Below is a photo showing a close-up of the Navy Sword scabbard's middle fitting. Under the photo, we discuss each numbered issue. Below our discussion, we show the image of WKC's fitting (without the red) and two other manufacturers' fittings from different countries. All images are completely unretouched.
- Recessed Screws - A Very Important Issue: The fittings of each scabbard are secured with screws. WKC works very hard to inset their screws, so that as you wear your sword the screws do not catch on your clothing. With other manufacturers, we have noticed significantly more screws that are not inset or which have burrs that will likely catch on your uniform (causing pulls, tears, and snags).
- Knotted Rope: The detail of the knotted rope shows the variations between manufacturers.
- Zigzag Design: The zigzags also highlight the differences between swords. WKC has a more intricate design; Country Two is very similar. We subjectively feel that Country One has a very harsh design.
- Leather Quality: The quality of the leather (some countries' scabbards may even be vinyl) 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. Country Two has a very course surface texture to its leather.
- Gaps Between the Fitting and the Leather: This issue is shown and discussed in greater detail here.
[photos are not retouched]