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art-of-swords:

Wakizashi Sword

  • Dated: 17th century (Edo Period: 1603-1867)
  • Medium: steel, gold, copper and gold alloy, ray skin, silk, lacquered wood, polished horn.
  • Measurements: overall length: 45 cm

The wakizashi was used on close quarters combat and also to commit ritual suicide (hara-kiri or seppuku); it was the shortest sword used by the samurai warrior class. Its one edged blade measures usually between 30 and 60 cm with a long and complex manufacturing process.

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