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Dirk's

 

    On this page I have decided to put a couple of different models together since these really don't get a lot of attention and you don't see a lot of them around. Like the other Pre Effingham knives there are not a lot of variations to be found on these models. 

 

    First up are the two variations on the Highland Dirk. The Highland Dirk I and Highland Dirk II, both introduced in  1989. The Highland Dirk I  used a Japanese designed blade. The blades are Aus6 and the handles are Kraton.  The Highland Dirk I has a 4" blade and the Highland Dirk II has a 3.5" blade? I am not sure on that one. The blade on the Highland II is wider, has serrations, a thicker blade, and holes in the middle of the blade as opposed to the narrower, and thinner bladed Highland Dirk I which has an oval in the middle of it's blade. Also the blade of the Highland II was designed by Mike Stewart. There were about 1200 of each version.

 

 

Below are two views of the Highland Dirk II.

photos courtesy of Tom Carey

 

 

Below are two views of the Highland Dirk I.

photos courtesy of Tom Carey

 

 

 

 The Tartan Dirk

 

Specs:

Blade Length: 8.5" Weight:  oz.

Blade Thickness:  Sheath: Black Leather

Overall Length: 13 3/4" Blade Steel: Aus6a

Rc: 57-59

 

    Both the Tartan and Blackmoor dirk were designed with the advice of custom knife maker Pat Crawford. The idea was to overcome  a couple of design flaws of previous famous designs such as the famous Faibairn-Sykes knife. The F/S main flaws are that they are weak at the blade tip and at the portion in which the guard and the blade meet. Another flaw in older designs especially the F/S is the fact that daggers tend to be greatly lacking in overall cutting ability. Most daggers and for that matter dirks are only good for thrusting typing cuts. To address the problem of having both a sharp and strong edge while retaining the basic shape of a dagger type blade, the blade of the Tartan features a double hollow grind on one side and a single hollow grind to the other. This makes it possible to have a thin sharp edge while still having a thick spine on the double hollow ground side adding strength to the knife. The Blackmoor and Tartan dirks were designed to be used with the single hollow ground side facing upward. This is the reason that the thumb recess was added to the single hollow ground side. It's purpose is to be able to keep the knife properly positioned even in low light conditions. These features give these two models a very distinct appearance. According to information I have there were only about 900 of these made in either 1989 or 1990. It appears that all of these feature satin finished blades.

 

Below are two views of the Tartan Dirk.

 

photos courtesy of Tom Carey  

 

                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

 The Blackmoor Dirk

 

Specs:

Blade Length: 6" Weight:  oz.

Blade Thickness:  Sheath: Black Leather

Overall Length:  Blade Steel: Aus6a

Rc: 57-59

 

 

    For more information on the Blackmoor please refer to the Tartan Dirk section. According to information I have on hand the Blackmoor was designed in 1988 and came out before the Tartan. I believe they finally hit the market in 1989 or 1990. The Blackmoor was made in three versions. They breakdown as follows. The standard satin finished version, a high polished version, and a matte finished sand blasted version. It appears that there were between 2000 to 4000 of all variations made starting in 1989 or 1990 and ending sometime in 1991.  Between 75-100 sported the high polished blades, while 300 to 600, were sandblasted near the end of this models run in 1991. The rest and most in fact featured the satin finish. It appears that this model will be making a come back. On the coming attractions page, (http://www.blackjackknives.com/comat.html), of Ken Warner's www.blackjackknives.com web site, there is information regarding the reintroduction of this model. Thanks to new information it appears that a small batch of Blackmoors were miss-marked as Tartan dirks.

 

 

Here are some views of one of the miss-marked Blackmoors. It sports the high polish finish.

 

photos courtesy of Joe Dennard

 

    Note the interesting differences between these two knives. The blades are ground differently for one. Because of the way knives are made in Japan this is no surprise to me. Also notice the difference in the sizes of the two thumb prints. I suspect the reason that the print varies is that when one piece of tooling wore out it may have been replaced by the next size larger, or smaller in the set. Though it is hard to tell if you really do look you can see there is a difference in the finish of the two knives. The Tartan example seems to sport the higher polish finish.

 

 

Next up are some photos of a correctly marked satin finished Blackmoor and its' sheath.

 

photo courtesy of Tom Carey

 

 

               

photo courtesy of Tom Carey

 

photo courtesy of Tom Carey

 

                                                    

The Blackmoor pictured below is one of the later sand blasted variations. 

photo courtesy of  A.P. Lombardo

 

    Next are the Wasp and Wasp II. The blade length of the Wasp is 5.5" and the steel on both is AUS6. The Wasp was introduced in 1989. At this time I do not have info on blade length, steel, or the year of introduction for the Wasp II. I do know it has a larger blade. 

 

 

photo courtesy of  A.P. Lombardo

 

 

photo courtesy of  A.P. Lombardo