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Munitions Grade - Scottish Highlander's Dirk with Damascus Blade - AK021-MG
Scottish Highlander
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This ‘’Munitions Grade” item is not up to our normal high standards. Munitions grade items will typically have various bends or twists in the blades, basically rendering them as 2nds quality. These items are still a great choice for collecting and re-enacting and functional pieces will still be functional. Please keep this in mind when ordering.

This Scottish Dirk has a vibrantly-patterned blade of Damascus steel which was created when the skillful bladesmith pounded and melded differing steels into a single blade. The long blade is purpose-designed for decisive piercing and puncturing as well as capable cutting. The thistle-shaped grip is formed from blackened wood which is surmounted with a brass guard plate and pommel and embellished with brass pins. The dirk is matched with a sheath of durable leather with stitched construction. The belt frog is made from matching stitched leather and is decorated with antiqued brass and has a belt loop for easy wear. The hanging frog can be removed if desired.

An iconic weapon of the Highlander, the lengthy and rigid blade of the dirk was designed to easily pierce thick cloaks and woolen clothing and its notable blade length allowed it to be used in conjunction with a targe. A Highlander could both grip his targe shield and dirk in the same hand and the great length of the dirk allowed for the blade to protrude past the shield rim where it could be used to both prevent an enemy from closing as well as being used for strike of opportunity.

While swords were the reserve of wealthier clansmen who could afford them, nearly every man had a dirk. The universal nature of the dirk among the Highland Scots created a tradition of swearing oaths upon its blade- a tradition which may have been a holdover of Norse and Celtic origins whereby believed quality blades to be imbued with spirit and magic and were thus a focal point for interaction with the supernatural world. This oath-swearing on a dirk was taken very seriously and many oaths ended with proscriptions of terrible punishment upon the oath-sworn should they be broken.

A matching Sgian Dubh for this Dirk is available separately and is linked with a thumbnail in the ''also available'' section of this page.

Overall Length: 19 3/16'' Blade: 14 1/8''
   

$119.95
$80.00

Weight: 13.4 oz
Edge: Sharp
P.O.B.: 1 5/8''
Thickness: 3.3 mm - 2.8 mm
Width: 33.5 mm
Grip Length: 4 5/8''
Pommel: Threaded
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