Below are photos profiling some of the differences we have seen on the Marine NCO Sword guard. Under the photo, we discuss each numbered issue. Below our discussion, we show the image of WKC's guard (without the red) and two other manufacturers' guards from different countries. All images are completely unretouched.
- Thumb Guard Casting Detail and Shape (two angles): WKC's thumb guard has an intricate shape and a beautiful depth to it. While Country Two has a shape that is the closest to being similar, the depth and intricacy of the casting appears inferior to WKC's. Of the three, Country One has the poorest detail and the least desirable shape (though we recognize "shape" is a subjective opinion).
- Floral Detail: If you look closely at the floral work cast into the edge of the hand guard, you'll notice that both WKC and Country One have good detail, while Country Two's is somewhat undefined. Again, notice the poor gold color of Country One.
[photos are not retouched]