Wakizashi

The Wakizashi is a short sword with a slightly shorter blade between 30 cm and 60 cm. It was often worn as a pair of swords (Daishō) by the samurai. In buildings the Katana was put down and only the Wakizashi was worn in the belt (obi). Miyamoto Musashi - according to tradition - was the first Samurai to use Katana and Wakizashi in battle. He is credited with founding the martial art Niten Ichiryū.

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