This long-bladed dirk has a blade of single-edged blade of damascus. The hilt is of polished hardwood with integrated layers of steel and brass in the center of the grip. Brass pins finish the grip and the pommel is capped with rondels of steel and file-work brass. The thick spine strengthens the blade and stiffens the spine; ideal for delivering a strong and puncturing thrusting strike.
The Dirk is paired with a sheath of robust stitched brown leather with an integrated belt loop and retaining strap.
A direct descendent of the medieval Bollock dagger, the Scottish Dirk was a fighting blade that nearly never left the side of the Highlander who possessed it.
Thy Highlanders always appeared like warriors; as if their arms [weapons] had been limbs and members of their bodies. They were never seen without them; they traveled, they attended fairs and markets, nay they went to church with their broadswords and dirks.
For centuries the Scots were at war with the English, and when not at war with the English, the Scottish Clans would fight against one another in the never-ending struggle for local dominance. With constant conflict on his horizon, the Scot learned to live with his weapons at his side. His dirk would have been his trusty sidearm, a long dagger used not only used for fighting, but also for everyday utility and for cutting his supper meats.
The Dirk was most often used in an ice-pick fighting grip, and was often paired with the targe shield. The Scot could hold his dirk in his left hand ready to switch into his right hand should he lose his main weapon or even used as a surprise left stabbing weapon on a foe that came too close.
After the disastrous Scottish defeat of Culloden, the English banned the dirk along with most of the national weapons of the Scots. Only those in the military and the well-connected could carry them openly. As the British military felt financial strain the the decades after 1745, the dirk lost its position as a standard regimental weapon of British Army Highlander Regiments to the practical bayonet. Only officers and the well-to-do would continue to carry dirks, and these became embellished status symbols, often intentionally decorated to match the cutlery of the house.