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Blades of Honor and Elegance - Sgian Dubhs at USA Kilts


Highlanders typically carried full sets of various weapons. Sgian / Skean Dubh, pronounced "Skeen Doo" means "black knife" in Gaelic. The sgian dubh knife was a small backup weapon and utility blade, usually concealed in the folds of the Great Kilt. Over the years, it became customary to take out your sgian dubh and tuck it in the top of your kilt hose when you were among friends. “Black knife” may refer to the dark colored wood used for the handles, or to the idea that it was a hidden weapon.

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Every knife sold by USA Kilts is a real sgian dubh, made in the UK. Our line includes the rustic antler sgian dubh with genuine Scottish Red Deer stag horn handle. In addition to the stag horn sgian dubh, we also offer a popular Damascus sgian dubh as well as one with a real bog oak handle!


Our formal sgian dubhs for sale include the traditional clan crest sgian dubh and the Masonic sgian dubh -- each comes with a customizable jewel pommel so you can pick a jewel to match your tartan colors.


Sgian Dubh FAQ:


How big is a Scottish Sgian Dubh?

The average sgian dubh blade is 3.4” (8.6 cm) in length.  Sgian dubhs usually have an overall length of 7.6“ (19.5 cm).

 

Are your Sgian Dubhs sharp?
All of our sgian dubh for sale have steel blades, but are not sharpened before delivery, unless otherwise noted. We offer a sgian dubh bottle opener and a safety sgian dubh for occasions when carrying a blade is not appropriate or not permitted. Check these options if you want to buy sgian dubh for younger people.


Is there a specific Irish Sgian Dubh?

There is no type of sgian that is specifically Irish. But there are many beautiful designs made just for Irishmen featuring Irish symbols such as the shamrock, the Irish harp and Irish family crests.


What is a Regimental Sgian Dubh?

A regimental or military sgian dubh is one worn as part of military dress by Scottish officers or bagpipe band members. It may have military insignia on the handle such as the heraldic symbol of the regiment - for example, the brass St. Andrew insignia on the sgian dubh of the Black Watch. Occasionally, people misuse this term for the Officer’s Sgian Dubh - the multi-tool style of practical sgian dubh knife which, according to tradition, was first invented in World War One.


How do you spell Sgian Dubh?

A typical alternate spelling is Skean Dubh. However, you will find many many misspellings and variations online. The most typical are: scian dubh, sghian dubh, sgian dhub, sgian dugh, skian dubh, sign dubh, sgain dubh, skin dubh, and skin doo.