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Thistle Ball Top Sgian Dubh

£34.50 Sale Price: £25.88 (£21.56 ex. VAT)

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Thistle Ball Top Sgian Dubh Description

  • Stainless steel
  • Thistle design
  • Traditional ball top
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This sgian dubh has a resin handle moulded with a woven texture. The blade is stainless steel and can be easily washed with warm soapy water. It is further decorated with detailed metal work with a thistle design and a traditional ball top.

The metal work is made from pewter with a plated finish of palladium. This finish is as bright as silver but will not tarnish. It is also much more scratch resistant than silver.

Sizes And Dimensions:

Size / Diameter

Overall length-18cm
Length of blade-9cm
Length of sheath-9cm
Width-2.5cm

Important: We are not permitted to sell a knife or blade to any person under the age of 18.

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Thistle Ball Top Sgian Dubh Customer Reviews

Name:
Elaine Kendall`
Rating:
5
Just what I was looking for! Excellent hastle-free service.

Date Added: 21st December 2014


Name:
C Donnelly
Rating:
4
lovely engraving

Date Added: 16th December 2012


Name:
Veronica Miller
Rating:
5
Very impressed with this and the engraving for a 40th birthday present.

Date Added: 5th April 2012


Name:
John Galloway
Rating:
5
First class, value for the money

Date Added: 26th December 2011


Name:
Lyn Drummond
Rating:
5
Excellent value for money. The photo doesn't do the item justice! Well worth purchasing.

Date Added: 25th November 2010


Name:
m.p arnachellum
Rating:
5
Very satisfied with the item ad i thought it was great value.The service was excellent,great communition and prompt service.

Date Added: 14th November 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.

Thistle Ball Top Sgian Dubh Dimensions

Size / Diameter

Overall length-18cm
Length of blade-9cm
Length of sheath-9cm
Width-2.5cm

Packaged Weight (for shipping purposes only): 0.35kgs
Internal Stock Codes
PID: 2469 20058685