Arma Bohemia Sgian Achles
Original: Scotland, mid 18th century
Simple utility knives were common items for men of all classes throughout history. Useful for eating, dressing game, and as a weapon in a pinch, few would have gone without some form of utility knife. The Scots, well-known for their fondness with their arms, were certainly no exception. While the Scottish dirk
and sgian dubh
are more well-known, other knife forms like the sgian achles
("armpit knife") existed that look much like the hunting and utility knives of today.
The blade of this knife is made of 14260 spring steel and features file-work on its spine (gimping) that is somewhat common to knives of this style. The bolster and pommel plate are of brass while the grip is of deer antler; the tang is peened over the pommel plate. A black leather sheath encases the blade and lower part of the hilt. It is tooled with Celtic knotwork and has a leather thong for tying to a belt.
See our hands-on review
for more information on this dagger.
Overall length: 10.25"
Weight: .3 pounds
Width of bolster: .5"
Blade: 6" long; 1" wide tapering to .375"
Grip and pommel: 4.25"
Maker: Arma Bohemia
of the Czech Republic.
Inspired by an original located in the Royal Museum of Scotland from the mid-18th century.