Wakizashi

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A wakizashi (脇差, lit. 'side-inserted sword') is medium-length sword used by the samurai class in feudal Japan. The length of wakizashi vary in size with longer forms termed ōwakizashi ('great wakizashi') and shorter forms termed kowakizashi ('short wakizashi').

When worn with a longer or shorter sword such as a katana or tantō, the pairing forms a daishō, a reserved status symbol of the samurai class.

The wakizashi differs from the kodachi in that it is intended as a side-arm or secondary weapon, whereas a kodachi is intended as one's primary weapon.

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