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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
    Here is my latest video on The Rules of Wearing a Kilt Please leave comments and questions below and follow my blog! don't forget to get your copy of Kiltology on Amazon!
  3. 4 points
    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. Be Strong. Put a Kilt on.
  4. 4 points
    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. Be Strong. Put a Kilt On. -kt
  5. 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.
  6. 2 points
    Back in my dungeon barn tomorrow. Heat, weights, and sweat. Ti e to get rid of the excuses. Then next week I will start training for September 10,Highland Games competition. Will need encouraging from my wife and wouldn't mind some good words from kilted brethren. I need to drop some fat and put on muscle, so a tweak to the diet may be coming shortly. Unfortunately it is more expensive to eat healthy than to not. Need to be strong for the games, and look good for Texas Renaissance Festival in October. 8/1/2016 Got back to it this afternoon. Couple sets of light squats, weighted sit-ups, and a few other exercises. Slow start, but I have to start somewhere. The strength will come.
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  8. 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
  9. 2 points
    This is what it feels like to wear pants Be Strong. Put a Kilt On.
  10. 2 points
    Just got done enjoying a fine cigar, some whisky, and conversation with an old childhood friend. Kilted, no, but enjoyable anyway.Catching up and talking about old times, was a great way to end a frustrating and busy week of work. When having this kind of entertainment, you lose track of time. Spent 3 hours talking and smoking felt like an hour tops. Whenever you get these chances, take full advantage my friends. We hadn't seen each other in a couple years, but we never skipped a beat. Now for a shower and some Zzz's. Kilt on brothers and cherish those friendships that can last a lifetime.
  11. 1 point
    This one is for the one's who have bought a kilt, but have yet to step up and step out into the world. Maybe you picked up that kilt at a renaissance faire or a highland games, so you would blend in or so you could be part of the crowd, and you plan on wearing it again when you go back. Meanwhile you have a kilt hanging in the closet begging to be worn, to be seen, why pay over the top festival prices for a kilt that will be worn once a year? The time has come for you to enjoy your investment ane put that kilt on and introduce the world to your kilted self. What's the worst that can happen? Somebody you don't know comes and talks to, you get awked a few embarrassing questions, or nobody really seems to care. In any of those situations you are not going to be any worse for wear. Make the look yours, wear you favorite boots or shoes, flip flops even work or say screw it and go barefoot. However you wear it doesn't matter really, as long as the pleats are in the back, what is important is that you wear it. Be confident, be bold, be kilted! Once you have worn the kilt a couple of times you feel more confident in it and you can really start coming out of your shell. My first time stepping out in a kilt, other than at highland games, was my senior prom! I tossed myself in the fire, people know how mean, rude, or judgmental high schoolers can be and that's where I chose to come out as a kiltie to the world. To my surprise and delight I never heard one negative comment, at least not to my face. You have to make the decision to not care what everyone else is going to think about you. You don't have to brave or daring you need to be bold and unfazed by the world. You already took the first step and purchased a kilt, now don't let it sit around for eleven months just waiting for next years faire put it on and take the world by storm. Kilt up and be a true brother of the brotherhood.
  12. 1 point
    As I'm sitting here getting aquanted with my new 22# hammer from Old Celt I though t to myself, "good reason to sport my kilt." But honestly do you need a reason. I'm wearing my US Army tartan sports kilt out tonight just because. I guess I still have work to do to train my brain to just throw a kilt on as if it were a pair of jeans or shorts.
  13. 1 point
    Never forget to thank those who spend their lives protecting yours!
  14. 1 point
    I enjoy wearing my kilt to social functions. A good friend, and kilt owner by his own admission, asked me, "Why do you keep wearing a kilt all the time?" I just smiled and replied, "Why do you wear p@nt$?" I explained it was part heritage, part just being me, and a whole lot more comfortable than the constriction of jeans. Now that fall is arriving here in the Tennessee Valley, the cool breezes helped too.
  15. 1 point
    Be Confident. Be Free. Be Strong. Put a Kilt On.
  16. 1 point
    Gentlemen, as experienced kilties we should sheapard those that are new to the brotherhood of wearing kilt wearing. It is fine to crack a smile and have a laugh, but then we should step up and correct any problems that we see. Pleats in the front? Let them know. If they are wearing their sporran wrong, inform them. Let them know so they can wear the kilt proudly and happily. If we really are going to be a brotherhood then we need to be our brothers keeper. Be strong, kilt proudly and watch out for the chance to help a brother.
  17. 1 point
    I would rather see 100 kilts, worn comfortably and confidently, than 1 worn perfectly.
  18. 1 point
    I doubt anyone would argue that kilts and beer go together. That said, I also like trying various beers. Well if one goes to buy beer in a kilt, one must seriously consider a beer which keeps to the theme of men in kilts. Getting frustrated that I couldn't find an applicable beer I turned the last corner. And there it was. A beer with a man running in a kilt with a claymore (though a wee picture it is).
  19. 1 point
    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.
  20. 1 point
    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 to unwind. Be Strong. Put a Kilt on.
  21. 1 point
    Once again the kilt was a hit, but with my bonnie knees how could it not be. I'm pretty confident that it impacted the way the meeting went. Obviously they realized that if I'm wearing a kilt I wasn't going to take any crap. But as a good leader I listened to the members and we came to some very good decisions. Kilts Rock!
  22. 0 points
    Last week my wife and lost our first child, Fiona Michelle, was stillborn. We have a small idea of what happened, but not 100% sure. We are in pain, but our faith in God and the support that we have surrounding us. Time will heal our hearts, but we will always miss not having our Fiona girl to hold and love. I think I am writing this not to invoke sympathy, but so that I can come back in the future and see where I have grown from this point I time. My heart swells with the thought of entering Heaven's gate and seeing my Fiona standing there waiting for me to pick her up, and love her for eternity in a perfect world void of sin and death. As hard as this has been it will hurt less with time, but my plea to all parents is to cherish the time with your children. I will never take LIFE for granted after this moment in our life. I also know with Fiona watching me that I must live a life that will make her proud of her daddy.