Ceremonial Highland Dirk

Ceremonial Highland Dirk

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The Scottish dirk, also known as a highland dirk (Scot Gaelic, a biodag) is a symbolic traditional and ceremonial weapon of the Highland Cathairean (cateran or warrior). It’s worn by officers, pipers and drummers of Scottish Highland regiments (now battalions of The Scottish Regiment, since the regiments were amalgamated into one in 2006). The development of the Scottish dirk worn on ceremonial dress is a modern continuation of the 16th-century ballock or rondel dagger. This quality dirk features a nickel plated steel blade, laser engraved on the blades front nickel plated Scottish thistle leaf, engraved mounts, wooden handle with nickel plated crown and nickel plated nail and leather frog. It’s extremely popular with members of pipe bands.

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The Scottish dirk, also known as a highland dirk (Scot Gaelic, a biodag) is a symbolic traditional and ceremonial weapon of the Highland Cathairean (cateran or warrior). It’s worn by officers, pipers and drummers of Scottish Highland regiments (now battalions of The Scottish Regiment, since the regiments were amalgamated into one in 2006). The development of the Scottish dirk worn on ceremonial dress is a modern continuation of the 16th-century ballock or rondel dagger. This quality dirk features a nickel plated steel blade, laser engraved on the blades front nickel plated Scottish thistle leaf, engraved mounts, wooden handle with nickel plated crown and nickel plated nail and leather frog. It’s extremely popular with members of pipe bands.

During the period of proscription (disarming the population) in Scotland, only service in a British regiment permitted Highlanders to bear their traditional arms and dress. The 78th Fraser Highlanders, raised in 1757, wore full highland dress uniform and their equipment was described by Major-General James Stewart in 1780 as including a “musket and broadsword, to which many soldiers added the dirk at their own expense.” Today dirks are still generally added as a private expense.

The modern development of the Scottish dirk into a ceremonial weapon occurred during the 19th century, when the shape of the grip developed from the historical more cylindrical form to a shape intended to represent the thistle. Fancier fittings, often of silver, became popular shortly after 1800. The hilts of modern Scottish dirks are often carved from dark colored wood such as bog oak. Hilts and scabbards are often lavishly decorated with silver mounts and have pommels set with cairngorm stones. Our dirks feature a crown of St Edward (the current Queen’s crown). The blades measure approximately 30cm in length and are usually single edged with decorative file work known as “jimping” on the unsharpened back edge of the blade. Ours have the same feature, although the blade is NOT sharpened. When worn, the dirk normally hangs by a frog (leather strap) from a wide leather belt having a large, usually ornate buckle, that is worn around the waist with a kilt. Some accessorised Scottish dirks carry a smaller knife and fork which fit into compartments on the front of the sheath. A smaller knife known as a sgian dubh is also worn tucked into the top of the hose when wearing a kilt.

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