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The Japanese Wakizashi

Japanese swords between 11.8" (30 cm) and 23.6" (60 cm) are called Wakizashi. These are the shorter of the two swords worn as a daisho . The wakizashi was used with one hand and the blade was worn on the belt with the edge up. Japanese merchants were not allowed to wear  Katana, so they often carried Wakizashi.