NCO Sword Guard Orientation
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The most obvious difference between the two swords is the orientation of the guard, or what we often call the “butterfly piece.” Historically during the 1800’s, this piece was most commonly flat or oriented forward (like WKC’s), but some antique models have the orientation to the rear like Country One shows. Today, however, the standard is to orient the guard forward, a convention the Old Guard has practiced for years. This difference has a simple solution and is not catastrophic – simply take the hilt apart and reorient the piece – but one must ask how well Country One knows its customer and specifications.