Below is a photo profiling some of the differences we have seen on the Navy Sword grip and guard. Under the photo, we discuss each numbered issue. Below our discussion, we show the image of WKC's grip and guard (without the red) and two other manufacturers' grips and guards from different countries. All images are completely unretouched.
- End Nut Fit: WKC's end cap fits nicely onto the sword grip, Country Two has a significant gap (we trust the sword we received from Country Two was defective and is not indicative of all their Navy Swords). You'll also notice that WKC's end cap has a more convex appearance.
- Wire Wrap: Each Navy Sword's grip is wrapped with wire. WKC uses three twisted-wire strands; the other countries use a single twisted-wire strand. Either is acceptable, but we subjectively think the three twisted wires give a richer appearance.
- Grip Color: The grip coloration should be white, but Country Two's grip had a yellowish color.
- Sea Serpent Head Thumb Guard: A sea serpent's head is molded into the thumb guard of each Navy Sword. Our subjective opinion is that the WKC serpent head is more definitive and "real" looking. Each sword has a serpent head as a part of the hand guard. We subjectively feel WKC's design is superior to the others (especially Country One's).
- Grip Texture: In the background of the photo you can see the difference in grip texture. Historically, the handles were made of manta ray skin, so modern materials should replicate the random-size nodules of the ray skin. WKC replicates this look better.
[photos are not retouched]