Everyone has been asking me about my Sporran (gaelic for purse) which was originally an everyday practical item and is now a decorative part of Highland dress. This is another part of highland regalia - my sgian dubh (pronounced skeen doo). Sgian means knife or dagger, dubh means black.
The sgian dubh and was carried in the upper sleeve or lining of the body of a Scotsman's jacket.
Courtesy would demand that when entering the home of a friend, any concealed weapons would be revealed. It follows that the sgian would be removed from its hiding-place and displayed in the stocking top held securely by the garters. It is also important for Scotscats to keep their claws sheathed. McFAZ