Sgian Dubhs/Kilt Knives
The Scottish kilt knife (correct name Sgian Dubh) is traditionally worn tucked into the kilt hose of the right leg, mostly hidden in the sock with only the top of the handle being visible. However, it is also perfectly correct for a left-handed person to wear his in his left sock. The word Sgian Dubh (as a Scotsman I have to give it its proper name) comes from the Gaelic meaning "black knife" it is suggested the word black refers to the fact that centuries ago it was concealed in clothing, as a weapon of self-defense. Evidence suggests it would have been carried inside the upper sleeve of the jacket by Scotsmen in the early 17th and 18th centuries. Etiquette demanded that when entering a friend home any and all concealed weapons would be revealed, the Sgian Dubh would then be taken out and placed in the top of the sock, held securely by the garter.