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a braid of cotton, leather, or galloon, bent in half and having a tassel at the end; it was carried on the hilt of various types of swords. Warrior knights of the 14th and 15th centuries wore the sword knot on the arm in battle in order to hold a weapon more securely. In various armies the sword knot subsequently came to be worn according to an established dress code, first by officers and later by soldiers. The sword knot also became a mark of distinction in the Russian army, as when worn with the ribbon of St. George or with the ribbon of the Order of St. Anne Fourth Class.