The wakizashi (Kanji: 脇差 Hiragana: わきざし?) meaning "side inserted sword" is one of the traditionally made Japanese swords worn by the samurai class in feudal Japan. More information...
Please note: This is just an ornamental item, not intended for real use!
- Overall length 62cm
- Blade length 42.5cm
- Length of the brass habaki 2.5cm
- Handle length 14 .8cm
- Diameter of the tsuba 8.5cm
- Blade width at the Habaki 29mm
- Blade width 10cm off the blade point 28mm
- Sharp blade
- Weight about 630 g
- Weight of the scabbard approx. 156 g
High-quality Crane Wakizashi of the Exclusive Collection "Oriental Weapons" made by MARTO®
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The wakizashi being worn together with the katana was the official sign that the wearer was a samurai or swordsman of feudal Japan. When worn together the pair of swords were called daishō, which translates literally as "big-little".
The wakizashi was one of several short swords available for use by samurai including the tantō.
While the wearing of katana was limited to the samurai class, wakizashi of legal length (ko-wakizashi) could be carried by the chonin class which included merchants. This was common when traveling due to the risk of encountering bandits. Wakizashi were worn on the left side, secured to the waist sash.