Marlow White's swords and sabers have ceremonial blades. As such, they are built to strict military regulations to be used in drills, ceremonies, and displays. These blades are of the highest quality but are not sharpened for use as a weapon.
Below is a photo showing a close-up of the Navy Sword scabbard's mouth fitting. Under the photo, we discuss each numbered issue. Below our discussion, we show the image of WKC's scabbard fitting (without the red) and two other manufacturers' scabbard fittings from different countries. All images are completely unretouched.
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- Gap Between Scabbard Fitting and Leather: The tight fit between the WKC's scabbard fittings and the leather of the scabbard is another of the major quality issues that differentiates WKC's swords from other manufacturers. WKC hand fits each fitting to the scabbard leather, minimizing the gap as much as they are able. Notice the large gaps on Country One. The top gap on Country Two is fairly tight, but there is some gapping at the bottom edge. In fairness to all, fitting gaps can vary from sword to sword; we may have received a non-representative sword from each country's average quality.
- Leather Quality: The quality of the leather varies significantly from sword manufacturer to sword manufacturer. You can see the fine grain to WKC's calf leather. Country One has a fine surface texture as well; however, the material is vinyl. Country Two has a very course surface texture to its leather-covered scabbard.
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