Scotia Metalwork Sgian Dubh
Original: Scotland, early 19th century
This knife is a typical example of a sgian dubh
. The handle is made of crown Sambar stag. The differentially heat-treated blade of 1095 steel is held into the grip by epoxy and a brass band. The natural curvature of the stag fits very comfortable in the hand. The blade bears McRae's stamp and has traditional file-work on the spine.
The sgian dubh fits into a leather sheath that overlaps the lower portion of the grip. This would keep it well-protected when worn in the top of the stocking in the traditional manner.
Inspired by many similar knives seen in historic portraits.
Overall length: 7.5"
Width of bolster: .9375"
Blade: 3.2" long; .9375" wide tapering to .625"
Grip and bolster: 4.25"
Maker: Michael McRae of Scotia Metalwork
This item has been retired from the collection.