Blogging from A to Z Challenge: D is for Dirk


a-to-z-letters-dI’m in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge for the month of April.  I need your help!  To meet this challenge, I’ll be doing one post a day, working through the alphabet.

Your job is to comment and keep me motivated!  Let me know you’re out there and following along.  Can she make it?  Will she?  Of course she will!  With you as my cheering section, I won’t be stumped by J or Q or even X.

So without further ado, here is today’s post.

217px-Scottish_dirk,_blade_by_Andrew_Boog,_Edinburgh,_c._1795_-_Royal_Ontario_Museum_-_DSC09484D is for dirk.  Yesterday, I told you about claymores.  Today, we’re looking at a smaller bladed weapon – the dirk.  The dirk was a short sword or long dagger, pointed and good for stabbing as well as slicing.  It is not the same as the sgean dubh, an even shorter knife, which was usually tucked in a boot or under clothing.  Depending on the source you read, dirks were used for close-in fighting, all sorts of utility work, or even sending the wounded to their final rest.  My characters use them, too.

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3 comments on “Blogging from A to Z Challenge: D is for Dirk

  1. bronbloxham says:

    Sounds almost like the Swiss Army knife of blades… not too sure I’d want to be dispatched by one of those!

  2. I love dirks. They’re definitely up there among my favorite bladed weapons.

  3. Joe Owens says:

    The kind of tool intended to be for one use, unlike the firearm weapons that stir so much passion today. That looks like a wicked little tool.

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