The Sgian-dubh traditional Scottish knife
The sgian-dubh is a small, single-edged knife worn as part of traditional Scottish Highland dress along with the kilt. Originally used for eating and preparing fruit, meat, and cutting bread and cheese, as well as serving for other more general day-to-day uses such as cutting material and protection, it is now worn as part of traditional Scottish dress tucked into the top of the kilt hose with only the upper portion of the hilt visible.
The sgian-dubh is normally worn on the same side as the dominant hand.
The sgian-dubh can be seen in portraits of kilted men of the mid-19th century.
Various alternative spellings are found in English, including “skene-dhu” and “skean-dhu”.
Blade length: 8cm
Total Length: 16cm
Blade shape: Spear point
Blade steel: N690
Handle: Oryx Horn
If you like the Sgian-Dubh, you might also like the Fairbairn Sykes commando dagger knife.
This Knife is also available in other animal materials and African hardwood. Wood handles are included in cost.
For animal material, see Handle Material Page.