Use of a sword's sheath as a weapon. If you still have the Cool Sword, then you can wield them both, or just leave the sheath on to pack an extra punch. If someone is using the sheath instead of the blade, it may be because they aren't intending to kill their opponent. An Iaijutsu Practitioner may use the sheath as a primary weapon, for feinting or stunning, or to show that it's not yet time to get dangerous.
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Anime and Manga
- Rurouni Kenshin:
- Soryusen is one of Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu's two-step battoujutsu techniques. It involves performing the standard battoujutsu strike, then drawing the sheath on the same path as the initial attack. A variation, Ikazuchi, involves performing a battoujutsu strike while the sword is still sheathed, then drawing the sword for the secondary attack.
- Takimi Shigure from the Non-Serial Movie dual wields his sword and its sheath, using the latter to perform feints, trapping, or as a throwing weapon when the opponent tries to create space.
- Nameless of Sword of the Stranger refuses to draw his sword, making him this by default. He still kills plenty of people.
- Inuyasha frequently uses the sheath of his Empathic Weapon Tessaiga as a shield, since being able to contain Tessaiga's power means the sheath is capable of generating a fairly powerful barrier. He's also made inventive use of the sheath's ability to call the sword into it on at least one occasion.
- Bleach: when Ikkaku isn't fighting with shikai / Bankai, he dual wields his sword and sheath.
- In Corsair, Canale, a former assassin now afraid of killing, is challenged to a duel and fights mostly with his sword sheathed as a result.
- In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Signum will occasionally use her weapon's sheath to parry attacks. She can also combine her sword with the sheath to transform it into a bow.
- Kanda from D.Gray-Man when he gets serious.
- In Digimon Xros Wars, the Bagra Army general Tactimon used a sheathed sword (Which he never unsheathes) to fight the good guys.
- A different kind of sheath weapon in Trigun. The sheath of one mercenary that goes after Vash is actually a shotgun in disguise.
- In The Seven Deadly Sins, upon the Sins' rescue attempt of Elizabeth when she is brought to the capital of Liones, Meliodas decides to Dual Wield both the sword he received from her and its sheath as weapons.
- In Drifters, Shimazu Toyohisa uses a brutal fighting style that allows him to use both his blade and the heavy sheath, sometimes in tandem.
- In Usagi Yojimbo, Genosuké the bounty hunter dual wields his katana and scabbard from time to time. However, that seems to be more a result of him always casually carrying his sword dangling over his shoulder, rather than a specific technique. Since he never tucks the sword into his belt in the conventional manner, he has to keep the scabbard in his off hand even with the sword drawn. After meeting Gen, Usagi uses the same technique occasionally. He also uses his scabbard to beat sense into idiots who don't deserve to die.
- O-Ren Ishii briefly dual wields her sword and sheath at the beginning of her fight with Beatrix in Kill Bill.
- Blood And Bone: The hero, Bone, fight the Big Bad in front of the Bigger Bad. The Big Bad being armed with a sword, the Bigger Bad has his henchmen give him one as well. The Hero just throws away the sword and fights with the sheath.
- House of Flying Daggers: Mei manages to defend herself rather well against 4 mounted spear men using only a sword scabbard for a weapon while pretending to be blind.
- Near the beginning of Blade II, Blade uses both his sword and the scabbard when fighting against two vampires at once.
- John Preston does this near the end of Equilibrium, impaling two mooks at the same time with a katana and its saya. It helps that during the fight, the saya had been sliced to a point by another mook's katana.
- Sam Vimes pulls it off with panache in Night Watch.
- The Vorkosigan Saga features a variant; Koudelka's Sword Cane has a spring-loaded release mechanism powerful enough to launch the sheath with enough force to knock a man over and probably crack some ribs.
- Nightblood's sheath is frequently used this way in Warbreaker.
Live Action TV
- This shows up occasionally in Super Sentai and Power Rangers. Interestingly, many of the characters who do this are samurai:
- In Ninja Sentai Kakuranger and Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Season 3, when Ninjaman/Ninjor grows to Humongous Mecha size and transforms (into "Samuraiman" in the former), he connects his sword to its sheath and makes a javelin out of it.
- ShinkenGold/the Gold Samurai Ranger does this in keeping with being an Iaijutsu Practitioner.
- Shurikenger's sword has an extra-wide sheath, all the better to use as a baseball bat. Ironically, while his American counterpart is identified as a samurai this use of the sheath is edited out.
- A couple others (Black Knight/Magna Defender and the Hurricangers/Wind Ninja Rangers) have it set up so their sheathed swords can be used as laser rifles.
- Vergil in Devil May Cry does this as the first two strikes of his main combo, and does it to Dante during a cutscene.
- Afro Samurai often uses his sheath as a weapon as well, particularly in the videogame where most of your combos involve a combination of sheath-strikes and cuts - and some of the niftier finishers involved steadying your opponent with the sheath to launch a pin-point strike through his skull.
- Ukyo's "weak" attacks in Samurai Shodown have him jabbing with his scabbard, keeping his sword sheathed.
- The Ronin's Sayageki ability in Etrian Odyssey 2 Heroes of Lagaard.
- Mitsunari in Sengoku Basara 3 uses his sheathed sword against opponents he doesn't want to kill, such as knocking Kanbe unconscious by hitting him in the face with it.
- In the Anime of the Game, Sasuke dual-wields with a sword and its sheath when caught off guard by Kotaro.
- Occasionally done by Zhou Tai as a juggling attack in the various Dynasty Warriors and Warriors Orochi games where he is given a katana. Then again, he's one of maybe two characters to even have a scabbard in the first place.
- In Samurai Warriors, Munemori generally clubs people with his sheath, only drawing the blade for his most powerful attacks.
- Tales Series
- Adray Lasbard in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time uses a katana as his main weapon, except he never unsheathes it. Basically, he's using a katana like a bludgeon.
- Augus in Asura's Wrath does this whenever he doesn't consider it worth unsheathing his sword, and it's still strong enough to kill kaiju sized space fish in one strike.
- Bloodborne invokes this trope with the Kirkhammer and Ludwig's Holy Blade. Their normal forms are a standard longsword. But their transformed modes use the longswords as handles to strike with their massive sheathes – a large stone hammer and a huge greatsword, respectively.
- Kingdom Hearts: The Samurai Nobodies normally attack with their dual katanas, though they may barrage their targets with a fury of strikes that also involve using the sheathes (which they control with telekinesis).
- From RWBY, Blake Belladonna's weapon, described as a "Variant Ballistic Chain Scythe", at first glance seems to resemble an oversized cleaver. However that's actually its sheath, which has a sharpened edge in itself and can be dual wielded with the actual weapon.
- Also, Adam uses a rifle whose barrel doubles as a sheath for his ninjato, allowing him to shoot his sword from the sheath.