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The dirk was characteristically, almost exclusively, a Scottish weapon. It had a long thin blade, usually sharpened only on one edge, a conical hilt adorned with studs, and often an engraved blade. Dirks were used functionally up to the 18th century. From the 19th century on they have been essentially a ceremonial weapon.
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Daggers and knives have been part of civilian wear and military dress since the first knives were crafted from stone. A few cultures throughout history, though, have taken this utilitarian tool and really turned it into an item of great cultural significance.
The dirk, as developed by the Scots, is one of these weapons. The Scots of the Middle Ages and Renaissance spent much of their time in conflict whether warring with England for independence or fighting with other clans for local dominance. As such, the Scots were known to go through their daily lives fully or nearly fully armed, more so than other Europeans of the time. A quote by John Hume perfectly illustrates this: "Thy [the 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 travelled, they attended fairs and markets, nay they went to church with their broadswords and dirks."
Dirks were effective weapons in war as well as a useful tool for everyday tasks, including eating. They were also more affordable than a sword. Taking these things into account, it is easy to see why it was hard to find a Highlander without such a weapon.
So what is a dirk? At its most basic a dirk can be defined as a "long dagger with a straight blade." This loose definition of course encompasses many different kinds of knives; in fact, most daggers will fit within this definition. The Scottish dirk, though, has unique features that set it apart from other straight-bladed side arms. It is a cultural emblem, a representation of Celtic pride - and yours to own!
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I WAS LOOKING FOR A MEDIEVAL TABLE DAGGER WHEN I FOUND THIS SCOTTISH DIRK. THE CRAFTSMANSHIP IS PERFECT, FROM THE ENGRAVED BLADE TO THE CARVED HILT AND DECORATED SCABBARD. I'M PLANNING A BIRTHDAY FEAST JUST SO I CAN SHOW IT OFF... BRING ON THE VENISON! TRACY on 15th Aug 2017
A beautiful item, very impressive. Wish it was sharpened but then again that would probably just complicate things. Great value for money. Unknown on 1st Aug 2017
A very nice dirk, especially suited to formal occasions with its black and silver furniture, that should certainly be more than adequate to, in Robert Burn's words in his Address to a Haggis "cut you up wi' ready sleight, trenching your gushing entrails bright like ony ditch". McTavish on 27th Apr 2017
Very happy with my purchase. I've been looking at getting one for a while now. Medieval shoppe definitely delivered the goods. Stoffi on 19th Jun 2015
Love the detail and craftsmanship on this, it is a beautiful piece! And at such an affordable price, most places have dirks $100 or over without any detail at all. Even the scabbard is intricately detailed. 5 star piece! Unknown on 16th Apr 2015
Excellent quality dirk, well made and feels very comfortable. Would recommend this dirk for anyone looking to buy one Alan Purves on 28th Mar 2015
Beautiful craftmanship has gone into this Dirk. It will be a fine accompaniment to my kilt and fitting for next Burns night. Well done! Terry Sinclair on 14th Oct 2014