Perhaps originally a companion in winding thread (see skein) or a companion in arms, from skain (“a sword”) (see skean). See mate.
"skainsmate." YourDictionary, n.d. Web. 15 May 2019. <https://www.yourdictionary.com/Skainsmate>.
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