Traditionally correct, but Blade Edge is at 20 degrees. Should be wielding degree 25 -30. Brad's should be Brass. No other complaints... Bought two.. 4.25 .Correct the anomalies... Cold Steel India makes Great Steel, just take too many Nontraditional Design Decisions.
Another excellent design by Cold Steel. This is a fighting weapon excellent for home defense or to add to a Highland ensemble. Blade did arrive a little dull and dirty (typical when sourced from India) but with a little work the 1055 steel can become razor sharp as well as shiny. (This is why I gave this product 4 stars instead of 5) Well balanced, solidly made, true to the Highland warrior roots. Another fine product from Cold Steel!
Have owned one of these Dirks for several years now, and all was fine until I retired and moved to Puerto Vallarta Mexico. The atmosphere is highly corrosive to 1055 carbon steel here, so the beautiful polished blade, and blued parts are now etched and pitted . Will have to disassemble it and have all metal parts refinished to a black finish more resistant to the elements
I like the old style look and it feels great in the hand. I only purchased the dirk for collection reason, and as such have not used it for hard task. I carry it as a defense weapon when I do carry it. Was disappointed that the blade wasn't razor sharp out of the box. Would not shave hair.
Received the Cool Steel Scottish Dirk today. The dirk came wrapped in paper and was produced in India. There is a British proof certificate included that certified that it passed certain British proofing test in terms of ability to strike a wooden block with no damage and the ability to bend by 5 inches off center and return to center without damage. The blade is carbon steel and will rust very quickly unless greased or maintained. The scabbard is wooden with a leather covering and metal tip and shank. However the metal on the scabbard is also carbon so that will rust too. I plan to cold blue the blade and scabbard to prevent them from rusting too quickly. The grip is a little awkward to hold at the moment but I plan to practice with it to get use to the swing and weight. The quality is good and very sharp and I can imagine using one for a battle and it will inflict heavy damage to the opponent if you know how to use it. All in all was I was pretty satisfied with the quality given the low price. A more expensive one with a stainless blade may look prettier but not as utilitarian. Good buy for a walk around sword/knife. I will probably try to make a kydex sheath for everyday use.