A dirk is a type of dagger used primarily as a thrusting weapon. The weapon is best known as being used by the Scottish Highlanders, being worn as part of traditional Highlander clothing. The highlanders would often wield the dirk with a small shield with a spike in the center known as a targe. The weapon was also used during the age of sail as a close-range weapon for fighting on board ships, and later, in World War II, the Imperial Japanese Navy produced single-edged officer's dirks with a tanto-style point, and dirks are still carried by junior officers in the British Royal Navy as ceremonial pieces.


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