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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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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

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

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

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

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

Scottish Dirk

#404010
This replica of an early Scottish dirk features a 1055 carbon steel blade forged to a hard spring temper. Rosewood handle capped with contrasting blued-steel guard, bolster, disc-shaped pommel. Leather scabbard with an extra wide belt loop included. Overall length 18-3/8 inches.
$119.95

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

Top Customer Reviews

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: Early Scottish Dirk

A beautiful and functional piece of work.  I would recommend this to anyone interested in a very good knife or this period/culture.
Reviewed by: Ray, August 23, 2019

Review of: Early Scottish Dirk

I received this as a gift and covered the scabbard's black leather with white hair-on calfskin to match a dress sporran.  There are many styles of dirk.  This style is based upon those which were made from the broken tips of swords: a basket-hilt claymore in this case (in our minds), the ID made obvious by the pattern of almost fullers on the blade.  This is a mini short sword... particularly heavy, and with none of the stiletto-like delicacy of a typical ballock knife.  You'd feel confident going up against an angry pit bull with this--- not so a ballock knife.
Reviewed by: Daniel C, March 14, 2019

Review of: Early Scottish Dirk

I got this dirk not knowing what to expect, i've used it at reenactments and have had many compliments on it. it has stood up over the years and still looks great, well worth the money!
Reviewed by: John, January 23, 2019

Review of: Primitive Scottish Dirk

Fit and finish of the Dirk are high quality. The well polished shows no metal imperfections to finish. Blood groove is well defined in depth of blade. Sharping service produced a nice even very sharp edge which requires your undivided attention while handling. Scabbard fit is tight so removal requires a firm pull. There is no slip when dirk I’m in place. The leather is thick, well formed, and firm to retain shape. I sprayed leather dressing inside to prevent the oiled blade from picking up very tiny pieces of leather from the internal unfinished leather of the sheath. The metal tip and collar are well attached with a nice brush polished finish. I am very pleased with this purchase and now will order the more expensive Scottish basket claymore based on the quality of workmanship
Reviewed by: Bill, January 14, 2019

Review of: Early Scottish Dirk

A birthday gift for my father,  who has started collecting Scottish arms and armor after being stationed at RAF Edzell!

This dagger exceeded my expectations. It arrived early,  and I set about putting an edge on the thick blade. It is very good steel, took me about 4 hours!  If you want it sharpened,  I advise ordering the sharpening service! Museum replicas does an outstanding job having ordered sharpening on other blades.

The carved wood handle is beautiful. I properly oiled it before presenting the gift,  and it looked great.

A very strong sturdy dagger any highlander would be proud to carry with their targe in hand!

This Dirk is big and well balanced, almost a short sword. Nice triple fuller design,  thick spine. A tough,  stabbing weapon in application,  and a work of art to display. Easily 5 stars,  I want one myself!
Reviewed by: Jonathan, January 06, 2019

Review of: Early Scottish Dirk

Very Well made.  The belt loop was bended on scabbard but its not a big issue.  A other great addition to my collections
Reviewed by: Philippe, October 27, 2018

Review of: Damascus Sgian Dubh

Love the blade, I didn’t get it sharpened but it just looks nice. Good quality overall.
Reviewed by: Anastasia, September 26, 2018

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