sgian dubh

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May be heading to Scotland in a couple of months (50th anniversary celebration), probably landing in Edinburgh then up to Isle of Skye for a walking tour. Anyone know of any genuine sgian dubh that might be available (aside from the usual 420J2 tourist crap)?
 
If you are going to be in Glasgow I would look up Armour Class. If the Isle of Skye I would look up Rob Miller. Whether either has "in stock" items I do not know.
 
Isle of Skye
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https://www.castlekeep.co.uk/swords/#scottish
Castle Keep, A Chuibheall, Torrin, Isle of Skye, Scotland IV49 9BA
 
Thanks, all. Traditional Scottish practice is to carry your sgian dubh concealed under your shirt or up your sleeve.
 
I'm surprised it stays in place with just a sock. Are they more ceremonial than practical?
 
The sgian-dubh may have evolved from the sgian-achlais, a dagger that could be concealed under the armpit. Used by the Scots of the 17th and 18th centuries, this knife was slightly larger than the average modern sgian-dubh and was carried in the upper sleeve or lining of the body of the jacket.[2]

Courtesy and etiquette would demand that when entering the home of a friend, any concealed weapons would be revealed. It follows that the sgian-achlais would be removed from its hiding place and displayed in the stocking top held securely by the garters.[3]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgian-dubh

The Scots have pride in the strength & thickness of their kilt hose.
 
I would recommend that you look up Rab Gordon from Dramnadroichit on the shores of Loch ness. I purchased a Sgian Dubh from him a couple of years ago made with damasteel blade, bog wood grip and sterling silver accents. Good person to deal with.
 
The sgian-dubh may have evolved from the sgian-achlais, a dagger that could be concealed under the armpit. Used by the Scots of the 17th and 18th centuries, this knife was slightly larger than the average modern sgian-dubh and was carried in the upper sleeve or lining of the body of the jacket.[2]

Courtesy and etiquette would demand that when entering the home of a friend, any concealed weapons would be revealed. It follows that the sgian-achlais would be removed from its hiding place and displayed in the stocking top held securely by the garters.[3]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sgian-dubh

The Scots have pride in the strength & thickness of their kilt hose.
I am still having trouble envisioning how it was carried under the shirt by the armpit, but I don’t doubt they did. I wonder if the term “nothing up my sleeve” harkens back to this?
 
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