This sgian dubh offers a red Maltese Cross design with polished pewter castings in interwoven patterns. It is finished with a red enamel well-like stone on the top and is 8 inches long. This is a top quality knife that is made in Scotland.
The words in Gaelic for dagger ('sgian') and black ('dubh') i.e. black dagger, were used because the handle was often made of bog oak which was jet black in appearance (a very hard wood suitable for the purpose). The handles on the stag knives simulate horn which was also traditionally used.
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.