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H.I. Skean Dhu?

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by Ad Astra, Aug 19, 2004.

  1. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    Jul 30, 2004
    Would anyone else besides me be interested in seeing a H.I. version of the famous Scottish boot blade, the Skean Dhu? <Sgian Dubh, if you ken the Gailge>. There is an important historical link between the Scottish Highlanders and the Ghurkas, after all. This seems like a natural to me. It is an important cultural heritage to the Scots, as the Khukuri is to the Nepalese. It would be the best of both worlds... The kamis can do this. Look at the Seax, it's Celtic/Norse. Somebody gave the kamis the idea. Have they ever done a Skean Dhu? Personally, I would pre-order 3. I have a sibling in a pipe & drum band and the Skean Dhu is a mandatory part of the getup. Cold Steel probably makes the best one available... but Sher or Kumar or Bura etc. could do one better, this I know. What do you think?
     
  2. Spectre

    Spectre

    Nov 3, 1998
    I believe I've actually thought about this, and I have a fairly standard answer.

    "As long as it has a guard." This is essentially a stabbing knife, and a guard, while not strictly traditional perhaps, would be an asset.

    John
     
  3. Bruce of 1

    Bruce of 1

    199
    Apr 16, 2004
    I looked into those knives a bit after reading this one, they seem addictive so count me in.
     
  4. Kismet

    Kismet

    Jan 30, 2002
  5. Spectre

    Spectre

    Nov 3, 1998
  6. mamav

    mamav

    Apr 23, 2003
    Yes, Sarge does nice work...Speaking of him, has anyone heard how he's doing?? :confused:
     
  7. Rio Jim

    Rio Jim

    112
    May 11, 2004
    I'm a Scot (well 1st gen American, anyway). Of course I want one! Especially with a stag handle. And a matching Dirk! And a Claymore. Prepay by PayPal.

    Some of the family jewels:
     

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  8. Rusty

    Rusty Moderator Moderator

    Mar 8, 1999
    The Skian Dubh is offered by Wilkinson with numerous clan specific handles. Unfortunately most are plastic handled and do not have an edge.

    I've wanted to make a highland dirk from a 17" bladed Wilkinson SMLE bayonnet, though.
     
  9. Kismet

    Kismet

    Jan 30, 2002

    I have that knife, John, and it is THE most substantial sheath knife I've ever had. You could conquer the wilderness with it! Sarge sent it to Terry for a sheath and two and one half months later I saw the knife for the first time. The sheath is beautiful, but I hated waiting. :(

    If you had to take just one knife, that might be it.

    For general hunting, something smaller would be handier.

    And the Axis deer handle must be the most dense material known to deer.


    Kis
     
  10. Steely_Gunz

    Steely_Gunz Got the Khukuri fevah Moderator

    May 9, 2002
    I could go for a Skean Dhu:) I carry the Cold Steel version in my boot just about every day. Actually, i just tied it in there one day for fun then forgot about it after awhile. Really handy little blade if you forgot your pocket knife (like that'll ever happen;)). Also, not a bad feeling to know that you have a pointy razor-sharp trick up your sleeve (or boot, respectively) for those unavoidable walks thru unfamiliar dark streets and allyways. If Kumar could make one half as well as he executed the kerambits, then they would be awesome.

    Jake
     
  11. ed tank

    ed tank

    301
    Jan 19, 2003
    I'd go for one as well.
     
  12. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    I think they'd have a hard time with the handle. If you've noticed, handle variations are slim and difficult to pull off. The Kerambit was a fluke because it was full tang.

    Not saying it can't be done. Just understand what you're up against.

    A general bulb at the hilt, and one at the butt - would probably be ok. But all the fancy knotwork carving opens up the playing field, so to speak.....
     
  13. Rio Jim

    Rio Jim

    112
    May 11, 2004
    Dan,

    The carved handle is one variation. The sgian-dubh in my pic above has a simple stag handle, with a plain Stirling pommel and simple guard. I'll take a better pic if I get some time later.
     
  14. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Quick search on google for sgian dubh:


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    Quite interesting.....which variation is preferred?
     
  15. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    Jul 30, 2004
    Thanks for posting, Dan. Those are pretty good representatives. There's a wide variety of interpretation for finishing- antler, bone, wood. Some have a thistle motive and use a purple or amber colored real or fake gem. Maybe they could be left semi-finished, and clan-types here could have room left to put their own family signs, or Celtic knotwork.
     
  16. DannyinJapan

    DannyinJapan

    Oct 9, 2003
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    When I worked at Hawkwood Fantasy faire, I wore this very one.
    I made a dirk to match it with a blade from windlass steelcrafts and a big piece of horn.

    The thing about these knives is that they have to be flat on one side and smooth, cause you wear them in your sock next to your calf.

    They are very very similar in size and shape to a big karda, so I imagine this couldnt be much of a challenge for the kamis.

    come to think of it, I dont really need those knives anymore, so if the kamis need models, id be happy to let them have them.
     
  17. Spectre

    Spectre

    Nov 3, 1998
    IF there's enough of a handle swell- and the blade is significantly less wide than the handle width- we could get by okay without a guard, like that black one towards the bottom, but without the fancy handle engraving.

    John
     
  18. DannyinJapan

    DannyinJapan

    Oct 9, 2003
    they really dont have much of a grip, and they really are more for looks and serve as tools and last ditch weapons.
     
  19. Rio Jim

    Rio Jim

    112
    May 11, 2004
    This is my stag handled model. One I think the kamis could do very well.
     

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  20. Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    Jul 30, 2004
    Another nice "black blade" Rio Jim. You see too many cheap/ornamental ones for sale. I want a real one, and am convinced since it is close to a karda, the kamis could do it well. Even a Ghurka/Highlander edition.
     

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