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This scottish sgian dubh (skian dubh) is of the finest quality. stainless steel blade. pewter fittings. brand new. It comes in a nice box. It is 7.5" long. You can see our full selection of motifs in these pictures but if you buy this listing you will receive the Thistle motif. You can choose between the blue or red faux stone on top (if you dont choose the colour we will choose one for you). The name comes from the Gaelic sgian dubh meaning "black knife", where "black" may refer to the usual color of the handle of the knife. It is also suggested that "black" means secret, or hidden. This is based on the stories associated with the Highland custom of depositing weapons at the entrance to a house prior to entering as a guest. Despite this practice, a small twin edged-dagger, ('Mattucashlass'), concealed under the armpit, combined with a smaller knife, ('Sgian dubh'), concealed in the hose or boot, would offer an element of defence or of surprise if employed in attack.