red” after seeing the pictures, but in person it is just stunning, a
slightly reddish brown, exactly like I wanted. I know you mentioned that oxblood
is a difficult color to work with, but I think it turned out just right. The
tooling work is fantastic. Subtle and elegant, just as I asked for. Your
suggestions in that regard were spot on. I really don’t think that it could have
turned out any better. Thank you again, you have provided me with a beautiful
accessory to my sword, and working with you could not have been easier or more
pleasant. After seeing the finished scabbard, I think most of my Schola study
group has a new appreciation for what a finely crafted, custom scabbard can add
to a fine weapon."
"Hi Brian, Just received the
scabbard from you and I must say that the packaging was awesome. I don't think a
tank would have made an impression. Now about the scabbard. You make a top
quality product and I am thrilled with the result. Well done and I thank you.
You have made my week. Cheers,"
"Swords are back home and everything
looks great! Love the grip on the longsword - thank you for doing a great job on
that. Scabbards and belt great as always.
So when can I send the next one?"
"I wanted to let you know I received the
sword and scabbard and they are absolutely beautiful. The scabbard is perfect.
The quality of craftsmanship on every part of it is truly amazing. The crest on
the scabbard and the spot work on the pommel came out great too! Every detail
looks fantastic. Thank you very much for you work on this. The end product is
"Hah wow, that looks just exquisite! What
beautiful colors those are, both lush and worn at the same time. Oh wow that
belt is perfect, just enough decoration. The terminated throat is gorgeous.
Those buckles are really cool, they look so old. The double belt suspension is
really cool, and I love the pressed detail. The lines down by the chape and the
chape itself, perfect. The worn leather makes it look like it's someone's daily
use sword, like a part of a normal set of attire, like a wallet is nowadays.
What a great job you've done with this one, and the Dane too. I think I'm
getting your best work yet."
"The scabbard arrived safe and not an
mark on it and as for the packing the post person asked is there an cannon in
that package. I just smiled at him and said no there is something better. When I
unpacked it and my wife saw it she was amazed how nice it was and the sword
fitment was so perfect in the way it slid in and out all but the last two inches
when you lightly pushed it to close and you heard that nice sound of a click.
Your attention to detail also impressed both of us the belt embossing was superb
and the little acorn I think it is on the belt and scabbard was an really nice
touch over all I am very impressed as is my wife who has an really good spot in
our stairwell to display your handy work. So you have another more than happy
customer and when it is time to order another scabbard ONLY one person springs
Thank you so much Brian."
"The Scabbard has arrived and quite
honestly I have never seen anything like it. C'est magnifique! Truly a work of
medieval art! Some of my colleagues think me a very strange woman because I can
call a tool of mayhem and violent death beautiful but the truth is that I do.
You and your apprentice should have lived eight hundred years ago in my country,
the Languedoc region of what is now southern France, where knights and princes
would have stood in line for your skills. Looking at the scabbard, so
beautifully marked with the sign under which my ancestors, Les Faidits, fought
the French invaders from the north, I cannot help but feel directly connected to
their memory. I did not mention that the Steward and your scabbard will be
accompanying me to Washington as a teaching tool for use in a lecture I am
giving in medieval studies at Georgetown. Thank you again for a wonderful piece of art.
With kindest regards,
"Brian, Just a quick note to let you know
I got the package last night and it works perfectly with all swords. It fits the
Caithness, Laird and Knight perfectly. The Squire Line Knightly is much more
snug, but it still works. It will work as well as the others when I finish
grinding and polishing the blade. This is a win BIG TIME for a multi-use
scabbard. The decoration you went with seems perfect for all swords involved.
And the new belt spacing works great. Now if I can just keep from beating it up
from all the use it’s likely to get.
"Just received the Arn scabbard
today. This is the best made scabbard I have ever seen and I have quite a few.
Very awesome and WELL worth the money! Thanks for making such a great product."
"I'm blown away, that is just
beautiful. You've got the balance between austerity and decoration perfectly,
I'm really really pleased! Plus I certainly didn't expect to see the finished
product so soon!"
"It's so subtle yet so beautiful, a
perfect match to the sword. It's even more than I hoped for, and I'm so glad to
say that this one is mine. I'll highly recommend you to all my friends and
anyone who is interested in a quality scabbard (or great piece of art). Cannot
wait to see it in person. Once again, thanks so much for being such a great
person to work with!"
"The scabbard is as I have said
earlier from looking at pictures, fantastic. It is worth every dollar. When I
inserted my sword into the scabbard, I was amazed when it fit 100% perfectly. It
slides all the way in, tightening at the last 10 centimeters until the
cross-guard is perfectly aligned at the wooden cores opening. The fit is just
perfect, and I must say that you have really achieved a perfect result on this
scabbard. Your work is a work of art, and I will cherish it highly. Thank you
very much for an outstanding scabbard at a good price. It has been a real
pleasure, from start to finish. Your service is beyond expectations."
"What you can't appreciate from the
photos alone is the high quality fit of the scabbards that Brian is making. This
one fits this particular sword like a nice glove. The sword exits and enters the
scabbard so smoothly and quietly that movement in and out of the scabbard is
effortless, yet, the scabbard grips the sword just enough that it will not fall
out when turned upside down. That's not a trivial thing given the rather complex
Type XVIII profile curve and the diamond cross section of the blade in this
particular case. Nor do the photos tell you about the customer service you get.
I feel like Brian always listens carefully to me at the start of a commission
and manages to capture exactly what I am looking for in a scabbard. I can't
recommend this highly talented artisan enough!"
"The detail and workmanship on your scabbard is absolutely amazing. I have never seen anyone produce such high quality scabbards. To say that I was impressed is an understatement!"
"Took delivery today. Very impressive. I never realized how important the belt and scabbard are. What struck me most is how easily I can withdraw the weapon. A medieval Milt Sparks rig."
"At this moment I am sitting in my office staring at this scabbard. Tough to say but the pictures don't do it justice. This is a true work of art, and I am now waiting for delivery of my Knecht from Albion so Brian can perform his magic on that. I recommend Brian highly to all who are in need of a beautiful scabbard. Thanks again."
"You make the best damn scabbards I have ever seen!"
"I received my scabbard and re-gripped swords today from Brian. Simply put it's the best scabbard I've seen close up. It fits the sword perfectly and is truly beautiful. It's also extremely well made and the photos do not do it justice. If anyone is contemplating ordering a scabbard or a regrip from him, I can't say enough good things, and I would tell them to run their swords down to the post office and send them over to him right away."
"Brian, it is even better up close than the pictures showed. Your detail work on the leather is fabulous. I am very happy."
-- Tom R.
"I just received my sword and scabbard! Everything was received safe and sound and nicely packaged. The most immediate thought that came to mind as I viewed the scabbard with my own eyes (in complete awe) was pictures indeed do not do this scabbard justice! One must truly see this scabbard in person to really appreciate the fine detail. From the craftsmanship of the intricately tooled design to the way the scabbard was constructed, this is indeed a work of art! Thanks to you, my Albion Knight has a home it can be proud of! When I do purchase my next Albion, you can bet that I'll be contacting you again! Thanks again and it certainly was an absolute pleasure doing business with you!
"The UPS man dropped off the case about 15 minutes ago. I am working from home today, so I was able to go get it immediately. And I have to tell you I was eager to see the piece. It was like being 12 at Christmas again. I certainly wasn't disappointed. This is a freakin' WORK OF ART! It looks like something that should be in a high-end museum display of realistic weapons and accessories from medieval Europe in the 1200s. Thanks again for doing such a fine job on this scabbard."
-- Mike H.
"I'm impressed. This is really stunning Brian. Great class, top notch workmanship and impeccable service. Dealing with you as been a real pleasure, you can count on me to be back."
"Yes they arrived last night and they are much nicer then I expected. I was up til 1am because I couldn't put mine down. I even did some midnight cutting with it. You really did pick two great pieces. Thanks so much for doing that. And the comfort and performance of those grips with both the risers and the leather wrap are great improvements on the typical G2 handles."
-- Christian S.
"Another plus - this is the one sword that my wife thinks looks good enough to display in our bedroom. Seriously."