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Military Swords Buying Guides

First and foremost, Marlow White sells WKC swords and sabers. Our goal has always been to offer the best value - the best combined quality and price. A few years ago, we examined many different manufacturers' sabers to locate what we thought was the best value. We thought we would share with you some of our reasons for choosing WKC.

We understand that we can be accused of having a conflict of interest. For those of you who have dealt with Marlow White previously, we are confident that you will recognize our familiar "Golden Rule" ethic ... doing for you what we would desire if we were in your place. For those who may be new to Marlow White, we trust you will see our objectivity. We have tried to point out our opinion when it pertains to elements of style ... more elegant lines, more realistic etches, etc.

One of the challenges of buying a sword or a saber is the difficulty in comparing the small details from one model to another. When buying a new camera, you can visit a camera store and hold the different models in your hand to compare them. With swords, even if you were to visit a retail location, you would probably only be able to handle swords manufactured by one company, or at best two companies.

Military swords and sabers are manufactured by several companies around the world. Most countries have only one sword manufacturer. In the countries where there may be more than one manufacturer, the differences between the same-country manufacturers tend to be very slight. Today, most of the U.S. military swords and sabers are made in Germany, Spain, India, Taiwan, and China.

We have set up this section of our web site to show some of the small differences we noticed between the WKC swords and the swords from other manufacturers. Please do not misunderstand our intent - we are not denigrating other sword and saber manufacturers. We do not name companies or countries or origin. We simply want to educate and inform sword and saber buyers about some of the differences we have seen.

Army Saber Comparison:


Army NCO Sword Comparison:


Marine Officer Comparison:

Mameluke Sword Comparison

Marine NCO Comparison:

Marine NCO Sword Comparison

Navy/USCG Comparison:

Navy Officer Swords compared

Sample Cheap Marine Replica:

Example of replica quality