What is Wakizashi (脇差)?

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  • Wakizashi refers to a sword with a blade from 30 cm to 60 cm. It is used as a spare of KATANA(刀), but some Samurai preferred to use it as a main weapon instead.
  • In the Edo period, there’s a law that forced Samurai to carry a set of two swords(Katana and a Wakizashi) and the general public to carry one short sword such as a Wakizashi or a TANTO (短刀). Consequently, the law led to a rapid increase in demand for short swords.
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