This sgian dubh is made of imitation staghorn and features carved knotwork on the top the handle. On the back of the handle, two lines from the famous poem "My Heart is in the Highlands" by Robert Burns is carved into a beautiful landscape of the Scottish countryside. The blade is pewter that has been plated with Palladium. It is set in a genuine leather sheath, and is 7 and 1/2 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.
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Great daywear sgian dubh
Posted by John on 23rd Jan 2021
This sgian dubh is a great addition to any daywear attire or help with a historical highlander look. Has a great inscription on the back of the handle of a poem by Robert Burns. This also came with a very nice presentation box, highly recommended!