Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 15, 2011

Factoid #19: Sgian Achlais, Sgian Dubh

Factoid #19:

The sgian achlais–a short Scottish knife concealed in one’s shirtsleeve under the armpit–predates the sgian dubh. The latter, a black, dress knife, was kept hidden in a sock and used from the Victorian era to present day. Both knives made excellent backup weapons to the dirk (dagger) with its much longer blade.


  1. Very cool information Ashley!

    • Thank you so much, Casey. Cheers, Ashley

  2. That’s a nice little tidbit for murder. Thanks, Ashley

    • You’re so welcome, Donna. It works for murder mysteries and Scottish historicals/time travels. Cheers, Ashley

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