That has definitely crossed my mind. I felt a little conceited, but at the same time I know that I would definitely have been stoked if my Grandad/Dad had something like that passed down through the generations.Yeah, you won't get to display it much during your active career; but, what hasn't been mentioned, is that your family and your descendents (mostly civilians), will after you depart, consider your engraved sword a family heirloom. It may well be handed down along with your uniformed photos, through many family generations. Thus you'll be remembered often by descendents who, having never known you... will take pride in Great X 3-4 GrandPa's(Ma's) good looks, and sterling record of service, never to be forgotten!
Doesn't one owe future generations more than a cheapo' $25 weapon, that suffices for cake-cuttings, and an occasional inspection?
BzB, thinking only of the distant future
What kind of engravings have people had done? Just Name/Date usually?
By the way, I truly appreciate all the feedback