Commisioned officer swords

#1
At the passing out parades of BRNC, you see all of the newly commisioned officers holding swords. My question is; are those swords for the officers to keep, or are they just for show?
 

IB08

Lantern Swinger
#2
Its tradition for officers on parade to carry swords on their right side. Army officers carry them as well for ceremonial duties. Not sure whether they do it in exactly the same way, though.
 
#3
Yeah, I know that, but once the officers pass out are they awarded those swords for them to keep, or do they have to turn them in after the end of the parade?
 

GPZ_pilot

Lantern Swinger
#10
lol - fair enough m8 - Wish you best of luck with it all - did send you a PM, but no answer so I assumed the best.

Still, Hope it all works out for you.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
#12
It was fairly common for young Officers to purchase a sword in days of yore - it's not uncommon for the family to pass one down through the generations.

Those from more affluent backgrounds may have a sword bought to mark the event by their families and sometimes they may be awarded as a prize.

If you're thinking of buying your own- there's no need too as you can always borrow one on the very rare occasion you need one, they cost upwards of £1000 for a decent one.

Short of lopping the top off a Champagne bottle at a wedding, they serve little other functional use.
 
#15
GPZ_pilot said:
lol - fair enough m8 - Wish you best of luck with it all - did send you a PM, but no answer so I assumed the best.

Still, Hope it all works out for you.
Well i did send an answer, but I don't think it ever got through.
 
#16
Ninja_Stoker said:
It was fairly common for young Officers to purchase a sword in days of yore - it's not uncommon for the family to pass one down through the generations.

Those from more affluent backgrounds may have a sword bought to mark the event by their families and sometimes they may be awarded as a prize.

If you're thinking of buying your own- there's no need too as you can always borrow one on the very rare occasion you need one, they cost upwards of £1000 for a decent one.

Short of lopping the top off a Champagne bottle at a wedding, they serve little other functional use.
Alright, thanks.

Can you buy them directly from the navy to ensure authenticity?
 

GPZ_pilot

Lantern Swinger
#17
Lol, d.w about it Sentenashi.

btw - its Ensure not Insure - insure is to insure a car or house - Ensure is to make sure it is authentic.
 
#18
Don't think you can buy them from the RN (I had trouble getting the right shirt at stores recently, dread to think what type of sword they'd sell me...)

Gieves and Hawkes military section can supply swords, along with a small number of other places including Sussex Swords who have a number of ex Wilkinson workers on their staff.
 
#19
GPZ_pilot said:
Lol, d.w about it Sentenashi.

btw - its Ensure not Insure - insure is to insure a car or house - Ensure is to make sure it is authentic.
You're hardly in a position to teach English junior.
 

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