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22nd Sep '17 8:08:51 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''Chokutō'' (直刀): A straight, single-edged straight sword that existed prior to the 10th century. While they're also called Tachi but written differently (大刀), it's very different in design and, while it resembles a katana more than the Tsurugi, it's still not a proper one (resembles more of spadroons, without the crossguard).
* ''Tachi'' (太刀): A Large, curved sword similar to a katana, but longer and more deeply curved, and worn with the edge down. This was the katana-equivalent that was in use throughout most of the medieval period in Japan. Tachi are usually longer and more curved than katana, and also tempered harder than katana. This was somewhat an Achilles heel against the Mongols - the samurai complained their blades tended to chip against the Mongol armour.
* ''Katana'' (刀): Shorter and not as curved as the ''tachi'', the katana was introduced in the Muromachi period (mostly analogous to the Sengoku-jidai) in response to weapons control regulations that restricted the length of swords that could be carried. Most tachi were shortened into katana in response to the new laws (rather unfortunately, since there were a lot of very famous tachi that got modified), and new swords produced during the period were made with less and different curvature to reflect their wearer's greater likelihood of drawing and using them on foot in a duel than from a horse on a battlefield. Worn with the cutting edge up. The ''uchigatana'' is the most common type of katana.
* ''Wakizashi'' (脇差): A Muromachi-period short sword, worn thrust sideways through the belt. (The name literally means "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin thrust sideways.]]") Sometimes worn together with a katana (this combination is called ''daishō'', 大小) - this pair became the samurai's standard set of weapons during the Edo period, and was something of a status symbol. Their usage as such is actually much older, but only in Edo period it was [[TropeCodifier strictly codified]] and actually ''enforced''. Most samurai homes had a sword-rack near the door, so that visitors could leave their katana there but still have the wakizashi in case anything happened inside.

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* ''Chokutō'' (直刀): A straight, single-edged straight sword that existed prior to the 10th century. While they're also called Tachi but written differently (大刀), it's very different in design and, while it resembles a katana more than the Tsurugi, it's still not a proper one (resembles more of spadroons, without the crossguard).
* ''Tachi'' (太刀): A Large, curved sword similar to a katana, but longer and more deeply curved, and worn suspended by cords from the waist with the edge facing down. This was the katana-equivalent that was in use throughout most of the medieval period in Japan. Tachi are usually longer and more curved than katana, and also tempered harder than katana. This was somewhat an Achilles heel against the Mongols - the samurai complained their blades tended to chip against the Mongol armour.
* ''Katana'' (刀): Shorter and not as curved as the ''tachi'', the katana was introduced in the Muromachi period (mostly analogous to the Sengoku-jidai) in response to weapons control regulations that restricted the length of swords that could be carried. Most tachi were shortened into katana in response to the new laws (rather unfortunately, since there were a lot of very famous tachi that got modified), and new swords produced during the period were made with less and different curvature to reflect their wearer's greater likelihood of drawing and using them on foot in a duel than from a horse on a battlefield. Worn thrust through the waist sash with the cutting edge facing up. The ''uchigatana'' is the most common type of katana.
* ''Wakizashi'' (脇差): A Muromachi-period short sword, worn thrust sideways through the belt. (The name literally means "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin thrust sideways.]]") Sometimes worn together with a katana (this combination is called ''daishō'', 大小) - this pair became the samurai's standard set of weapons during the Edo period, and was something of a status symbol. Their usage as such is actually much older, but only in Edo period it was [[TropeCodifier strictly codified]] and actually ''enforced''. Most samurai homes had a sword-rack near the door, so that visitors could leave their katana there but still have the keep their wakizashi in case anything happened inside.



* ''Shin-guntō'' (新軍刀): Mass-produced officers' and [=NCOs=]' blades used from 1934 to the end of WWII. However, nationalists demanded that a more "native" sword be carried, so a design closely patterned on the katana was adopted. While some Type 94 shin-guntō used traditionally made blades (particularly those carried by officers from the old samurai families, who would often place their ancestral blade into a Type 94 hilt), the Type 95 and 98 versions all used a blade that was essentially a piece of machined steel with an edge ground onto it. While they weren't exactly ''bad'' swords any stretch of the imagination, in fact earlier shin-guntō were fairly functionable, they lacked the characteristics of traditionally-created Japanese blades. The quality of later productions worsened as Japan's resources dwindled near the end of the war.

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* ''Shin-guntō'' (新軍刀): Mass-produced officers' and [=NCOs=]' blades used from 1934 to the end of WWII. However, nationalists demanded that a more "native" sword be carried, so a design closely patterned on the katana was adopted. While some Type 94 shin-guntō used traditionally made blades (particularly those carried by officers from the old samurai families, who would often place their ancestral blade into a Type 94 hilt), the Type 95 and 98 versions all used a blade that was essentially a piece of machined steel with an edge ground onto it. While they weren't exactly ''bad'' swords any stretch of the imagination, in imagination--in fact earlier shin-guntō were fairly functionable, they functionable--they lacked the characteristics of traditionally-created Japanese blades. The quality of later productions worsened as Japan's resources dwindled near the end of the war.
29th Jul '17 9:02:16 PM Shadeblade11
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* ''Shin-guntō'' (新軍刀): Mass-produced officers' and [=NCOs=]' blades used from 1934 to the end of WWII. However, nationalists demanded that a more "native" sword be carried, so a design closely patterned on the katana was adopted. While some Type 94 shin-guntō used traditionally made blades (particularly those carried by officers from the old samurai families, who would often place their ancestral blade into a Type 94 hilt), the Type 95 and 98 versions all used a blade that was essentially a piece of machined steel with an edge ground onto it. While they weren't exactly ''bad'' swords any stretch of the imagination, in fact earlier shin-gunt&#333 were fairly functionable, they lacked the characteristics of traditionally-created Japanese blades. The quality of later productions worsened as Japan's resources dwindled near the end of the war.

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* ''Shin-guntō'' (新軍刀): Mass-produced officers' and [=NCOs=]' blades used from 1934 to the end of WWII. However, nationalists demanded that a more "native" sword be carried, so a design closely patterned on the katana was adopted. While some Type 94 shin-guntō used traditionally made blades (particularly those carried by officers from the old samurai families, who would often place their ancestral blade into a Type 94 hilt), the Type 95 and 98 versions all used a blade that was essentially a piece of machined steel with an edge ground onto it. While they weren't exactly ''bad'' swords any stretch of the imagination, in fact earlier shin-gunt&#333 shin-guntō were fairly functionable, they lacked the characteristics of traditionally-created Japanese blades. The quality of later productions worsened as Japan's resources dwindled near the end of the war.
29th Jul '17 9:01:55 PM Shadeblade11
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* ''Shin-guntō'' (新軍刀): Mass-produced officers' and [=NCOs=]' blades used from 1934 to the end of WWII. However, nationalists demanded that a more "native" sword be carried, so a design closely patterned on the katana was adopted. Needless to say, these were of much lower quality than most Japanese swords - while some Type 94 shin-guntō used traditionally made blades (particularly those carried by officers from the old samurai families, who would often place their ancestral blade into a Type 94 hilt), the Type 95 and 98 versions all used a blade that was essentially a piece of machined steel with an edge ground onto it.


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* ''Shin-guntō'' (新軍刀): Mass-produced officers' and [=NCOs=]' blades used from 1934 to the end of WWII. However, nationalists demanded that a more "native" sword be carried, so a design closely patterned on the katana was adopted. Needless to say, these were of much lower quality than most Japanese swords - while While some Type 94 shin-guntō used traditionally made blades (particularly those carried by officers from the old samurai families, who would often place their ancestral blade into a Type 94 hilt), the Type 95 and 98 versions all used a blade that was essentially a piece of machined steel with an edge ground onto it.

it. While they weren't exactly ''bad'' swords any stretch of the imagination, in fact earlier shin-gunt&#333 were fairly functionable, they lacked the characteristics of traditionally-created Japanese blades. The quality of later productions worsened as Japan's resources dwindled near the end of the war.
9th Mar '17 2:16:43 PM Owlorange1995
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* The prominent Japanese swords in Manga/OnePiece are katanas, but Trafalgar Law and Shiryu both carry nodachi. Issho wields a shikomizue on account of his being an {{Expy}} of Film/{{Zatoichi}}.
* Manga/RurouniKenshin: Aoshi, Sanosuke, and Enishi wield a kodachi, zanbato, and tachi. Saito briefly used a shikomizue. Many katanas that do appear in the series have custom features; Kenshin's sword has a blunt edge, Shishio has a serrated blade, and Cho has a WhipSword fitted with a ''tsuka''.
* In the [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda manga adaptation]] of VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime, Impa prominently uses a kodachi in battle, as does Sheik. No full-sized katanas appear in the setting.

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* The prominent Japanese swords in Manga/OnePiece ''Manga/OnePiece'' are katanas, but Trafalgar Law and Shiryu both carry nodachi. Issho wields a shikomizue on account of his being an {{Expy}} of Film/{{Zatoichi}}.
* Manga/RurouniKenshin: ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Aoshi, Sanosuke, and Enishi wield a kodachi, zanbato, and tachi. Saito briefly used a shikomizue. Many katanas that do appear in the series have custom features; Kenshin's sword has a blunt edge, Shishio has a serrated blade, and Cho has a WhipSword fitted with a ''tsuka''.
* In the [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda manga adaptation]] of VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Impa prominently uses a kodachi in battle, as does Sheik. No full-sized katanas appear in the setting.



* Film/TheTwilightSamurai: In contrast to his katana-wielding peers, the titular character has been taught to use a short kodachi. The defensive nature of his style allows him to hold his own against those with longer blades, such as Koda and [[spoiler: Yogo Zenemon]].
* In the Edo-period setting of Film/{{Zatoichi}}, Ichi wields a shikomizue almost exclusively.
* The Japanese officer shown in the flashbacks of Film/TheWolverine carry shin-gunto as part of their uniforms. In the present, the two incarnations of the Silver Samurai(Shingen and [[spoiler: Ichiro]] use both katanas and wakizashis in battle.

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* Film/TheTwilightSamurai: ''Film/TheTwilightSamurai'': In contrast to his katana-wielding peers, the titular character has been taught to use a short kodachi. The defensive nature of his style allows him to hold his own against those with longer blades, such as Koda and [[spoiler: Yogo Zenemon]].
* In the Edo-period setting of Film/{{Zatoichi}}, ''Film/{{Zatoichi}}'', Ichi wields a shikomizue almost exclusively.
* The Japanese officer shown in the flashbacks of Film/TheWolverine ''Film/TheWolverine'' carry shin-gunto as part of their uniforms. In the present, the two incarnations of the Silver Samurai(Shingen and [[spoiler: Ichiro]] use both katanas and wakizashis in battle.



* Series/DeadliestWarrior: One of the samurai's tested weapons is a katana, but he also wears a wakizashi in the fight simulation. The ninja is given a ninjato, which is described on the show as a Japanese sword slightly shorter than typical katanas to make faster quick-draws.

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* Series/DeadliestWarrior: ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'': One of the samurai's tested weapons is a katana, but he also wears a wakizashi in the fight simulation. The ninja is given a ninjato, which is described on the show as a Japanese sword slightly shorter than typical katanas to make faster quick-draws.
9th Mar '17 7:49:42 AM Owlorange1995
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* In the [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda manga adaptation]] of VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime, Impa prominently uses a kodachi in battle, as does Sheik. No full-sized katanas appear in the setting.
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* Film/TasogareSeibei: In contrast to his katana-wileding peers, the titular character has been taught to use a short kodachi. The defesnive nature of his style allows him to hold his own against those with longer blades, such as Koda and [[spoiler: Yogo Zenemon]].

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* Film/TasogareSeibei: Film/TheTwilightSamurai: In contrast to his katana-wileding katana-wielding peers, the titular character has been taught to use a short kodachi. The defesnive defensive nature of his style allows him to hold his own against those with longer blades, such as Koda and [[spoiler: Yogo Zenemon]].




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* Series/DeadliestWarrior: One of the samurai's tested weapons is a katana, but he also wears a wakizashi in the fight simulation. The ninja is given a ninjato, which is described on the show as a Japanese sword slightly shorter than typical katanas to make faster quick-draws.

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* Series/DeadliestWarrior: One of the samurai's tested weapons is a katana, but he also wears a wakizashi in the fight simulation. The ninja is given a ninjato, which is described on the show as a Japanese sword slightly shorter than typical katanas to make faster quick-draws.quick-draws.
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9th Mar '17 7:46:37 AM Owlorange1995
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See the UsefulNotes.{{Swords}} page for more about, well, swords.
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See the UsefulNotes.{{Swords}} page for more about, well, swords.
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swords. Please note that because of the nature of this trope's description, all examples below will be subversions and aversions
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* The prominent Japanese swords in Manga/OnePiece are katanas, but Trafalgar Law and Shiryu both carry nodachi. Issho wields a shikomizue on account of his being an {{Expy}} of Film/{{Zatoichi}}.
* Manga/RurouniKenshin: Aoshi, Sanosuke, and Enishi wield a kodachi, zanbato, and tachi. Saito briefly used a shikomizue. Many katanas that do appear in the series have custom features; Kenshin's sword has a blunt edge, Shishio has a serrated blade, and Cho has a WhipSword fitted with a ''tsuka''.

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* Film/TasogareSeibei: In contrast to his katana-wileding peers, the titular character has been taught to use a short kodachi. The defesnive nature of his style allows him to hold his own against those with longer blades, such as Koda and [[spoiler: Yogo Zenemon]].
* In the Edo-period setting of Film/{{Zatoichi}}, Ichi wields a shikomizue almost exclusively.
* The Japanese officer shown in the flashbacks of Film/TheWolverine carry shin-gunto as part of their uniforms. In the present, the two incarnations of the Silver Samurai(Shingen and [[spoiler: Ichiro]] use both katanas and wakizashis in battle.

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* Series/DeadliestWarrior: One of the samurai's tested weapons is a katana, but he also wears a wakizashi in the fight simulation. The ninja is given a ninjato, which is described on the show as a Japanese sword slightly shorter than typical katanas to make faster quick-draws.
5th Jun '16 12:51:54 AM justanid
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See the UsefulNotes page on {{UsefulNotes/Swords}} for more about, well, swords.

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See the UsefulNotes UsefulNotes.{{Swords}} page on {{UsefulNotes/Swords}} for more about, well, swords.
2nd Jun '16 7:08:05 AM AnotherDuck
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12th May '16 11:39:17 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Shinai'' (竹刀): Not really a sword, but a flexible shaft of tightly tied bamboo splints that represents one in {{kendo}} to avoid injury. Still can be ''extremely'' painful and can give a serious injury if used wrong, since the flexible splints can transfer energy better than a solid object under some conditions. Which is why kendo also involves wearing padded "armor".

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* ''Shinai'' (竹刀): Not really a sword, but a flexible shaft of tightly tied bamboo splints that represents one in {{kendo}} UsefulNotes/{{kendo}} to avoid injury. Still can be ''extremely'' painful and can give a serious injury if used wrong, since the flexible splints can transfer energy better than a solid object under some conditions. Which is why kendo also involves wearing padded "armor".
25th Jan '16 5:36:37 AM WolfKami
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* ''Chokutō'' (直刀): A straight, single-edged straight sword that existed prior to the 10th century. While they're also called Tachi but written differently (大刀), it's very different in design and, while it resembles a katana more than the Tsurugi, it's still not a proper one.

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* ''Chokutō'' (直刀): A straight, single-edged straight sword that existed prior to the 10th century. While they're also called Tachi but written differently (大刀), it's very different in design and, while it resembles a katana more than the Tsurugi, it's still not a proper one.one (resembles more of spadroons, without the crossguard).
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