The Sgian Dubh Company have been manufacturing Sgian Dubh in Scotland for over 30 years, gradually developing their range over this time. They now have the best Sgian Dubh range available anywhere in the World with a wide variety of styles to appeal to all, and now we are able to offer the full range here on our website.
The term Sgian Dubh is most commonly pronounced in English ‘Skee-an Doo’
The Sgian Dubh is a small ornamental Knife traditionally worn in the top of the sock by a Highlander in Scotland. Normally worn in the right sock by right-handed people, and the left sock by left handed… making sure it is always on your dominant side when going into battle. It should be positioned so that only the hilt (handle) is visible. In the modern highland outfit, the Sgian Dubh has taken a more aesthetic than practical role, adding some decoration to the Kilt Hose. It is said to have originally been part of a set of knives that were used by servants to clean, skin and dress the meat after the Lord (or Laird as they were known in Scotland) of the manor and his party had been out hunting game, actually nothing to do with battle! Although, we’re sure a few were possibly used then too…
The name is Scots Gaelic – the word ‘sgian’ means knife or dagger and ‘dubh’ means black, referring to the colour of the handle which was originally made from black hardwood. Various spellings of the word are recorded in different books including skean, skian and skein. The word dubh can also be spelt dhu.
The majority of the Sgian Dubhs we offer are made with top quality Pewter mounts and Stainless Steel blades, however we do have a selection made from other materials.
Pewter is an alloy of tin with copper and antimony. It has been used since the Middle Ages to produce drinking vessels, tableware, quaichs, flasks and decorative mounts for knives. The Pewter used in all the Sgian Dubhs is lead free and is either highly polished or plated with palladium, silver or copper to give a variety of different finishes. There is also a small range of Silver mounted models.
All Sgian Dubhs we sell comply with the 2010 Knife Dealers Legislation in Scotland as all Sgian Dubh Company blades are less than 3.5 inches long. For safety reasons all Sgian Dubh blades are now supplied blunt.
Here on the A Scents Of Scotland website we have the full range of Sgian Dubhs, Kilt Pins in both Pewter and Silver, Scottish Quiachs, quality Pocket Watches and Kilt Accessories especially suited to Highland Dress of all styles.