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#everydaykt #1 - two questions today. "Should sporrans only be worn for more formal events, or all the time?" and " Is there a reason Utilikilts only sells the "switchback" design on their website and do you view it as a positive innovation in functionality of the modern style kilt?"
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Put a Kilt On.
( and read Kiltology)
When looking at a sgain dubh, I highly suggest you save your hard-earned money and buy a quality sgain made by a reputable blade smith. If you are formally dressed, don't cheap out on a piece of mass-produced junk! You wouldn't wear a knock-off cheapie sporran with your hand-sewn heirloom-quality kilt, would you?
I have been lucky in my sgains, having them made by many amazing blade smiths.
My prized sgain is a custom-made blade from Sgains by Raptor. It is made of Red Ironbark which required special permits to obtain and a hand-made blade. I'm told the tree was about 2,000 years old. it is
Second in the image is a Damascus style blade, also by Raptor. It also has the heft and beauty of design as the blade previously described, and is #37. I love the simplicity of design which masks the strength of this blade.
I do not recall who sent me the 3rd sgain, but it bears mention as the antler handle has petrified mammoth tusk as the blade. Another amazing sgain, but the blade is a little fragile so I rarely use this one.
I have a few others, which I have not pictured as you can find cheap sgains all over the web, and I'll not get into those. Hope fully these examples of superior workmanship will help you see the value and beauty of a well-made sgain!
Please share with others so they can see the beauty of a well made sgain!
On the subject of traditional kilt-wearing theory.
At the Brotherhood of the Kilt we accept ALL kilt-loving folks. While tradition says kilts should be worn a specific way, I will NOT stand for people belittling, disparaging or otherwise maligning other people here, members or not, regarding how they wear the kilt. We are NOT the Kilt police.
I do encourage active discussions on different ways to wear the kilt, and suggestions for formal or semi-formal wear "corrections" but claiming anyone is more or less manly based on the cut or wear of their kilt is simply ridiculous.
To those who dedicate their lives in trying to enforce traditional kilt wearing method, I ask this.
Why are you not going after anyone wearing blue jeans if they are not some kind of factory worker, cowboy or miner? That is why blue jeans exists in their original version, loose and for workers.
The evolution of the Blue Jeans as fashion staple vs. work clothes has a decent article on wikipedia, I suggest anyone who is going to get all pissy about someone wearing a kilt a little different read that, as I firmly believe the kilt is going through a similar process of changing from a limited-use garment by specific people to generally accepted clothing for the masses.
Never forget to thank those who spend their lives protecting yours!
This is what it feels like to wear pants
Put a Kilt On.
This is my favorite motivational phrase. I suggest you share this with everyone who is having troubles of any kind.
You should also read Kiltology, it is that good.
Here is my latest video on The Rules of Wearing a Kilt
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Over the years, I have had all manner of different ideas of what I wanted to do with this kilt idea of mine.
as you can tell, it is still in flux.
Today was one of those days.
Everything going on at once.
a million things to do, not all got done.
got home a dusk.
grabbed the poles
and took the kids fishing
Put a Kilt on.
Someone asked why I always say "Be Strong. Put a Kilt on." This person wondered why you have to have physical strength to wear a kilt.
I have thought about this for a long time.
Being physically strong and wearing a kilt have exactly nothing to do with each other.
When I mention Strength, I am talking about the internal strength necessary to be yourself. To be the person you want to be. To stand out in a crowd and be perfectly comfortable.
It took me a long time to be comfortable wearing a kilt anywhere. For some it takes no time at all, for others they desire to never be in the limelight. It is for those who are not yet comfortable wearing a kilt all the time that I say this. To help empower those who wish to be kilted to wear it.
So, To that end. I leave you with this.
Put a Kilt on.
Someone once told me that I eat horribly.
As you can see, I'm mending my ways.
Have you read your Kiltology today?
A whole long time ago, I figured it would be great to wear a kilt.
Not long after that, I built a place where kilted folks can go to talk about almost anything, and wear the kilt as they want.
That was more than 10 years ago now.
As I work to bring this great Brotherhood into the modern era of technology, I find myself wishing I had something to bang my head against. The number of things that can and have cause me a headache are innumerable. It is like trying to push a rope uphill.
On the upside, I am sitting here in my Brotherhood of the Kilt tartan kilt from Got Kilt, knowing that I will get this crazy finished.
I am also looking to add a great many features to the site, including blogging and areas for clans / societies / festivals who do not currently have their own site.
All these things will come soon.
Put a Kilt On.