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  • With a lightning dart, her hand went under her skirt and the blade of a sgian dhu flashed in the firelight.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • By the time I had gathered my wits sufficiently to wriggle out from under the defunct Harry, Arnold had joined his companion in death, throat neatly cut from ear to ear by the sgian dhu that Jamie carried in his stocking.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • The moon was bright, and the blade of the tiny sgian dhu flickered in the leafy shadows.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • The tiny sgian dhu, the sock dagger, was deemed acceptable, and I was provided with one of those, a wicked-looking, needle-sharp piece of black iron about three inches long, with a short hilt.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • He was wearing no arms at the moment except his dirk and sgian dhu, but during the day he customarily wore both sword and pistols, as did most of the men in the party.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • At Jenny's insistence, I took also the small sgian dhu she pressed upon me.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Best line: Dunnett sprinkles her story with bits of Scottish history or tradition, such as this one about a sgian dubh, the small dagger traditionally worn with a kilt: “Sgian dubh translates as ‘black dagger’ and in the old days warriors believed it should never be drawn and returned to its scabbard without spilling blood.”

    2007 November 01 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • He had a sgian dhu, carried in his stocking, but somehow doubted that its three-inch blade would offer much help in the present situation.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Then his eyes shot open, and before Roger could speak or move, Fraser had rolled up onto one knee, his hand on the sgian dhu in his stocking.

    Drums of Autumn

  • He turned the stocking tops down neatly, and slid the antler-handled sgian dhu inside, tight against his right calf.

    Drums of Autumn


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