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Safety Imitation Sgian Dubh

£14.95 Sale Price: £11.21 (£9.34 ex. VAT)

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Safety Imitation Sgian Dubh Description

  • Decorative design
  • Plastic moulded replica
  • Made in Scotland
This Sgian Dubh is a moulded replica with a metal ball top. It is ideal for travelling and occasions when real blade is not permitted. This Sgian Dubh is also ideal for persons under the age of sixteen years old.

Safety Imitation Sgian Dubh Customer Reviews

lisa madigan
Our 8 year old wanted to be just like his Daddy at his sisters' wedding but obviously couldn't have the real thing-this looks just like the real thing until you actually get hold of it! He's delighted with it!

Date Added: 5th March 2011

Stuart McWalter
The immitation (safety) sgian dubh has all the character and size / shape of a standard sgian dubh. When it is worn no one will notice any difference. It us ideal for those situations when possession of a bladed article could pose legal issues. In my case I have bought this to comply with conditions on a cruise, not only because the cruise company do not allow passengers to have possession of any bladed article but also because some of the countries we shall be visiting have similar laws.

Date Added: 27th August 2010

S. Davidson
Perfect for young son. The service first class and we would be delighted to shop with you again.

Date Added: 19th November 2009

M Hope
In the hand its an inexpensive bit of plastic - in the hose its a sgian dhub to all who look at it - and none of the security/safety issues over carrying one

Date Added: 16th February 2009

Buyers Guide To Sgain Dubhs

A Little History

Although the sgian dubh is now used only for ceremonial purposes, its invention dates back to a darker time in Scotland’s turbulent history. There are various theories for the origins of the name, but two are most widely accepted and both are probably true.

It’s universally accepted that sgian translates into blade or dagger. Dubh has more than one meaning however. Experts believe that it refers to the colour of the handle - black - which was traditionally made from bog oak, an extremely hard wood which comes from trees that have been buried in peat bogs and preserved from decay, allowing it to harden over time.

A second translation of dubh is ‘dark’ or ‘hidden’. Following the unsuccessful Jacobite uprising of 1745, Scots were forbidden from wearing the kilt or carrying arms (known as proscription). Almost every man, woman and child in Scotland carried a knife at this time as it was the ultimate accessory for hunting, cooking and eating. The act of proscription meant an end to this and so the sgian dubh then became popular as its size meant that it could be hidden in a secret pocket under the armpit.

When the Highlander visited a house on his travels having left all his other weapons at the front door, he didn’t leave his concealed dagger, since it was unsafe to ever be totally unarmed. This was not because he feared his host, but because of possible intrusion from outside. Accordingly, out of respect for the host, he removed the sgian dubh from concealment and placed it on view in the top of his sock, thus the reason for its placement there in modern ceremonial dress.

The Sgian Dubh Today

We offer a superb range of sgian dubhs to suit every budget and occasion. If you haven't seen them already we also stock sgian dubh gift sets complete with matching kilt pin and cuff links.

For something extra special though, we also have a stunning collection of handmade sterling silver sgian dubhs.

These ceremonial knives are manufactured in Scotland to the highest standards, and will compliment any highland outfit. The time and effort that goes into making each knife is nothing short of amazing. Over 30 individual processes are involved for every sgian dubh, leaving the finished item a beautifully crafted and unique work of art.

Handmade Sterling Silver Sgain Dubhs

Our main supplier of these wonderfully crafted knives is Celtic Art Ltd, a traditional Scottish family business established over 60 years ago. Their expertise in hand crafted Celtic products is second to none and they employ only the most skilled craftsmen.

Our top of the range sgian dubhs are made with the highest quality materials. The blade is stainless steel encased in a leather sheath and the decoration is hallmarked sterling silver. The handle is fashioned from ebony, a valuable black hard wood, and is topped with a smoky quartz stone, a semi precious gemstone.

Each hand made sgian dubh takes an average of eight hours to make, although more intricate pieces can take much longer. Needless to say the skills needed to create such stunning objects are only acquired over a long period of time. As a result very few people can make the claim to be a true Celtic craftsman. This explains why Celtic Art Ltd is extremely proud of their team.

We are confident that the quality and uniqueness of these fine sgian dubhs make a wonderful choice for that special gift.

Safety Imitation Sgian Dubh Dimensions

Packaged Weight (for shipping purposes only): 0.15kgs
Internal Stock Codes
PID: 2124 20058777