If you have questions, we have answers. Many people are interested in kilts, and all things Celtic, but are unsure of the history of this famous garment. Read on for some answers to our most commonly asked questions.
There was nothing fancy or unusual about the materials of choice when it came to weaponry. Historically, you could expect a Celtic sword or dagger to be made from metals such as iron.
Knives and swords from the Celtic Croft are made from high-carbon steel, stainless steel, or Damascus steel.
Yes, subject to certain restrictions, and depending on where you live. For example, you may not be allowed to carry a concealed dagger and may need to sheath your sword. When you order a weapon through the mail, there are rules around packaging and identifying its product. Sales may also have age restrictions.
The main difference between these traditional Celtic weapons is the size and where on your person you carry your weapon.
A dagger is usually in open view, but a sgian achlais and sgian dubh are smaller and easier to conceal. Sgian achlais translates to “armpit dagger” and are worn hidden under the arm.
Dirks are an important part of any Highland dress. Historically, dirks were a part of everyday life, as both a weapon and a useful tool. Eventually, they evolved into a stylized dress accessory. Dirks are longer than a sgian dubh and, on average, are between 8 and 14 inches.
Sgian dubhs are very traditional and are almost always seen in a complete Celtic outfit. The blade of these weapons averages 3 to 4 inches. These would come in handy in everyday life for the Scotsmen of old, working in the field or a shop.
While it’s popular to say that the Celts went into battle naked, the evidence doesn’t support that. From Roman accounts and supported by later information, the Celts wore shirts, breeches, and jackets into battle. And boots. They had to hide those daggers somewhere!
Most of the Celtic Croft weaponry is not sharpened but will take a good edge if you choose to have them sharpened after purchase. Due to regulations, The Celtic Croft cannot sell any weaponry to customers under the age of 18.
Given that the Celts wielded their swords with impunity, it would be difficult to imagine a sword being particularly heavy. Archeological evidence tends to support this, with the heaviest swords being found only weighing up to seven pounds. The average weight tended to be approximately three to four pounds.
The largest sword that the Celtic Croft sells is 68 inches long and weighs under 7 pounds.