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How to Wear Your Navy & Coast Guard Officer Sword

What is the proper way to wear the Navy & Coast Guard Officer Sword?


The Sword Knot consists of a loop of 1/2 inch gold lace, 20 inches long with slide and tassel.

Sword Knot
Navy Belt

How to wrap the Knot around the Sword Guard

Tying a Sword Knot Step 1
While holding the blade handle to the left, pass the lace through the slit in the guard of the hilt. When forming the initial bight of lace the suspended lengths should be somewhat is proportionate. (One end should be 1/4 inch - 1/2 inch longer than the other.)
Tying a Sword Knot Step 2
After taking one turn of the remaining lace and knot around the sword handle, pass the sword knot through the protruding initial bight and adjust the lace slide, as illustrated.
Tying a Sword Knot Step 3
Take two or more additional turns. Upon completion, the knot should hang free as illustrated.

How to Wear the Navy & Coast Guard Sword Belt

How to Wear Step 1
Wear the sword belt under the coat. The short belt strap and lock swivels are passed through the coat opening on the left side (as shown) and the longer strap hangs free. Hold the sword with the right hand and attach the back swivels to the scabbard rings as shown.
How to Wear Step 2
Twist the sword one half turn in a clockwise direction and suspend on the sword hook with the uppermost scabbard ring. The sword handle faces aft when properly worn.
How to Wear Step 3
NOTE: When wearing an overcoat with Full Dress Whites, the sword goes through the slit in the bridge coat and the lower loop goes through the back vent in the coat and the sword attached - same as Full Dress Blue.

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