The Samurai's Shortest Sword/Knife, The Tanto
The Samurai Tanto is the shortest of the swords carries by the later period Samurai. It was primarily used like a knife or stabbing weapon but could also be used for utility work. The tanto would often be found paired with a katana or as a set with a katana and wakizashi. Some samurai would carry all three swords however some would prefer the tanto to the wakizashi and pair it with their katana for indoor fighting as it was in the earlier periods with a tanto and tachi.
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