Dirk daggers

Dirk is a Scots word for a short dagger; sometimes a cut-down sword blade mounted on a dagger hilt, rather than a knife blade. Scottish dirk daggers are a traditional accessory worn with the kilt as a part of full Highland dress for formal occasions. The Scottish dirk dagger evolved from an earlier type of weapon known as a Bollock dagger. Many Scottish dirks carry a smaller knife and fork which fit into compartments on the front of the sheath.

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The hilts of Scottish dirk daggers are traditionally carved from dark colored wood such as bog oak or ebony. Scottish dirks are often lavishly decorated with silver mounts and have pommels set with cairngorm stones. The blades of most Scottish dirks measure 12" in length and are single edged with decorative file work known as "jimping" on the unsharpened back edge of the blade. When worn, the dirk normally hangs by a leather strap known as a "frog" from a dirk belt, which is a wide leather belt having a large, usually ornate buckle, that is worn around the waist with a kilt.

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