Wakizashi

Samurai Short Sword made for the Martial Artist

The Wakizashi was a traditional Japanese short sword worn at the side of the samurai class in feudal Japan. When paired with a katana it was known as Daisho which translated to "big-little" and first appeared sometime in the Japanese Edo Period. The wakizashi was an effective close quarters sword and unlike the katana, which was left at the door of dwellings with servants, it was always kept at the samurai’s side.

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What is the difference between a katana and a wakizashi

The wakizashi is a Japanese sword that is shorter than the katana but longer than the tanto. It is commonly referred to as a "companion sword" to the katana, as it was often worn together with it as part of the samurai's outfit. The wakizashi has a blade length of approximately 30-60 cm (12-24 inches) and a total length of around 50-80 cm (20-31 inches).

The main difference between a katana and a wakizashi is their length. The katana is typically longer, with a blade length of around 60-80 cm (24-31 inches) and a total length of around 100-110 cm (39-43 inches).

What was a wakizashi used for?

The wakizashi was a popular weapon among the samurai in feudal Japan. It was often used as a backup weapon when the samurai's katana was damaged or lost in battle. The wakizashi was also used for close-quarters combat, such as when fighting in narrow spaces like hallways or on horseback. It was also used as a tool for ritual suicide, or seppuku, by samurai who had committed a serious offense or failed their lord.

The wakizashi was not only used as a weapon but also as a symbol of the samurai's status and honor. It was often passed down through generations of a samurai's family and was considered a valuable family heirloom. The wakizashi was often used in ceremonies and as a sign of respect to important guests.

In modern times, the wakizashi is still used in Japanese martial arts such as iaido and kendo. It is also a popular collectible among sword enthusiasts and is often displayed as a decorative item in homes or offices.