Scottish Dirk

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  1. hso

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    18C Scotts Dirk.JPG
     
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    Those will tickle your ribs and vent your lungs!
     
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    Lovely lass.
     
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    Are those current or historical? Very fine work either way...
     
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    Was in Scotland in October and visited a couple of museums- one in Edinburgh and one in Culloden. Think there was another one or two someplace as well:). Regardless, saw quite a few Scottish dirks there. Had such a great time. Beautiful blades.
     
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    Very nice! Love the intricate carvings too!
     
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    18th Century
     
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    Hah.
    A dirk is always referred to in masculine terms!
     
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    near perfect examples, too.
     
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    Beautiful.

    Always wanted a repro.

    Wouldn't even begin to know how to use it.
     
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    A stout laddy, then
     
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    Poke them with the pointy end, to quote Ned Stark
     
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    I guess that I was about 11 when we took a vacation to the Lake District and then into Scotland. Dad was stationed in England for 4 years. I used my allowance to buy a small Scottish dirk, probably about 5". It was in one of the antique/junk shops that my Mom used to enjoy. I doubt that I paid more than £1 10s. No clue as to how old it was, guessing at least 30-40 years or more. That was over 50 years ago. I wish that I knew what became of it.
     
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    what is the difference between a dirk and a dagger?
    Thanks
     
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    Not much, seeing as this is the dictionary definition of a dirk: "a short dagger of a kind formerly carried by Scottish Highlanders."
     
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    If I remember what my Mom taught me... "Your thumb gives control" at least that's what folks were taught about using the british commando dagger all those years ago... A very accomplished lady my Mom....

    Add to that thumb control on the base of the blade to an upward thrust from a low angle and you have a very bad news blade for your opponent...
     
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    Very cool
     
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    Very pointy dirk.

    Rather interesting shape on the sgian dubh.

    I'm used to seeing rather broader dirks, and shorter pointier black knifes.
     
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    Almost a short sword. Scottish dirk doesn't have a hilt guard, most daggers do.
     
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    That's just a companion knife instead of a sgian dubh. Think of it as a steak knife instead of the stocking knife. ;)
     
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    A dirk is a type of dagger. It may be single edged.
     
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    According to family tradition (Cameron side), "dirk" was originally a euphemism

    The design presented above was also called a "ballock dagger" for obvious reasons, especially as it was often worn front and center of the belt... .
     
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    Sore an' y'r nae tae slice a' haggis wi' it [:)]

    A kilt does lend some context for both dirk and sqian duih. Mind, the kilt can be the most expensive outlay, though. Which gets into choosing a plaid, as that sets the hue for accessories. Mind, finding the right sporran is as complicated as the rest.
     
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    Ah-so!

    I have seen dirk scabbards that had an eating knife and fork incorporated longitudinally, does the " steak knife" above fit into the above scabbord?

    Is there a cairngorm (smoky quartz) stone on the end of the handles?
     
  25. Bwana John

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    Usually you don't "choose" a tartan, it is "yours".
    You do get to choose the form of that tartan, ie dress, royal, ancient, hunting, and that would determine the style of accessory's.
     
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