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The Wakizashi is the shortsword of the samurai warriors of Hachiman and companion to the katana (longsword).[1]

Very few Samurai can fight with it while also using their katana (see Ni-to-kenjutsu), thus it is often worn ornamentally and to signify samurai status only. A wakizashi is curved like its longer counterpart but measures approximately only a half-metre in length.

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  1. Sword of the Samurai - ???

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