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Sgain Dubhs: Quality is Key!

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sgain_1_sm.jpgWhen 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 easily my favorite of all sgains I've ever had.  It does not see much use as I know I can never replace it.  It is just that amazing.

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!



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Wonderful sgians KT, I love my Raptor sgian dubh. I lent it to my dad and he won't give it back. He did say I'll get it back, I figure it's in his will for me, so I hope I don't get it back anytime soon.

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I have several, one that I use most is my Cold Steel one. Jim has made me one and I am extremely happy with that one too.

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I'm looking for a nice sgian dubh myself! I found some nice dirks on amazon and etsy but am still looking.

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Have to recommend Cutthroat Australia.  They make absolutely beautiful stuff and I know they're releasing a range of Sgian Dubh very soon as Aidan has been asking me all sorts of questions on them!!  His work is to die for

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I'm finding Amazon to be a "shopping" spot, not necessarily a buying spot. That said, I'd bought a Reg 212 Damascus dirk sold by Poshland from Amazon, the last 7" of blade had a 5/8" warp to the left.  Otherwise, an absolutely beautiful blade in appearance, weight, balance, even sharpness wasn't bad.  Returned it, got my refund (less shipping, of course) & contacted the company directly.  Should I decide to purchase directly (for 1/3+ more $), & I may yet, the shipped dirk would be inspected & approved 1st.  I've long suspected Amazon of acquiring reject & 2nd's merchandise for resale, but this was just crazy. 

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