Vince Evans Scottish Dirk
A hands-on review by Patrick Kelly
This is the piece that convinced me that Vince Evans was the man to make my special sword Milestone. While Vince makes edged weapons from just about every period and culture, Scottish weapons are a specialty of his. This Jacobite era dirk is an excellent example.
Vince once told me that upon examining antique dirks he realized that many of his early dirks were too large. This dirk is an outstanding example of the fact that there is no substitute for the hands-on research of historic originals. This dirk is quite handy in size yet would be quite lethal and deadly in actual use. The blade is extremely sharp.
Measurements and Specifications:
Replica created by Vince Evans of Hawaii
Fit and Finish
The grip is fashioned from stained maple and carved in the classic Celtic knot-work pattern. This knot-work is actually collaboration between Vince and his wife Grace. Apparently the talent in the Evans household isn't limited to the male half.
The furniture is executed in brass and is quite cleanly executed on both dirk and scabbard. The scabbard is also covered in black Moroccan leather. On note about the scabbard, all of Vince's work comes with a scabbard included in the price. Most makers charge extra for a scabbard, many of them not of this quality level. With Vince Evans it's just business as usual.
About the Author
Patrick is a State Trooper serving with the Kansas Highway Patrol. He has been fascinated with edged weapons, particularly the medieval sword, since early childhood. Not only is Patrick thankful for any opportunity to indulge in his favorite hobby, he is also blessed with a wife who tolerates a house full of sharp pointy things.
Photographer: Patrick Kelly