Wakizashi is a traditional Japanese short sword. Its shape is similar to that of the katana but smaller. The wakizashi was used from the outset as a defense weapon for the samurai, when he did not have the katana. Being shorter and more manageable, it was more suitable for defence in enclosed spaces.
Wakizashi, also known as shoto, is a traditional Japanese short saber. Its shape is similar to that of the katana, although the edge is generally thinner. Samurai warriors often carried both with them, collectively calling them daisho, literally ´the long and the short´. The wakizashi was used from the beginning as a defense weapon for the samurai, when...