Description and Wear of Uniform Components
The sword shall have a cut and thrust blade, from 22 inches to 36 inches long,
half basket hilt, and fit in a scabbard of plain black grain leather or synthetic
material presenting the leather appearance.
Sword, sword belt and sword knot are prescribable for all Navy commissioned
officers on active duty (except chaplains) in the rank of Lieutenant Commander
and above. The sword is optional for Lieutenants and below.
a. Sword Belt. Two sword belt styles are authorized:
(1) The traditional sword belt is made of plain black grain leather, or synthetic
material presenting the same appearance, 1-3/4 inch wide, with sling straps of
the same material, 3/4 inch wide. The buckle and mounting are gold plated with
the buckle 2 inches in diameter.
(2) The new shoulder sword sling consists of white cotton webbing with sliding
shoulder pad, an adjusting buckle, and a sword attaching ring. The sling is worn
beneath the coat, over the right shoulder extending across the torso, or over left
shoulder, with the ring attachment over the top of the left hipbone, at a point
where the sword slit is located in the coat. The sling is worn so that the ring
attachment protrudes through the sword slit of the coat, but so that the white
webbing is not visible from the outside.
b. Sword knot. Consists of a loop of 1/2 inch gold lace, 24 inches long with slide
c. Preparing the Sword Knot. 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 disproportionate. (One end should be
1/4 inch - 1/2 inch longer than the other.)
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
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 below:
Take two or more additional turns. Upon completion, the knot should hang free
as illustrated below:
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.
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
When wearing an overcoat with Full Dress Blue, 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. A sword is not worn with all-weather coat
other than specified in article 6201.1.a(1).