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Sgian Dubhs

The Sgian Dubh, in Scots Gaelic, translates as black knife. There are many different variations of the spelling such as Skene Dhu, Skene Du, Skean Dhu and Skein Dubh all of which have the same pronunciation, 'skeen doo'.

There are several different theories on the origins of the Sgian Dubh, one suggestion is that the name Sgian Dubh (black knife) relates to the fact that the weapon was concealed about the body. After the failed Jacobite rebellion of 1745, which culminated in the defeat at the battle of Culloden of 1746, the carrying of arms, and wearing of tartan, was banned by an act of parliament. During this period it became common practice to conceal a utility knife secretively under the oxter. Whislt among friends the knife would be displayed openly which led to today's custom of carrying the knife in the top of the right kilt hose with the handle protruding above the hose turnover.

Another suggestion is that the name simply refers to the look of the knife - the handle was often carved from ancient bog oak which was darkened and preserved by the acidic peat bogs of the Scottish Highlands.

We have a strict policy of only stocking the finest quality Sgian Dubhs, all of which are made in Scotland by Scottish craftsmen using natural materials - no poor quality imports from South Asia guaranteed!

All of our Sgian Dubhs are constructed from quality natural materials such as wood, shed antler and leather, no cheap tacky plastic handles guaranteed! Our range of Sgian Dubhs varies from classic simple designs, which are similar to the original knife of the Highlands, to dressier sgian dubhs with sterling silver inserts.


Ebony Celtic Sgian Dubh

Hand made in the Highlands Ebony Celtic Sgian Dubh

This real Sgian Dubh features a bullhorn top and a sleek ebony handle which is inset with a polished pewter Celtic knot. The handle trim is in a 6000 year old light bog oak from the Isle of Mull and a quality stainless steel blade and a Celtic tooled leather scabbard complete this stylish knif...

Mull Silver Blackwood Sgian Dubh

A stunning silver capped Skean Dhu Mull Silver Blackwood Sgian Dubh

This Sgian Dubh is a favourite of ours, the silver cap makes it perfect for day or evening wear. The craftsman-made knife has a smooth Blackwood handle with ancient light bog oak trim, a Mull silver cap, and a high quality stainless steel blade. This impressive Scottish knife comes with a thick b...

Ancient Bog Oak Celtic Silver Sgian Dubh

6000 Years Old Scottish Bog Oak Ancient Bog Oak Celtic Silver Sgian Dubh

This stylish Skean Dhu has an ancient bog oak handle with an Iona silver Celtic insert, bog oak trim, a quality stainless steel blade and a bullhorn cap. The quality of this sgian dubh really shines through making it ideal for both day-wear and more formal occasions.

The bog oak used on the h...

Sgian Dubh - Scottish Antler

Naturally Shed Red Deer Stag Antler Sgian Dubh - Scottish Antler

This is an impressive day Sgian Dubh handmade which is made by a Highland craftsman who uses the finest natural materials.

The Sgian Dubh is composed of an authentic stag coronet handle with a rosewood back, ebony trim, a high quality stainless steel blade and a fine Celtic embossed leather sh...

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