Sgian Dubhs

The words in Scots Gaelic for dagger ('sgian') and black ('dubh'), i.e. black dagger, were used because the handle was often made of bog oak which was jet black in appearance.

The Sgian Dubh was usually carried in a place of concealment, very often under the armpit, however when a Highlander visited a house on his travels he would deposit his weapons at the front door with the exception of this dagger.  In these far off days it was unsafe to be ever totally unarmed and so, out of courtesy to his host, he removed it from its place of concealment and put it somewhere where his host could see it, invariably in his stocking on the right hand side if he was right handed and on the left hand side if he was left handed.