Definition of a Dirk In Virginia

In recent opinions, the Supreme Court and this Court have addressed the definition of a dirk. In Wood v. Henry County Public Schools, 255 Va. 85, 495 S.E.2d 255 (1998), the Supreme Court held that "a 'dirk' is defined as 'a long straight-bladed dagger formerly carried especially by the Scottish Highlanders, 2. a short sword formerly worn by British junior naval officers.'" Id. at 95 n.6, 495 S.E.2d at 261 n.6. That definition is consistent with our earlier holding that "a 'dirk' or weapon of like kind is any stabbing weapon having two sharp edges and a point, including daggers, short swords and stilettos." Richards v. Commonwealth, 18 Va. App. 242, 246 n.2, 443 S.E.2d 177, 179 n.2 (1994).