What is a Wakizashi?
Wakizashi, a shorter and smaller "partner" sword to its katana counterpart, was worn on the left side, fastened to the waist sash (Uwa-obi or himo), with a curved, single-edged blade between 30 and 60 cm (12 and 24 in) in length.
On the other hand, Wakizashi Swords are not always a scaled-down replica of the katana; they may also be forged differently and have a different cross-section. Japanese bladesmiths usually made the wakizashi with a narrower cross-section to make it a sharper, more lethal weapon.
The Tokugawa shogunate mandated that samurai carry long and short swords in pairs during the Edo period. These short swords were known as wakizashi and tanto, and wakizashi were more popular than tanto since they were better suited for indoor combat.
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Katana Blade Types
Clay tempering gives a sword blade both flexibility and hardness, and clay tempered katana exhibits excellent durability that is inherited from high carbon steel
Folded steel blades, usually referred to as Damascus steel, are made by hammering the steel flat and folding it over repeatedly to create multiple layers of steel
Carbon steel is durable, extremely strong and shock resistant. It is one of the best blade materials, and can be easily forged, maintained and cleaned.
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