Celtic daggers and Scottish daggers come in many distinctive styles, including the iconic sgian dubh and regimental dirk. Traditional sgian dubhs possess a short blade and make excellent additions to Highland dress. While originally worn as a concealed dagger, they were used for eating as well as defense. Historical dirks, by contrast, served as personal sidearms of Scottish Highland regiment officers with long blades for thrusting. Descending from the ballock dagger of the Middle Ages, Scottish dirks remain popular in modern times as ceremonial blades. At Buying a Sword, we carry a great selection of highland daggers that are perfect for collectors, re-enactors, and anyone who wants to honor their heritage. We offer a fine range of decorative daggers with ornate engraving and gems, as well as functional daggers crafted from Damascus and high carbon steel. Peruse our Celtic Daggers category to find the right historical blade for your needs.
A Scottish tradition, the original sgian dubhs were frequently worn under the shirt close to the armpit. Now it is traditional for the Sgian Dubh to be worn in the stocking, and the knife is frequently called a stocking dirk.
In the far-off days of antiquated Scotland, it was typically unsafe to go anywhere completely unarmed, and thus the Black Sgian Dubh had its place in society as a hidden weapon, to be kept at all times in case of attack.
An iconic piece of any Scotsmans ensemble, the Yellow Gem Cross-Hatch Sgian Dubh is modeled after the traditional dirk used by Highlanders in eras past. Silvery Scottish thistle patterns and a yellow gemstone detail the replica knife.
For the distinguished Highlander, accent your reenactment outfit with the Yellow Gem Harp Sgian Dubh. Modeled after traditional Scottish dirks, this historical dagger features a Celtic harp emblem upon its textured black hilt.
With the rampant lion of the Royal Banner decorating its hilt, the Yellow Gem Lion Sgian Dubh is a stately and stylish take on traditional Scottish weaponry. This stainless steel blade is inspired by historical Highlander dirks.
Inspired by historical Scottish weapons and given a regal twist, the Yellow Gem Thistle Sgian Dubh features a silver tone thistle emblem upon its textured hilt and multi-faceted yellow gemstone set within its distinct flat pommel.
Based on the ballock dagger, the Scottish dirk proved lethal in the adept hands of a Highlander. As the lands became more peaceful, blades like the Ceremonial Scottish Dirk became an essential part of traditional Highland attire.