The highland clansman of the 17th and 18th centuries were noted for the dirks they wore as part of their daily dress. In battle the dirk was held in the left hand along with a small circular shield known as a targe and a basket-hilted broadsword was used in the right hand. With this combination of weaponry not only could the clansman ward off enemy blades but he could also dispatch either one or two opponents simultaneously. Early Scottish dirks developed from the medieval ballock dagger and often had plain wooden grips carved with Celtic interlace. The blades were single edged- long and extremely pointed.
Later highland dirks had metal re-enforced grips and the blades were often ground down from broken swords. The dirk is still in use today both as part of military highland dress and as a general highland dress accessory.
EN45 Spring Steel
Blade Length 28 cm
Overall Length 45 cm
Price QualityPeterGreat quality and fast delivery .
I am very happy with this dirk
Price QualityPaulLove it.goes great with my collection. Now I want the Robert the Bruce sword to go with it.
Price Qualitypaulvery pleased. looks great. stands out from the rest of my collection of daggers and swords.a real show peice. i now want the robert the bruce sword to go with it.
Price QualityBig BrownieWell made will look good with Great Kilt complements Highland Sgian Dubh very well. Nice weight.Nice well made sheath only fault I would say is does not fit to tightly in sheath could be a tighter fit. Overall a good well made product.
Price QualityDenisReasonably well made for the money will go well with my great kilt
Price QualityAlistair begVery reasonable price for a stunning object, I have a collection of targes , dirks and broadswords and this is definately not out of place. Well made, handle looks hand carved, looks authentic for the period and comes complete with a well made sheath. Will definately put this site on my favourites list.