Vince Evans Highland Dirk
Original: Scotland, second half of the 18th century
Few weapons are as iconic as the Scottish dirk
. Descended from the ubiquitous and long-lasting ballock daggers
, it evolved into forms unique to the Scots. By the 18th century, the usually wooden hilts were often carved with interlaced bands. While serving the practical purpose of providing more traction for the wielder's hand, the carving also lent an organic appearance to a hilt form that dated back centuries. Many examples feature metal reinforcing bands that protect the top and bottom of the grip as well as the sides.
Vince Evans created this dirk in 2002. Though the carving is based off examples that date to later in the 18th century, the shape of the grip gives it a slightly earlier feel. The grip is of deeply carved maple, while the fittings are antiqued brass. The fullered steel blade features Vince's maker's mark and a false edge. The wooden scabbard has antiqued brass fittings to match the grip's and is covered in lightly tooled pigskin.
This dirk recreates the very small grips sometimes found on period dirks. Despite its size, the grip is quite comfortable and sure in the hand.
Overall length: 15.125"
Weight: 7 ounces
Width of guard: 1.5"
Blade: 11.125" long; 1.125" wide tapering to .5"
Grip and bolster: 3.625"
Maker: Vince Evans