TWISTED WOOD HANDLE SCOTTISH DIRK (IP130) by Legacy Arms
The early Scottish dirk was a direct descendent of the medieval ballock dagger. The grip form began to change, probably sometime in the 16th century, but soon developed a form that was purely Scottish. The later versions that are quite popular, are somewhat debased in form, and not the pure fighting weapon of the early version. Make no mistake about it... this dirk was a pure fighting knife, and unabashedly so. The Legacy Arms Scottish Dirk's grip is made from a 1 piece solid handle hand carved to look like twisted wood, with blackened steel banded accents. The 12 inch blade is made from 5160 tempered carbon steel with a full tang and peened pommel. The blade is fullered and features a long row of serrations down its spine. The scabbard is wood wrapped in black leather.
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• Overall: 18 1/4"
• Blade Length: 12"
• Width: 1 3/4"
• Steel: 5160 High Carbon Steel
• Blade Thickness: 4.8mm - 2.7mm
• Edge: Sharp
• Grip Length: 4 1/2"
• Scabbard: Wood w/Leather Wrap
• Weight: 1 lbs. 8 oz.
Specs will vary slightly from piece to piece.
Some examples of early dirks show "gimping" of the blade spine, an effect that makes the spine of the blade look like it has dull saw teeth. The hilts were normally of wood and the scabbards of leather. The interlaced knots on the grips (whose origins can be traced to the Celts and the Norse) may have added needed traction in the heat of battle when sweat and blood had made the hands slick.
||Legacy Arms Blades are tempered 5160 steel with a robust apple-seed edge. The tangs are peened over the pommel. The fit and finish of Legacy Arms weapons is quite impressive, and would be at twice the price!