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The Scottish dirk (also “Highland dirk”) is the symbolic traditional weapon of the Highland warriors. Historically, it gained its name from the Highland Dirk (Scots Gaelic “dearg”) where it was a personal weapon of officers engaged in naval hand-to-hand combat during the Age of Sail as well as the personal sidearm of Highlanders. Being also the symbolic and ceremonial weapon of the Highland warriors, the dirk made its way into the naval ceremonies in various countries in the 19th century.

The dagger has a symmetrical blade with two sharp edges, while the dirk, historically, had a single sharp edge and a thicker spine. Nowadays, however, the dirk is normally two-edged and more or less synonymous with the dagger, only differing in ceremonial use (e.g. by marine officers).

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A Dirk Knife features a long, straight blade with a single edge tapering to a pointed tip. Originating in the early 17th century, it serves primarily as a thrusting dagger. The blade, usually 12 to 20 inches in length, often displays a fuller groove to enhance rigidity and reduce weight. Handles, traditionally made from wood, horn, or ivory, are intricately designed. Dirks function as both a combat weapon and a ceremonial item, frequently worn as part of traditional dress. Modern interpretations vary in design, retaining the characteristic slender, pointed profile. Also known as Dirk or Dirk Dagger, it holds historical and cultural significance.

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