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Nathan Robinson
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PostPosted: Fri 24 Dec, 2010 11:21 pm    Post subject: I heart my new Vince Evans Scottish dirk         Reply with quote

Hey everybody. I hope your holiday season is treating you well. As for me, I decided to treat myself to a gift for Christmas.

It's a new Scottish dirk created by Vince Evans. It's based on an early 18th century (about 1740) antique that has a uniquely characteristic brass heart motif.



The newly made dirk has a walnut grip carved with detailed knotwork and has antiqued brass mounts. It's about 17.5" long overall with a 13.25" long blade. The sheath is wet-formed leather and has a brass tip.

I've been fortunate enough to have handled many dirks made by Vince Evans over the years. This one is my favorite.

Here are some quick photos for you to see the work.













Click any of the photos to see full-sized versions.

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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2010 12:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Awesome!!!!!

Vince is exactly the guy I'd have contacted for a detailed reproduction of that dirk, and he outdid himself -- again!

Congrads and Merry Christmas!

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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2010 2:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan what a stunning piece to add to your collection.
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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2010 3:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That looks perfect....just like everything Vince makes. Congratulations.
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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2010 6:50 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

How do I get on your Christmas list? That is a beautiful piece and I envy you for it. You are a fortunate man to have so much of Vince's work.

All the best for the holidays and the New Year.

Lin Robinson

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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2010 8:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Impressive as always! Congrats!
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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2010 8:54 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

"I heart"..I get it! The dirk looks great! No surprise that Vince Evans did a great job! Really beautiful piece you have there Nathan! The knotwork carving is just superb. Your collection grows even more enviable! Congrats!
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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2010 9:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That surely is a beautiful piece (both the original and the replica). I agree, I think that's the nicest dirk I've ever seen. Not only the decorations, but the overall proportion and lines of the blade and handle combine to perfection.
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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2010 9:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's just lovely... Congrats, Nathan.
I really like the brass work. Very neat!
How's the strap secured to the scabbard?

I'm curious, does anyone ken if the original dirk handles were stained/dyed, like Vince does on his?


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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2010 10:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Good to see that your are treating yourself to an awesome gift to yourself. Happy Cool

Well, very very nice dirk and basically everything nice about it that everyone before me said about it. Wink Laughing Out Loud

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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2010 5:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congrats Nathan, Vince did a great job
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PostPosted: Sat 25 Dec, 2010 6:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Nathan,

Vince did a superb job on that dirk. I saw it on his website and wondered who owned it. Congratulations!

I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on the sheath. I like the look of them better than the wood core scabbards. How is the fit/function compared to your other dirks?

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PostPosted: Sun 26 Dec, 2010 6:43 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Lovely neat, tidy and accurate work Nathan!

You must be very very pleased with it!!!

Congratulations, and Merry Christmas!!

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PostPosted: Sun 26 Dec, 2010 9:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congratulations Nathan!

That's a beautiful dirk! The blade looks both severe and elegant at the same time, if that's possible. Happy

The hilt details are wonderfully executed. I believe Vince Evans does his finest work in the Scotish tradition.
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Dec, 2010 10:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Absolutely stunning! Congrats!
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PostPosted: Thu 30 Dec, 2010 10:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow! That has to be my favorite historical example and this is just an outstanding reproduction of it. That it just awesome. I hope it gets alot of love because it would at my house Happy
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PostPosted: Thu 30 Dec, 2010 2:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I somehow missed this thread so am late with a comment. It's extremely beautiful. Great wood carving.

How much does it weigh?
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PostPosted: Sun 02 Jan, 2011 3:42 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind comments. Vince of course deserves all the praise, but I certainly enjoy reading it.


Henrik Bjoern Boegh wrote:
How's the strap secured to the scabbard?


The strap is sewn into the back seam of the scabbard. I've included some snapshots below to show.


Chris Goerner wrote:
I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on the sheath. I like the look of them better than the wood core scabbards. How is the fit/function compared to your other dirks?


I think both styles have benefits and disadvantages. The wooden cored versions certainly are "smoother" as far as drawing the knife and and returning it back. The all-leather versions are a bit more secure. I suspect they offer the same protection as one another. I don't have a favorite for dirks. I've owned five dirks, two of which had all-leather, and the other three had wooden cored scabbards. I think the choices made for each one was the right choice.


Roger Hooper wrote:
IHow much does it weigh?


About 9 ounces



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PostPosted: Sun 02 Jan, 2011 5:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very, very nice piece Nathan! I like weapons that have alot of character like this. It looks meticulously crafted, and also appears to portray an acceptional level of respect towards the original example that it is based off of.
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PostPosted: Thu 06 Jan, 2011 1:44 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Henrik Bjoern Boegh wrote:

I'm curious, does anyone ken if the original dirk handles were stained/dyed, like Vince does on his?


Cheers,
Henrik



When I did the Picture Trail “how to” photos about 10 years ago, for various reasons, I was using dyed maple for my dirk grips. Shortly thereafter, I switched to using walnut and briar wood for the majority of my grips.

I have an early-1800s era John MacLeod dirk that is made from a light colored wood and stained to a dark color. Most of the original Jacobite era dirks that I have seen are a dark brown or reddish brown color, many made from a burled wood. I have also seen several that had almost a reddish/orange color and some that were a light colored wood. There were a variety of woods used, some straight grain, some burled, probably whatever they had on hand. The grips have oxidized over time and I believe are a darker color now than when they were first made.
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