Hand crafted Scottish Sgian Dubh with a genuine whisky barrel handle.
Hand forged from an antique cross cut saw, the sgian dubh has a distinct profile tapering to a central point. The handle has been hand carved from genuine reclaimed whiskey barrel stave from distilleries across the North East of Scotland including the famed Speyside. It has then been hand dyed a unique moss green to reflect the Scottish Highlands.
The sgian dubh comes with a bespoke green leather sheath with brass rivets. It would be as equally lovely as a flash of colour in any Scotman's highland dress or for outdoor use.
Dimensions: Total: 6.5" (16.5cm) Blade: 3.5" (8.8cm) UK legal carry with highland dress
----------What is a Sgian Dubh?------------------
The sgian dubh is a intrinsic part of Scottish identify - as much as part of the national image as the bagpipes or kilts! There are many legends and tales about its origins but scholars believe that it originated from the "sgian achlais" meaning "armpit knife" which was worn underneath Highlander's jackets. Who was friend and who was foe was not always clear, so it was customary in the 17th and 18th centuries for Highlanders to reveal any hidden weapons when going into someone's home. Taking the knife out from underneath the jacket and placing it in the top of the kilt hose (tall sock) meant that it was visible but always within reach.
The tradition of the sgian dubh endures into modern life. Frequently, it is worn as a the finishing touch to traditional Scottish dress - a true Scot wouldn't be caught at any wedding, celebration or big event without one! Historically the knife was a multi-purpose every day tool used for protection, hunting, survival and everything in between. In keeping with this, all my sgian dubhs are functional to keep the heritage alive.