Wakizashi Description

The wakizashi has a blade between 30 and 60 cm (12 and 24 in), with wakizashi close to the length of a katana being called ō-wakizashi and wakizashi closer to tantō length being called ko-wakizashi. 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 katana was the big or long sword and the wakizashi the companion sword. Wakizashi are not necessarily just a smaller version of the katana; they could be forged differently and have a different cross section. 

Wakizashi Swords

1060 High Carbon Full Tang Tactical Samurai Wakizashi


Folded Damascus Steel Samurai Crane Wakizashi

Folded Damascus Steel Samurai Wakizashi

1060 High Carbon  Full Tang Samurai Wakizashi

Black Folded Steel Samurai Wakizashi

Red and Black Folded Steel Samurai Wakizashi

Clay Tempered 1095 High Carbon Steel Wakizash

Black Folded Samurai Dragon Wakizashi $269.99

1060 High Carbon Samurai Wakizashi

Hand Forged Folded Samurai Wakizashi

1095 High Carbon Survival Wakizashi

1095 High Carbon Tactical Survival Wakizashi

Folded Steel Samurai Dragon Wakizashi $319.99

Folded Hand Forged Wakizashi Samurai

Folded Steel Blade Musashi Tsuba Samurai Wakizashi $189.99

Clay Tempered 1095 High Carbon  Samurai Wakizashi

1060 High Carbon Wakizashi Samurai  


Folded Steel Samurai Wakizash 

Folded Japanese Samurai Eagle Wakizashi

Hanwei Great Wave Tsunami Wakizashi €540.00

Hanwei Wind And Thunder Wakizashi €550.00

Hanwei Bushido Wakizashi 

Hanwei Orchid Wakizashi

History of the Wakizashi

Wakizashi have been in use as far back as the 15th or 16th century. The wakizashi was used as a backup or auxiliary sword; it was also used for close quarters fighting, to behead a defeated opponent and sometimes to commit seppuku, a ritual suicide. The wakizashi was one of several short swords available for use by samurai including the yoroi tōshi, the chisa-katana and the tantō. The term wakizashi did not originally specify swords of any official blade length and was an abbreviation of “wakizashi no katana” (“sword thrust at one’s side”); the term was applied to companion swords of all sizes. It was not until the Edo period in 1638 when the rulers of Japan tried to regulate the types of swords and the social groups which were allowed to wear them that the lengths of katana and wakizashi were officially set.

Kanzan Satō, in his book titled The Japanese Sword, notes that there did not seem to be any particular need for the wakizashi and suggests that the wakizashi may have become more popular than the tanto due to the wakizashi being more suited for indoor fighting. He mentions the custom of leaving the katana at the door of a castle or palace when entering while continuing to wear the wakizashi inside. 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 (Uwa-obi or himo).

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