Sgian Dubh Wood Officer Thistle Crest Design

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  • Sgian dubh wood officer thistle crest
  • Clan crest version available
  • Bottle Opener
  • Cork Screw
  • Gift Box
  • Made in Scotland
  • Made in Scotland
  • Stainless steel blade, notched and with blood line
  • Scottish Thistle Crest badge detail on handle
  • Utility Knife, Corkscrew, Screwdriver & Bottle opener
  • Celtic design
  • Leather sheath

The first recorded use of this type of utility knife was in the Crimean War and there is also recorded use in the Boer War.  A number of variations were seen during the First World War but use died out thereafter.  Because of the cost and complexity of manufacturing this piece it was always a gentleman's accessory and we have been unable to trace any variants used by the ranks, however, our research continues.  The original had a corkscrew and screwdriver both of which are faithfully reproduced here and we have added a bottle opener as an added feature for modern use. 

A bit more about the Sgian Dubh and it origins:

The sgian dubh is one of the little details, which add even more historical significance to the whole kilt outfit.  Tucked into the top of the kilt hose, the sgian dubh is the small, single edged knife worn with the top of the hilt visible against your calf. Its origins are far from clear, and though it has become purely ornamental, it’s still one of the most sought after pieces to the highland kilt outfits.  The origins of the sgian dubh are by no means straightforward, with many details being debated and disagreed upon.

Sgian means ‘knife’ or ‘dagger’ and the definition of ‘dubh’ means ‘black’.  The sgian dubh or black knife may have evolved from the sgian achlais, which was the concealed armpit dagger of the 17th and 18th centuries.  However, many also believe that the sgian dubh could also have had a practical origin, and may have evolved from a type of small skinning knife.  The sgian dubh was first seen in a recognisable form in the early to mid 18th century, and it continues to be part of the traditional kilt outfit.

The formal sgian dubh is based on the military, Victorian style.  There are also hunting versions of the knife, which are based on the more historical sgian dubhs of the 18th century.  To wear the sgian dubh, first you need to make sure your kilt hose are folded down so the top edge is just below the knee. With the crest of the knife facing outwards, the sgian dubh is then slotted between the kilt hose and your calf on the right side of your body, assuming that you are right handed. Only the top part of the handle should be visible, but you can adjust this for your own comfort.  The sgian dubh is an historical and ornamental part of your kilt outfit, adding an extra touch of authenticity to our already iconic national dress.

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