A chance to own a genuine Sheffield-made Sgian Dubh (pronounced "Skean Doo") hand crafted by The Arthur Wright Workshop.
The name comes from the Gaelic language and translates as "hidden/black knife". You may also see them referred to as either "skene-dhu" or "skean-dhu". These are also known as dirks.
The Sgian Dubh was originally designed for preapring fruit, meat and cheeses. It is also used for cutting cloth and in case of protection. Nowadays, it is part of the Traditional Scottish (Highland) Dress. The instrument is tucked inside the the top of the kilt with only the upper portion showing and is usually worn on the right leg.
When worn as part of the national costume of Scotland, the sgian-dubh is legal in Scotland, England and Wales. Airport Security Rules now require travellers to put their sgian-dubh into checked baggage.
Each Sgian Dubh comes with a 4" decorated stainless steel blade with genuine Samba Stag horn handle and it's own leather sheath. As you will see from the photos the colour and pattern of the stag varies from knife to knife with no two knives ever looking the same. The blade is single edged with decorative file work known as "jimping" on the unsharpened back edge of the blade.
Made from natural materials with genuine craftsmanship mean that each sgian dubh produced is unique - An alternative to mass-produced plastic pieces.
These blades can be engraved with your personal message / initials / dates / designs etc. Please see our Engraving page for more details. Whether as a gift or for yourself, there are a large number of customisation options.
It is best for long-term storage to remove the sheath to allow air to circulate around the blade. Keep the piece clean and dry and apply a very thin film of oil occasionally onto the blade.
Be the envy of your friends and family with an Arthur Wright Sgian Dubh in your possession. The quality sgian dubh will take pride of place alongside your kilt.
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The Sgian Dubh blades are approx 4 inches in length which means that they may only be sold to persons over the age of 18. Proof of this age will be established if you pay by credit card via our main payment service providers: WorldPay. If you pay by PayPal (any card), by debit card or by any card that may be issued to persons under 18, Proof of Age will be required (e.g. a copy of your driving licence or passport). Please ask for details if unsure. Sorry about this but the law is the law.
Sgian Dubh - Made By Arthur Wright
Sheffield Steel + Genuine Stag + Leather Sheath.
Blade approx 4" in length.
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