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  1. 5 points
    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 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!
  2. 4 points
    I am going to be a father for the first time! Estimated date July 26th! Another BotK member is on the way.
  3. 4 points
    So took Friday off and went the storage unit this week and pulled my bin of p@nt$ out. Kept one set of swim trunks, then took all my p@nt$ to the homeless shelter and donated them. Since I don't need the p@nt$ any more i decided to donate the to the homeless. I have been trying to get over my fear of public speaking for a long time finally got up the courage this weekend and went to a local comedy club and did a 15 minute routine. I did pretty good got some laughs and felt awesome walking up there and standing in front of the whole place in the kilt.
  4. 3 points
    Advice from an old kiltie...... I should start this off by saying that I don't know it all. There are many people more knowledgeable than I am. I do wear the kilt, and I try to wear it with respect and pride. Over the years, I have learned some things along the way that I would like to pass on. Not that it is any great distinction, but I am a dedicated, full time kilt wearer and have been for several years. OK – Here we go……….. I continue to be asked by those who know me and those who just meet me about kilts. Most people, when they find out or realize that I wear the kilt full time, get curious. Some consider also getting and wearing the kilt. Some wives have even called me a bad influence. Be that as it may, I get asked for advice quite often. So I decided to customize some sage words that might fit the average new kiltie. (Kiltie – somebody who wears a kilt, usually a man.) Maybe if the words below are heeded you can avoid some of the mistakes that I made. Assumptions: Some assumptions are in order. I assume the individual I am writing this for lives in the U. S., but with today’s access to the internet, this advice holds true for almost anyone. I assume that the individual has never worn a kilt before (maybe he once wore a rented outfit at a wedding or Burn’s dinner.) I assume he is an out-going, vivacious extrovert and is not afraid of trying something new. Let’s face it, if you don’t want to stand out in a crowd, you shouldn’t wear the kilt. If you aren’t thick skinned enough to handle a little teasing, you shouldn’t wear a kilt. I assume he doesn’t already own a kilt. For lack of a better term, I will refer to the clothes you currently wear as Saxon clothes. These are your jeans, shirts, suits, belts, socks, sport coats and all the things you now use to cover your body. Generally, kilts can be broken down into two very broad categories: tartan and non-tartan. Tartan kilts tend to be made in the manner that has been adopted as the national dress of Scotland. Tartan kilts have pleats in the back and an apron in front. Generally, tartan kilts don’t have pockets. Non-tartan kilts have been called modern, non-traditional, contemporary and many other names. Non-tartan kilts are made in many different ways. Some have small aprons, different pleating styles, even pockets. When addressing this type of kilt, the rules or conventions go out the window. I am not talking about non-tartan kilts. So, I make the big assumption that we are talking about tartan kilts. I am also going to assume that you want to wear your tartan kilt in a more conventional manner. This means you wear kilt hose (knee socks) with your kilt. It assumes you will be wearing a wide kilt belt (your narrow Saxon belt just won’t work.) It means you will be wearing a sporran, because you don’t have any pockets, and you need someplace to stash your wallet and keys. Research: The first thing that the new kiltie or kilt curious man needs to do is to educate himself. One great way to do that is to get and read a copy of “So You Are Going To Wear The Kilt” written by the late J. Charles Thompson. This is a concise, well written, easy to understand primer on wearing the kilt. It is still in publication and can be found in libraries and on line. Used copies can sometimes be found for around $5. Get this book and read it. Sure, some advice is a bit dated, and some even a little controversial, but all-in-all this is a great place to start. Again - Get this book and read it. Next spend many hours on your computer using google or yahoo or dogpile or whatever. Search and read what you find when you type in relative words, like kilt, Scotland, highland attire, etc. There are many, many good sources for kilt information. Some established clans have extensive information. Ditto some museums. Don’t rush into the first kilt purchase! Get all the information you can. Visit and join on-line kilt forums. One of the best is the Brotherhood of the Kilt at kiltsrock.com. There are many others such as Bravehearts and HexMarks..... Ok, you want to wear the kilt and you want it now! You’ve made the decision to buy your first kilt. What should you do now? Again, don’t be in a hurry. In order to respectfully wear the kilt you need several things. You need a kilt. You need kilt hose and hose flashes. You need a sporran, kilt belt and sporran belt. But, really that’s about it. I recommend you start small – Heaven forbid, you may not like it. Starter kilt: Your starter kilt turn-out can be very cost effective. A starter kilt can cost as little as $30. (Still Water) A very nice usable sporran can be had for $55. (Buzz Kidder) Kilt hose can be found for $15. (On e-bay from Scotland) Starter sporran belts run $15 and kilt belts about $35. (almost everyone has these items.) The look we are going for here is a casual one; not really good enough to go to a wedding, but perfectly fine for bar-hopping. Realistically, you can get a very presentable outfit for under $200. Most, if not all, of your present Saxon shoes and most of your Saxon shirts will work with the kilt. Wear plain colored shirts with no stripes or patterns with your tartan kilt. Lean to match the color of your shirt, hose and flashes to compliment the colors in the chosen tartan. Can you wear your Saxon sport jackets? – No! For now be satisfied wearing a light windbreaker jacket. Remember - You are not ready to go to church kilted - - - not yet! Go at this slowly; take your time. I suggest that you get a very inexpensive kilt first. There are several on-line manufacturers that sell low cost kilts. One of the best is Still Water Kilts. Jerry, the owner, only offers on his web-site those things that he has in stock. His delivery times are very fast. He sells great “starter” kilts. With a little modification by you, even his $30 Thrifty kilt can easily be made to double in value. More on that later. Regardless of the source, this starter kilt will not be high-grade Scottish wool. It may have Velcro instead of the traditional belts. It will be made from man-made fiber. It will have been manufactured and assembled in another country. Who cares? You will look good. If you follow the advice here and in Mr. Thompson’s book, you will not embarrass yourself. In fact with a little bit of effort, you can go to a local Highland game, and walk around with all the old kilties, just like you’ve been kilted for years. Back to this first starter kilt - - If you opted for the lowest price, this kilt will not have the pleats sewn down from the waistband to the hip. This needs to be done. Take a little time (an hour or so) and hand sew down the top eight inches or so of the pleats. You need to measure down from the waistband to where your rear end is at it’s widest. Get your wife or girl friend to help (maybe she’ll take pity on you and do the sewing for you!) This will give a more finished look to the low-end, low-cost kilt. It will make it fit better and also enhance the swing. Almost as important as your first kilt is your first kilt belt. A very serviceable casual kilt belt can be purchased at your local home improvement store or hardware. Look for plain leather tool belts, the kind that carpenters use to attach those big tool pouches from. I still have and use one that I got years ago for under $10. It is made of good quality leather and still gives good service. Wear this starter kilt a lot. Get out in the public. Go to the market. Go to the local pub. Find out for yourself that the kilt is more accepted than you may have thought. Have fun! Maybe buy and sew down the fell on a couple more low-end kilts. Get another pair or two of kilt hose. Make some nice flashes. Red flashes go with almost any tartan. Decision time! Do you still enjoy wearing the kilt? Are you man enough? Can you handle the harassment? No? You’re not out much money. Yes? Then it’s time to look into getting a little better quality kilt. Second level kilt: For your second level kilt I recommend the type and style of kilt sold by USA Kilts. Rocky uses a high-end Poly Viscose fabric that offers easy care and good style. His kilts are machine made, but custom made for you, none-the-less. You can get a quality kilt from USA Kilts for $100 to $200. Rocky also makes higher quality wool kilts, but we’ll talk about them later. OK - Several months have passed. You have your low-end Still Water Kilts to knock around in, maybe a couple of USA Casual Kilts for when you want to look nicer. You feel comfortable in your kilt. The people at the local bar now only make a remark when you fail to wear your kilt. The things that bug you now result from the poor choices you made. Instead of looking for the $55 Buzz Kidder sporran, you found one on e-bay for $12. From the same vender, you got your first kilt belt for $15. You now hate them. The leather is cheap, almost cardboard. The color is coming off, and the leather is cracking. What’s more, you can fit almost nothing inside this cheap sporran. You are now in the market for a better quality sporran. (If you bought the $55.00 Buzz Kidder, you’re ahead of the game.) Sporrans: The best sporrans are hand made by fine craftsmen. I recommend that you check-out Thorfinn Sporrans or Wyvern Leather Works. Both Turpin and Donnie make quality items that last a lifetime. There are also a few others: Joe Gondek, Bob Marlin and Tom Hay come to mind. And you can sometimes find some quality items at a local Scottish Game. If at all possible, touch and feel the product before you buy. Belts: For leather belts, both kilt belts and sporran belts, I recommend Oconee Leather Works. Steve makes top of the line products that also will last a lifetime. While I am on the subject of belts, remember that sporran belt that came with that cheap sporran? The one that is a chain and leather combination? Throw it away; far, far away. The chain sporran belt will damage even high level PV fabric. Reserve chain belts for formal wear, and even then, consider backing that fancy formal evening wear chain with black velvet or suede. Throw away that cheap leather chain combination, it’s an abomination. Hose: You are probably OK with kilt hose, but you’d like some different options. Look into Rugby or Soccer socks. They offer modern yarns, good durability and often nice colors. For cold weather or more dressy times track down some nice wool hose. There are really too many to mention. So here you are. You have several kilts, usable leathers and you now want to think about going to some place which requires a little more dressy appearance. You need a kilt length coat or jacket. Do you really want to spend $200, $300, or more on a jacket? I didn’t think so. What you need to do now is pay a visit to the local Good Will or D. A. V. used clothing store. Look for a tweed sport jacket in your size and cut it down as described in Mr. Thompsons’s book. Then you will be set. If you don’t think you can handle it, there are always local tailors that do alterations who will probably do the job for under $50.00. Top of the line kilt: You now can look for a personal kilt maker. You are probably ready to spend some big bucks on a really quality garment. I suggest that you avoid ordering a kilt from Scotland. Sure, they make good products, but the currency exchange, and sometimes import duty will and can easily double the price for that hand-made kilt. Many companies sell the full blown, heavy wool traditional kilt and you may be overly influenced by the price. Expect to wait three to four months for your kilt to be delivered. For the truly top of the kilt maker’s art, I recommend people like Barbara Tewksbury, Kathy Lare or Wallace Catanach. These individuals are at the pinnacle of their field and they make garments that can be passed down from generation to generation. A high-end kilt made from high end, heavy weight wool fabric can easily cost $750 dollars. This is a decision not entered into lightly. If you are considering a high-end kilt, you are probably also considering high-end exotic fur sporrans, formal evening jackets, formal sporran chains, Ghillie Brogues and maybe much more. Welcome to the addiction. Again, take your time; don’t rush it. Do your research. You probably are now in a position to give advice to others. Wear your kilt with pride! You notice I didn’t touch on contemporary kilts or which tartan to wear; I didn’t talk about dirks or sgians dubh. No mention of canes, walking sticks, cromachs or even a pair of cadadh. Not one word about hats. These subjects and many more can easily take up and do page after page and book after book. These subjects are also subject to more personalized habits and behavior. I will say that Glengarry Hats sell some nice quality items. There, you should be able to find the Balmoral or Glengarry of your dreams. Good luck young kiltie.
  5. 3 points
    My general response to 'what's under your kilt?': "Apparently, your curiosity."
  6. 2 points
    Just bugs me, that I stooped to his level (which doesn't feel like a "win", to me). Normally, I would simply give an ambivalent glance, and ignore. What perturbed me, more than anything, was rudely interrupting the conversation of 6 people, with his sophomoric remark. I can take insults, all day long, and laugh at it. But display a lack of basic manners (especially towards my friends), and I have issue.
  7. 2 points
    As Vanessa and I were walking down the street this afternoon I could not believe my eyes when I saw this gentleman walking toward me. Thomas is the Senior International Officer for admissions from the University of St. Andrews, and was in town doing a presentation, he was good enough to stop and talk for a wee bit and pose for this photo.
  8. 2 points
    A close friend of mine has at times referred to me as a confused German because my heritage is Germanic, but I wear the kilt, and for some time she may have been right. This past weekend my wife and I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Houston Highland Games Association's Robert Burns Supper. While not our first Burns supper, it was the first large supper we were privileged enough to go to. We saw old friends we hadn't seen in quite some time, ate haggis, and had an enjoyable evening out. I was even asked to be one of the sword bearers when it came time to pipe in the haggis, an honor I wasn't expecting. This got me thinking today, how the kilt has effected my life. I have zero Scottish blood in my vains, but I wear the kilt proudly and joyfully. If not for the kilt I would never had experienced the highland games, never been married in a Prince Charlie, and necer realized my love of the bagpipes, listening not playing. If the kilt never entered my life I would never have known about Robert Burns and the beautiful words he crafted in his songs and poems, and this last weekend never would have happened. Being a member of the Clan MacLeod Society I have attached myself to a Clan that I can call family and wear their tartan, and I have made lasting friendships through them. Even though I found a clan to call home I still had my own heritage to be proud of, and wanted to be able to represent it. So imagine my delight when I found the German American tartan on USA kilt's website, unfortunately when I got to the point of being able to afford one that tartan had been discontinued. Heart broken I started for another German tartan, and to my delight USA kilts had another tartan for me the German Heritage tartan, it was soon mine. Having been a member of the Brotherhood of the Kilt for some years and trying ane failing more than once to get a BotK kilt when I saw a chance to help get that tartan back into production, I had to take it. It took a few years for all the behind the scenes stuff to shake out, but we finally have a place to get these kilts again, and I believe ALL BotK members should get one of these affordable kilts, find them at got-kilt.com. It is these two kilts that I wear most proudly. The German Heritage because it represents everything that I am, a man of German descent that wears the kilt. The Brotherhood because I had a small hand in it being back in production, but also because what the brotherhood stands for, promoting the kilt for ALL no matter where you come from, what your background, tall or short, skinny or rotund, man or woman the kilt is for us all. Life is much more interesting when you wear a kilt, strangers want to talk to you, you find a confidence that wasn't there before, and a whole other world is opened to you. I am no longer a confused kraut, I know exactly who I am, I am the Kilted Texan and I have German Blood and a Celtic soul. I encourage any of you that love the kilt but haven't yet put one on and stepped out of your front door and gone into the world, do it, and do it proudly you will never regret it.
  9. 2 points
    today is officially the 10th anniversary of the brotherhood of the kilt! WAHOOO!!!!!!!
  10. 2 points
    Last night was the Hogmanay celebration at MacKenzie House a few of the people from Tartan Tuesday showed up, it was a good night. Here is some information on MacKenzie House for those interested. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackenzie_House http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=512d2271635af310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
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  12. 2 points
    This isn't what you mean?
  13. 2 points
    I was invited to participate in a TV-show last January. The theme of the show was about men wearing kilts and other unbifurcated garments. It was a "Kilt This!" gothic kilt.
  14. 2 points
    Very nice Looking. John
  15. 2 points
    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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeans
  16. 2 points
    So, I'm not really new to the forum, or to kilting, but it's been a long while since I've been here. I last posted in November 2012, and a whole lot has changed since then... I've moved from Sunnyvale, CA to Cupertino, CA; then on to Boulder, CO. My wife and I recently (in June 2016) bought a house here in Boulder. Recent events have made me desire to get back in the kilt... We lost our first born son within minutes of his premature birth, and I've vowed to myself not to let cultural norms get in the way of me being me. I run an Ebay consignment store, so I work from home, and am in my SportKilt Comfy kilt at least half the time. Boulder is a pretty progressive place, so there aren't really any issues wearing kilts around town. Heck, I saw a guy wearing a full dress at the bar on Saturday.
  17. 2 points
    If you do it for a year you may never go back to p@nt$!
  18. 2 points
    Undeniable. Utility and sports kilts have truly change the concepts of kilt wear. Thompson's original "So you're going to wear a kilt" was written long before utility kilts and politely encourages traditional wear of kilts and accessories. With utility and sports kilts the concepts are evolving. Living things change and for the kilt to live on as a practical garment choice the concepts of appropriate wear must change too or it will become just a museum piece.
  19. 2 points
    My sgain dub made by Eric Herring from wood from the USS Constitution. So cool
  20. 2 points
    For those of you who do not wear the kilt, we kilt-wearing folks fight a battle every day...in the bathroom. When trying to use the bathroom, there are many ways. hike up the kilt, hold it around you as you sit,take it off...and many others. here is something I figured that makes using a public restroom a piece of cake. for this to work, said restroom needs to have a coat hook. step 1: hang sporran from said hook step 2. place kilt belt over hook, it will fold over the hook well enough unless it is one of those really tiny ones. step 3: hang kilt over belt on hook. see caveat on step 2 before doing this. this method enables the kilt wearer to use the bathroom unhindered while keeping the kilt free from whatever is on the floor and from falling into the abyss of the bowl. Be Strong. Put a Kilt ON. *****do not repost without a link to this page***** Get your own copy of Kiltology here! www.amazon.com
  21. 2 points
    I see that I previously replied on this thread, but managed to not notice the mention of potential legal action in Texas from the original post. I find this sort of amusing as I had an interaction with a police officer here while wearing a kilt. I had gone out regimental, and while leaving the establishment where I met my friends, a member of the local police force decided he didn't like the rate at which I accelerated from the stop light and I was pulled over, apparently on suspicion of DUI, as I did so right in front of him. (In my defense, I was in a very loud red Trans Am with a 3600 stall converter and very dark tinted rear window, and had no idea he was there. I honestly didn't leave quickly, just loudly, so I can't say knowing he was there would've made much difference.) During the stop I was asked to step out of the vehicle and asked a series of questions (which I believe mostly to have been to test my sobriety), threatened with three separate emission violation tickets (at about $1,500 each) and then taken to the rear of the vehicle to be searched by the other officer. I believe they suspected I might have some less than legal substance on me after seeing my large wooden pipe (which only smells of tobacco, as that's all that's ever been in it). After emptying my pockets he began to pat me down, then proceeded to lift my kilt. I gave him a quick verbal warning "there's nothing under there sir!", which he discovered for himself about that same moment, and he sheepishly asked me to go stand on the sidewalk while they spoke in their patrol car. About five minutes later he apologized for everything and said they were letting me go with a warning to slow down when leaving stop lights. I can't say this for certain, but I credit walking away without a ticket to having gone regimental that night.
  22. 2 points
    I have found (off and on) some neat stuff on e-bay. I also have had good luck respectfully writing to people like Jerry at Stillwater and Steve at Freedom kilts or Rocky at USA Kilts. All these gentlemen will be glad to help you out.
  23. 2 points
    I've been looking, too, on-and-off. Always willing to add to my belted plaid collection... especially rustic tartans.
  24. 2 points
    i totally agree! here are some things i would like for men new to kilts should know: i have the impression that the choice of underwear or not under a kilt is highly varied. and i feel that those that do wear underwear feel that they are doing a disservice to the kilt by doing so. i want to assert that they are not. to wear a kilt in public is honoring enough for the kilt. the choice of underwear is highly personal and should remain your personal choice period. i am annoyed however when i see cargo shorts hanging out from underneath a kilt. i don't care what you wear under it as long as it is hidden in normal standing conditions. i used to think that wearing briefs or boxer-briefs (or thongs or other supportive underwear) defeated the purpose of the kilt. after all, the kilt is about freedom. but i now know otherwise. i know this first-hand in fact (well the "hand" isn't the part of the body in question really). boxerbriefs and briefs (and similar) will perform differently in a kilt verses p@nt$. so the main point is this: kilts are more comfortable than p@nt$ regardless of how your bangers'n'mash are built, held, configured, confined, covered, or affixed. personally, these days i rarely wear underwear, in p@nt$ or kilts. i will wear something supportive if i am gonna be exercising. and if i am backpacking, then i will wear moisture-wicking boxer-briefs for the support and chafe protection. btw, wearing moisture-wicking underwear is truly wonderful, and they work better if under a kilt. the panted world sadly doesn't get the full benefit of moisture-wicking underwear. i lastly will point out that i think there should be no shame in asking questions on this topic. how else do we learn? men are not being "girlie" by talking about underwear. the male body doesn't come with an owner's manual. and we can't talk to women about such stuff, they have no clue how to imagine life with their ovaries hanging outside of their bodies. face it: outdoor plumbing has ramifications.
  25. 2 points
    Thanks Chris, I am in the position of suffering quite a blow to my career if I were to accidently fall down the steps, or be a victim of a gust of wind. You see I investigate child victim sex crimes. In the town I live in, I would be the perv who walks aorund with his bits and pieces hanging out. Not good for courtroom credibility.