Scottish Dirk: Brass and Cherry

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.





  1. I am extremely impressed with your workmanship and would be interested in ordering two dirks within the next year.
    As well, your website. Mine is pathetic…and need a format similar to yours. Would you mind telling me who does yours ?

    • Scott Roush

      Hi… I will send an email to you answering these questions. Happy New Year….

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