Here is another early style dirk of the Scottish Highlands. The grip was carved from a huge cherry root given to me by a friend. Root wood was commonly used for the carving of dirk handles so I thought I would try it out to add a layer of authenticity. For the blade I elected to attempt an inlaid brass spine like you see on several of the original weapons. These brass spines are sometimes thought to be a ‘blade catch’ where the opponents blade slides down the spine catching onto the softer metal. But the real reason is likely more to do with re-fitting of what may have been an old sword into a dirk blade. It is also a striking aesthetic component. This piece isn’t an exact replica, more it is a combination of various features from originals. I’ve tried to capture the authentic look of an antique heirloom. The overall length is 17 inches with a 4.5 inch grip. The blade at the guard is 1 5/8″ wide and the spine is 5/16″. This is a fast, light weapon reflecting the feel of a dirk that was converted from a sword blade. The sheath is thin calfskin over a heavier vegetable tanned core.
I’m asking $950 plus shipping for this Highland dirk.