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Sgain Dubhs: Quality is Key!

KT

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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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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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I find the handles too short on the sgian dubhs that a lot of places sell. Funny thing is I bought some new knives for the kitchen and I love the paring knife. It would make a great sgian dubhs, but some would say the handle is too long, but I like the way it feels in my hand. I am not really a knife person per se, so I don't claim expertise at all, but I do appreciate quality. Might be neat is someone made a japanese style forged blade sgian dubhs. I saw Cold Steel has one. Lynn makes ok stuff. I'd want something fully functional. 

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macmanjim, my understanding of the origination of the sgian dubhs was that at the time of the Proscription (the big one, the weapons)  was that the junk piles of the "sword-breaking', that is, the breaking off of the sword tips, were raided for usable pieces, the tips being refitted into concealable knives, the sgian dubh, commonly hidden beneath the left armpit (of course, it's a right hand world), and only placed within the strong hand stocking as a sign of respect & friendship after the overt weapons were handed over at the door of the visited dwelling.  Whatever handle you put on the (more or less) sword tip of your choice is quite likely to be  approximately correct, in spirit, at least.  The regimental standard sgian dubh & dirk are british overlord fabrications, anyway.

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25 minutes ago, Wil liam said:

macmanjim, my understanding of the origination of the sgian dubhs was that at the time of the Proscription (the big one, the weapons)  was that the junk piles of the "sword-breaking', that is, the breaking off of the sword tips, were raided for usable pieces, the tips being refitted into concealable knives, the sgian dubh, commonly hidden beneath the left armpit (of course, it's a right hand world), and only placed within the strong hand stocking as a sign of respect & friendship after the overt weapons were handed over at the door of the visited dwelling.  Whatever handle you put on the (more or less) sword tip of your choice is quite likely to be  approximately correct, in spirit, at least.  The regimental standard sgian dubh & dirk are british overlord fabrications, anyway.

Thanks Wil liam. That explains a lot. 

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Bought  a again online I like it but a hated  the sheath I found a sheath and got ,it is on its way as I am writing this  should be hear soon

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I was lucky enough to be given a sgian dubh that my girlfriend's grandfather carved. I will never need another, Bill was an award winning carver and it is an honour to have it as well as some of his other stuff.

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