Designed with safety in mind, this sgian dubh has no blade and cannot open. It features a black body with pewter thistle designs. It is finished with a smooth and simplistic top, and is 7 and 1/2 inches long. This is a top quality sgian dubh. Made in Scotland.
The SGIAN DUBH (pronounced skee-an-doo) is the ornamental knife traditionally work in the top of the sock by the highlander. The sgian dubh is normally worn on the same side as your dominant hand. The name in Gaelic - the word sgian means knife or dagger and dubh means black, referring to the color of the handle which was made from black hardwood. Various spellings of the word are recorded in different books, including skean, skian, and skein. The word dubh can also be spelled dhu.
The traditional evening wear sgian dubh has a pattern and a Cairngorm stone decorating the top. Other styles have been made using simple wooden or horn handles. These are normally regarded as day wear and date back to the beginning of the last century.
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Quality made Sgian Dubh but...
Posted by Mark F. on 11th Jan 2020
BLUF, the Sgian Dubh is well made with a quality blade, fortunately not made in China, but made in Scotland, where it should be. I understood the notes about the blade not being sharpened but would have preferred the blade to be sharpened. Is this some sort of law in Britain not to send out sharp blades? Again, the product is good and worth the buy.