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Scottish & Celtic Knives and Daggers

Of all Scottish and Celtic knives and daggers, the most popular was the Highland dirk. This long, multipurpose knife was used for skinning and cutting through animal bone and was also a great close-combat weapon. The preferred technique was to hold the dirk with the point facing downwards. Following the uprising in 1745, many broadswords were turned into dirks.

Other popular Scottish and Celtic daggers included the smaller sgian-dubh. This single-edged knife was meant for preparing food and useful for self-defense. It was kept in a holster near the armpit or up a sleeve. “Dubh” is the Gaelic term for black and so it is no surprise that the scabbard and handle were typically fashioned from dark-colored leather or wood. Due to its size, the sgian-dubh became popular in Scotland in the 18th century when carrying weapons was prohibited in the country. After the ban was lifted, these knives were worn openly in the stocking.

Museum Replicas carries a wide selection of dirks and dubhs that are as good as any you’ll find. Each knife is made from high-quality material and with beautiful detail. These items can augment any knife collection and if you are seeking the perfect companion piece to complete your Scottish ensemble, you have come to the right place.

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Scottish Dirk

#404010
This replica of an early Scottish dirk features a 1055 carbon steel blade forged to a hard spring temper. The black stained Rosewood handle is capped with a contrasting blued-steel guard, bolster and disc-shaped pommel. Leather scabbard with an extra wide belt loop included. Overall length 18-3/8 inches.

$89.95

Damascus Sgian Dubh Raider Knife

#403915
One of our most elegant Damascus daggers, this is expertly adorned with silver and brass filigree work. Polished hardwood grip, antique brass capped pommel. Includes brown leather scabbard with belt loop. Overall length 12-1/2 inches.
$74.95

Damascus Dirk

#403786
This massive dirk features an exquisite Damascus blade. Rich wood handle with brass inlay and studs. Rich brown leather scabbard can accommodate up to a 3” belt. Overall length 20-1/2 inches.
$94.95

Damascus Sgian Dubh

#403577
This Sgian Dubh sports a Damscus steel blade. Black wooden handle carved on one side, smooth on the other with embossed nickel silver fittings featuring thistle motif. Sheath included. Overall length 6-9/16 inches.
$59.95

Sgian Dubh

#400910
This Sgian Dubh sports a 1055 high carbon steel blade. Black wooden handle carved on one side and smooth on the other, with embossed nickel silver fittings. Sheath included. Overall length 6-9/16 inches.
$39.95

Primitive Scottish Dirk

#402352
This version of an early Scottish dirk sports a flexible, well-tempered 1055 high carbon steel blade. Solid hardwood grip with steel parts. Scabbard included. Overall length 19-3/4 inches.
$94.95

Early Scottish Dirk

#400508
This replica of an early dirk features a 1055 high carbon steel blade. Hardwood handle carved with a chevron like pattern copied from an original of circa 1550. Scabbard included. Overall length 21 inches.
$114.95

Bonny Scottish Dirk

#400806
This dirk features a 1055 high carbon steel blade with a 5" false edge, and etchings of traditional Scottish foliage & thistle motifs on both sides, and a knurled pattern on the backside. Carved black wooden handle with nickel silver tacks. Leather-covered wooden sheath with metal throat and tip. Overall length 17-1/2 inches.
$119.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Scottish Dirk

I just received this Cold Steel Scottish dirk and am VERY impressed!  It is a beautiful dirk with a 13 inch blade like almost all Scottish dirks had in the 17th and 18th centuries.  The blade is 1/4" thick at the grip, all metal furniture on the sheath is blued, (no plastic here) as well as the pommel.  Plus, it is VERY light for its size making it quick in the hand!   Great purchase!
Reviewed by: Les, February 07, 2020

Review of: Damascus Sgian Dubh Raider Knife

This is my first edged weapon from MR, so I was very excited considering the quality that I was expecting. I misread the dimensions on this, so this turned out to be much larger than I thought it would be. No complaints on the size though.

1st, the dagger. It essentially looks as it does in the photo. Since this is handmade you know to expect minor differences and I'm not disappointed. It is amazingly light to hold and even though it appears to have been sharpened, the cutting edge is rather dull, not a big deal. Sharpening a knife is rather easy. It does have a razor sharp point and easily pierced many cardboard boxes I have. I haven't tried it on anything thicker yet as I don't want to risk damaging the tip. Based on how sturdy the knife feels, I have no doubt this would pierce clothing and flesh quite well if I was forced to use it for self-defense.

2nd, the sheath. Since this is my first experience with old-world craftsmanship when it comes to medieval styled weapons, I don't have much to compare it to. The knife sits loosely in the sheath and the strap is the only thing that will hold it in place if you decide to walk around with this on your belt. Otherwise I feel this would fall out very easily. The sheath's construction seems decent, but I'm unsure at this point how well I would rate the quality since I haven't had the time to use it on a day-to-day basis.

Overall as a combo I'm giving this five stars.
Reviewed by: Erik, September 28, 2019

Review of: Scottish Dirk

I own some swords and knives but this Dirk is by far the finest piece I've ever purchased.  I opened the package and it was my instant favorite.
Reviewed by: Don, September 23, 2018

Review of: Damascus Dirk

Beautiful piece.  Excellent balance.
Reviewed by: Cary D, August 06, 2018

Review of: Damascus Sgian Dubh

I bought this knife as a fancy functional letter opener for my office.  I paid extra for sharpening and that was worth it.  I was very happy when i got it and glad i use it everyday.
Reviewed by: william, November 21, 2016

Review of: Damascus Sgian Dubh Raider Knife

The product is beautiful and is suitable as part of the medieval clothing.
Reviewed by: Jorma, August 27, 2016

Review of: Damascus Sgian Dubh

a good little knife with beautiful engravings on the handle. Well done
Reviewed by: Tiffany, June 04, 2016

Review of: Damascus Sgian Dubh

Got it for my hubby for Father's day. He loved it, uses it as a letter opener.
Reviewed by: Lucinda, June 27, 2015

Review of: Damascus Sgian Dubh

I paid extra for the sharpening. Nothings loose, it's really sharp, and it looks pretty good. The sheath only goes in one way, and the metal parts of it are a different kind than the rest of the knife; the sheath looks more 'chrome' and the rest has a more yellowish 'silver' kinda hue. The sheath 'recesses' into the knife a bit under that metal piece, and the space between has a small piece of red velvet. Mine smells like machine oil and the velvet is soaked in oil, probably from the sharpening process. The damascus pattern looks really good, but the stamped thistle pattern on the handle feels "so-so" to me. The overhanging piece that the sheath goes into is really thin and I bent it with my thumb so be careful with that. This knife is a 'B' student.
Reviewed by: , December 10, 2014

Review of: Damascus Sgian Dubh Raider Knife

This is a well crafted dagger with a beautiful Damascus blade. It's made in Pakistan.  
Reviewed by: Guest, November 07, 2014