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"Carl's Lounge" (Off-Topic Discussion, Traditional Knife "Tales & Vignettes")

Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by jackknife, Jul 5, 2010.

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  1. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I may need to get a sgian dubh, dirk, claybeg, and claymore after all. And bagpipes. My cousin's found us a Scottish ancestress. With a name like Isabel Princes[sic] van Scotland, I don't expect to find a tartan for her, though.
     
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  2. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    It's been 105 degrees here the last few days. But that's kind of typical for this time of year.
    What made it tough is that our air conditioner quit on us. It was getting over 90 degrees in the house. :eek:
    We finally got the A/C fixed and everything is good now. :cool::thumbsup:
     
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  3. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Gotta have that AC!
     
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  4. mitch4ging

    mitch4ging Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 16, 2015
    Dang John, that's rough! They always seem to go out at the worst possible time! Was it a swamp cooler or a hvac unit?
     
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  5. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Sorry, only just seen this. Good luck Jeff, hope everything goes well :thumbsup:
     
  6. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    That's great Jeff !!! Prayers up.
     
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  7. glennbad

    glennbad Knife Moddin' Fool Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 13, 2003
    Up until last year, I had never seen one of these in person. This guy is hanging around outside my office window today.

    walking stick.jpg
     
  8. 5K Qs

    5K Qs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2014
    Probably, like most of us here, he's attracted by your fantastic decor! ;):thumbsup::thumbsup:

    - GT
     
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  9. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    HVAC... But it's all good now. :cool::thumbsup:
     
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  10. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I don't see many images of antique sgian dubhs, and I'm dubious of the modern ones. Dirks were made from the pointy ends of broken swords, but is there any reason why a 3" utility/holdout knife should have bits of fuller or toothy back on it?
     
  11. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    Most of the modern ones are "tourist pieces". Paul, user name pmew, who lives in Scotland, was determined to get a functional authentic sgian dubh a few years ago. He ended up having one made for him by a custom maker who specializes in them.
    I don't think the picture will show if I quote it, but if you go to the post below you will see that piece of gorgeousness, along with the name of the maker.
    https://www.bladeforums.com/threads...ixed-blade-knife.1172542/page-2#post-13427968

    Add:
    More info on the knife here plus several posts and links to information on sgian dubhs
    https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/sgian-dubh.1066550/
     
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  12. scrteened porch

    scrteened porch Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    @knarfeng, thanks for the links. I'd forgotten pmew's quest.

    My guess would be that the old using knives got used up and tossed or lost, and that modern costumiers have tried to scale down the dirk.
    This is all Stone has on them in his monumental tome. "A small straight-bladed dagger with no guard":
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    There's a GR blade that would be pretty close unless too thin.

    The one pictured looks like it may have a narrow groove at the back. Maybe that helped straighten the blade against the drawing out of the edge.
     
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  13. RayseM

    RayseM Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    Here you go @knarfeng - A piece of knife "gorgeousness" :thumbsup:

    Ray

    Sgian Dubh Knife & Photo courtesy of @pmew


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  14. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
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  15. neal70

    neal70 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2015
    Hey folks how are ya? I’m looking for anyone who might have information about Supratentorial, aka Jake. Hasn’t posted in close to a year, and well, hoping nothing is wrong, but outside of writing a letter, I’ve no idea how to get ahold of him. Any knowledge would be appreciated , I know a few folks know him better than me...
    Thanks, Neal
     
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  16. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    I got this one from Wright's a couple of years back, not of the quality of @pmew's Sgian Dubh, but it's a good working knife I think :thumbsup:

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  17. Ramrodmb

    Ramrodmb Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 9, 2010
    Hey Neal! Glad to see you back, my friend. Haven't seen Jake around for awhile. Hope all is well.
     
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  18. neal70

    neal70 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2015
    Hey @Ramrodmb ! Gary And Frank mentioned he is known for occasional extended hiatuses, for other activities, so fingers crossed. Good to...read:D from you! Lol
    Thanks, Neal
     
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  19. Prester John

    Prester John Gold Member Gold Member

    May 20, 2018
    Do I have to wear it with a kilt? And if so, will an Irish (McCarthy) tartan do?
     
  20. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    The knife in the stocking stuff is just some cod och-aye-the-noo revisionism by the toadying lickspittle Sir Walter Scott, who invented the modern interpretation of 'Highland Dress' for the visit to Scotland of King George IV in 1822 (he also built my house incidentally). As others have noted Sgian Dubh is Scots Gaelic for 'Black Knife', but that didn't mean the knife was coloured black, it was hidden, most commonly in the armpit :thumbsup:
     
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