The Sgian Dubh is of ancient Scottish significance and is worn by the groom, best man or groomsman or at Burns Suppers. Our Sgian Dubh embodies Scottish heritage with a handle made from carbon-dated bog oak that is 4,900 years old, and a double blade edge made from rare steel.
The Hownam Studio icon is embedded on the handmade presentation box, together with our maker’s mark.
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The Sgian Dubh (pronounced ‘skee-an-DOO’) originally functioned as a day-to-day knife used for preparing food as well as for protection from sudden attack. It is now worn as part of traditional Scottish dress, tucked into the top of the kilt hose with only the upper hilt visible. The handle is formed from extremely rare tiger pattern Scottish bog oak, which has been carbon dated to 4,900 BC and stabilised through the honing processes.
The design is a unique distillation of ethics, form and function, both ceremonial in aesthetics but practical in function. Its subtle beauty is without ornamentation and embellishment. The beautiful and unique Damascus steel blade is hand-ground, cut, shaped, treated, finished and sharpened with a double edge. The sheath is made from leather that has been cut, formed, stitched and shaped by hand.