Sgain Dubhs: Quality is Key! in KT The Kiltman A blog by KT Posted August 28, 2017 · Report reply 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.