Black Leather Ribbon Knot
Brigade of Guards Knot
Brown Leather Ribbon Knot
Gold Corded Knot
Gold & Red Ribbon Knot
Gold Ribbon Knot
Royal Air Force Knot
Royal Navy Knot
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Knot
Tan Leather Ribbon Knot
Territorial Knot (non-approved)
White Leather Knot
The “knot” is in fact a loop of leather or other material secured to the sword hilt.
Before an engagement the swordsman wraps the loop around his wrist to prevent loss of the sword should he need to relax his grip (to control his horse, for example) or if the weapon is struck from his grasp. From these utilitarian origins, the sword knot has gradually evolved into its ornamental and distinctive form of today.
Sword knots are of two main types. For active service wear, the knot is a plain or plaited buff leather strap. Full dress versions are much more elaborate creations of gold or silver cord and tassels in patterns unique to each regiment or unit.
A selection of available knots is shown.
The sword knot, decorative as it can often be, is actually an essential accessory to the fighting weapon.
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