Sgian Dubh

Sgian Dubh
The Sgian Dubh is the small ornamental knife traditionally worn in the top of the stocking by the highlander.  The flat edge is normally worn the the right stocking by right handed people.
 
The name is Gaalic - the word Sgian means knife or dagger and Dubh means black, referring to the colour of the handle, which was made from black hardwood.
 
Various spellings of the word are recorded in different books including skean, skian and skein. The Dubh can also be spelt Dhu
 
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