Highland Sgian Dubh
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Highland Sgian Dubh

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Made in Scotland.

The words in Gaelic for dagger ('sgian') and black ('dubh') i.e. black dagger, were used because the handle was often made of bog oak which was jet black in appearance (a very hard wood suitable for the purpose). Any ornamentation is merely a reflection go the Highlander's lack of confidence in paper money which resulted in him embellishing much of his personal wearing apparel with silver and cairngorm stones which are of value. Thus he carried on his person most of his worldly wealth and did not entrust it to banks.

The black dagger was usually carried in a concealed place, very often under his armpit. When the Highlander visited a house on his travels having deposited all his other weapons at the front door, he did not divest himself of his concealed dagger, since in these far off days it was unsafe to ever be totally unarmed, not because he feared his host, but rather because he feared intrusions from outside. Accordingly although retaining the dagger; out of courtesy to his host he removed it from its place of concealment and put it somewhere where his host could see it, either in his stocking on the right hand side if he was right-handed, or on the left hand side if he was left handed.