Wakizashi 脇差 (Japanese short sword)
The Japanese short sword is called a Wakizashi 脇差 or Kodachi
小太刀. These swords are used with one hand and were often worn as a
companion sword with a katana 刀 (Japanese long sword). A matched set of
katana and wakizashi are called a daisho. Only the samurai were allowed to
wear two swords in ancient Japan. Hanwei Forge makes matching wakizashi and tanto for many of their katana. The shinken blades are all
hand forged hi-carbon steel and are differentially tempered with a traditional
clay method. We also have a selection of un-sharpened iaito wakizashi
designed for safe practice.
- Shinken (真剣) Forged Wakizashi
- Shinken (真剣) Classic Wakizashi
- Shinken (真剣) Case Hardened Wakizashi
- Iaito (居合脇差 ) Wakizashi
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New Shinken Wakizashi
Our Bamboo Mat Wakizashi features a chu-kissaki blade of Hanwei's own high-alloy HWS-2S steel, which combines impressive performance with a striking O-choji hamon. This steel is made in Hanwei's new factory, with high-tech equipment, producing a very pure, advanced-metallurgy blade with excellent edge-holding capability and resilience.
The fittings feature a bamboo-themed black iron tsuba, textured in a bamboo mat design with a jointed bamboo rim and highlighted with gold-tipped bamboo leaves. The fuchi/kashira follow the same theme and the golden menuki feature a pair of sparrows. The saya is finished in high-gloss lacquer with horn fittings.
The Lion Dog Wakizashi features an O-Kissaki blade of Hanwei's own high-alloy HWS-1S steel, which combines superior performance with an outstanding O-choji hamon. This steel is made in Hanwei's new factory, with high-tech equipment, producing a very pure advanced-metallurgy blade with the best edge-holding capability and resilience of any blade ever produced by Hanwei. The outstanding performance characteristics of blades forged from HWS-1S steel derive from a combination of the careful selection of alloying elements and a complex processing procedure, basically involving the manipulation of the steelâ€™s carbon content across the blade section. This results in a very tough and resilient blade with a hard, highly abrasion-resistant edge.
The sharply detailed fittings feature a Lion-dog themed black iron tsuba, with matching fuchi/kashira and golden peony menuki. The complex saya features a gloss-lacquered ribbed section at the koiguchi/kurikata with the balance spatter-lacquered for a very attractive appearance. The premium multi-colored sageo is hand-woven in pure silk.
Shinken (真剣) Wakizashi
The Practical Wakizashi offers quality at a
great price. Blades are forged and differentially tempered to
producing an HRC60 edge and HRC40 back. The temper line is
authentic and prominent. Cost savings are effected by using
fittings which, while making no claims to authenticity, are very
strongly built to withstand the rigors of cutting exercises. It
is suitable for tameshigiri (test cutting) or kodachi kata.
The CAS Hanwei practical wakizashi fittings match the katana and
make a great daisho set.
Made as a companion piece for the Practical Plus Katana, the
Wakizashi features an edge-tempered high carbon forged steel blade with a
prominent hamon, genuine Same (Rayskin) on the Tsuka, and a handle wrap (Tsuka-Ito)
specially developed for its gripping qualities. The fittings of the Practical
Plus are decorated in a Japanese Dogwood motif with dragon menuki, and the
handsome Tsuba is of an iron "sunburst" design with a brass habaki.
It is suitable for tameshigiri (test cutting) or kodachi kata. The CAS
Iberia practical plus wakizashi fittings match the katana and make a great
The Great wave Wakizashi is stylized with the renowned Tomoe
motif. The tsuba, fuchi, & kashira are made of black iron and marked with the
Tomoe crest (mon). The blade is hand-forged from T10 high-carbon steel and are
differentially tempered using traditional claying methods. The temper line (hamon)
is evident and prominent. It has a deeply lacquered black saya with a one-piece
brass habaki. Real ray skin (same) is used on the tsuka, and the tsuka-ito and
sageo are made of premium woven Japanese black cotton. The wakizashi are
constructed with a large o-kissaki and is ideal for cutting exercises (tameshigiri)..
The CAS Hanwei tsunami wakizashi fittings match the katana and make a great
The Wind & Thunder Wakizashi is fitted with the black iron
Raiden tsuba and Tomoe motif fuchi and kashira. The handle is wrapped in genuine
same (ray skin) and the tsuka-ito is premium Japanese black cotton. The saya is
done in a traditional black lacquer and the sageo is also black cotton. This
sword is an excellent choice for those interested in batto-jutsu. It is
suitable for tameshigiri (test cutting) or kodachi kata. The CAS Hanwei
Wind and Thunder Wakizashi fittings match the katana and make a great daisho
The Miyamoto Musashi wakizashi features the legendary double-ring iron tsuba. It
is mounted in black with a textured saya for durability and the tsuka-ito is in
leather over ray skin. The blade is hand-forged in high-carbon steel and is
edge-tempered to display a distinct hamon. Edge hardness is HRC60, back hardness
HRC40. Supplied with a protective cloth bag and traditional maintenance kit.
The Shinto Wakizashi has a hand-forged T10 high-carbon steel blade with Bo-Hi.
The blade is differentially hardened using the traditional claying method. The
Shinto is mounted in black and the tsuka-ito is made of premium black Japanese
cotton. The saya is finished in a deep black lacquer with a black cotton sageo.
A finely rendered dragon, detailed in gold, with true front-and-back detail,
forms the black iron tsuba. The fittings are superbly antiqued adding to the
aesthetics of the set. The Shinto is supplied with a protective cloth bag and
traditional maintenance kit.
The elegantly simple lines of the Golden Oriole Wakizashi have long been favored
by admirers of the Japanese sword. The story told by the stunning tsuba is of a
mantis stealthily stalking the cricket, unaware that he is himself being stalked
by the Golden Oriole. The deeply lacquered blue of the saya is repeated in the
Japanese cotton tsuka-ito, and the Oriole appears again on the kashira. Supplied
with a protective cloth bag and traditional maintenance kit.
Bushido, or "Way of the Warrior", defines the code of conduct an honorable
Samurai must follow. Much more than the western ideal of chivalry Bushido is a
way of life; in both ancient and modern times. The koshirae of our Bushido set
features various samurai battle scenes. The blades of each are hand-forged and
folded from K120C powder steel. The saya are deeply lacquered in gold with
inlaid brass cherry blossom (sakura) flowers. High quality ray skin (same) is
used on the tsuka of the katana and wakizashi, while the tsuka of the tanto is a
gold-plated brass with decoration in relief. The tsuba of the katana and
wakizashi is of blackened and bronzed iron, with detailing in gold and silver
and a battle scene decoration. The tsuka-ito on the katana and wakizashi and the
sageo on all three pieces are woven from premium Japanese cotton. The fuchi and
kashira are of blackened bronze with brass detailing, and the kojiri, koiguchi
and kurikata are of polished buffalo horn. The habaki is a one-piece brass
construction. The katana and wakizashi blades are un-grooved. The katana and wakizashi have
medium-length (chu) kissaki.
The Orchid Wakizashi is as quick as it is beautiful with a relatively light
blade of folded K120C and striking koshirae. The hamon is prominent and the hada
shows distinct layers. High quality ray skin (same) is used on the tsuka, and
the tsuka-ito and sageo are woven from premium Japanese cotton. The tsuba is of
blackened iron, with an Orchid and Butterfly decoration inlaid in silver, brass
and copper. The saya are deeply lacquered in blue with buffalo horn koiguchi and
kurikata. The fuchi, kashira and kojiri are of bronzed iron with silver and gold
detailing. The habaki is of one-piece brass construction. Features a
medium-length (chu) kissaki.
Each piece in the Tiger group has a hand-forged and folded K120C powder steel
blade with Bo-Hi and a short (ko) kissaki. Saya are deeply lacquered in black,
with inlaid brass bamboo leaves. The ray skin used on the tsuka is of the
highest quality, and the tsuka-ito and sageo are woven from best quality
Japanese cotton. The Fuchi, Kashira, Kojiri, Koiguchi and Kurigata are all made
from blackened bronzed iron, selectively detailed in gold. The Tsuba is made
from blackened iron, with a tiger inlaid in brass. The Habaki is of one-piece
Each piece in the Kami set has a hand-forged and folded K120C powder steel blade
with a long (o) kissaki featuring a hand engraved "Fudo" Horomono and Bo-Hi. The
folding process creates exceptional hada, or grain pattern, along the blade
accentuated by the distinctive hamon. Saya are deeply lacquered in red, with a
black ring-carved section at the mouth. The ray skin used on the tsuka is of the
highest quality, and the tsuka-ito and the sageo are woven from best quality Japanese silk. The Fuchi, Kashira,
Kojiri, Koiguchi and Kurigata are all made from blackened bronze, with
decoration in relief and selective detailing of copper, silver and gold. The
Tsuba, depicting the Kami, or Guardian Warriors, are made from hardened
blackened copper, with decoration in relief and selective silver and gold
detailing. The Habaki is of two-piece construction, the inner section being
copper and the outer section gold-plated brass.
The Warrior Series from Cold Steel are strong, good looking, and reasonably
priced. The Tsuba (guard), Fuchi (collar), and Kashira (pommel), are
expertly made and finely crafted in blackened brass. The Habaki
(blade collar) is hand made out of brass and each hilt is
covered in Same' (ray skin) and tightly wrapped in the
traditional style with black cord. A beautiful Menuki (a small
ornamental sculpture inserted between the ray skin and the cord
wrappings on the handle) enhances the sword's aesthetic
appearance and makes for a sword that is as traditional looking
as we can possibly make it. All feature fully sharpened 1055
carbon steel blades, each heat treated to a spring temper. The wakizashi has a 21" blade and 8 1/2"
While the Wakizashi of the Raptor series provides a
matching piece for any of the Raptor katana, it is
designed as a very effective cutting tool. Made in the
blade style of James Williams' personal Nami Ryu swords,
this wakizashi allows the cutting practitioner to
perfect techniques for the short sword, at the same time
it completes an impressive display.
Iaito (居合脇差 ) Wakizashi
Good no frills starter Iaito. Nice balance and solid construction.
The Nyumon Jidai Koshirae iaito has a reinforced zinc/aluminum alloy blade.
The tsuka has shark skin inlays and black cotton tsuka-ito. The saya has a
Kuroishime black matte finish.
The blade of the Tonbo wakizashi is hand-forged and folded from powder steel, with a medium-length (chu) kissaki. The saya is a deep black lacquer featuring gold dragonflies. High quality ray skin (same) is used on the tsuka. The tsuka-ito is made of premium purple Japanese cotton. The tsuba is crafted in black iron, with detailing in gold and bronze and an exquisite dragonfly scene decoration. The silk sageo compliments this piece and is elegently woven in dark blue and black. The fuchi and kashira are black with bronze and brass detailing, and the kojiri, koiguchi and kurikata are of polished buffalo horn. The habaki is a one-piece brass construction.
The Hunter Wakizashi is built on the Hanwei L6/Bainite blade in the Shonogi Zukuri style, and featuring superb koshirae, the Hunter is a very desirable and functional piece. The subdued green silk ito and green striped lacquered saya with green silk sageo compliment the blackened tsuba with golden accents, featuring a raptor stalking his next prey.
The blade of the Kaeru wakizashi is hand-forged and folded from powder steel, with a medium-length (chu) kissaki. The saya is deeply lacquered in black. High quality ray skin (same) is used on the tsuka. The tsuka-ito is made of premium dark blue Japanese cotton. The tsuba is crafted in blackened iron, with detailing in gold and silver and a frog on lily pad scene decoration. The silk sageo compliments the theme of the Frog and is elegently woven in dark blue and moss green. The fuchi and kashira are of black with brass detailing, and the kojiri, koiguchi and kurikata are of polished buffalo horn. The habaki is a one-piece brass construction.
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of 18 without permission and consent of a parent or legal guardian. These are
real weapons and not toys. They are very sharp and should always be treated with
care. They are not prop weapons and are not designed to be used for theatrical
duels. They are not designed to cut down trees, cut through cinder blocks, stab
through cars, or any other torture test. Be careful to never put yourself or
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