Paul Chen Miyamoto Musashi Wakizashi
Paul Chen Miyamoto Musashi Wakizashi Sword (SH1017). During the Muromachi period (1568-1603), the introduction of the pairing of the Daito (katana or long sword) and Wakizashi (short sword) was introduced. Only the warrior class - the Samurai - was allowed to wear the two swords, which remained a custom for the next several hundred years until abolished in the 19th century. The Daito (SH1016) is the companion piece to this Musashi Miyamoto Wakizashi (SH1017) with matching fittings and blade construction. We also carry the Musashi Miyamoto Daito (SH1016).
Miyamoto Musashi, arguably the most famous swordmaster in Japanese history, fought more than 60 duels before retiring and writing his famous treatise on swordplay, the "Book of Five Rings". Musashi was well above average height and his Daito (long sword) was made to match his size. Development of the two-sword style of swordplay, with the Daito (long sword) and Wakizashi being used together, is credited to Musashi. Fittingly, we are able to offer both pieces with matching mounts. The Hanwei reproduction of the Musashi Daisho (SH1016, SH1017) is faithful to the original down to the famous double-ring iron tsubas. The Musashi Katana is mounted in black and the tsuka-ito is in leather over ray skin. The blade is hand-forged in high-carbon steel and is edge-tempered using the traditional clay tempering method, resulting in a distinct hamon. Edge hardness is 60HRC, back hardness 40HRC. The grip is double-pegged to the tang for safety. Supplied with a protective cloth bag and traditional maintenance kit.
- Forged High Carbon Steel Blade
- Built for Cutting
- Traditional Construction
- Blade Length: 18 1/4"
- Handle Length: 6 1/2"
- Overall Length: 26"
- Weight: 1 lb 10 oz
- Thickness at Guard: .28"
Specs will vary slightly from piece to piece
This sword comes with a cotton storage bag and a Paul Chen Hanwei Traditional Sword Mainenance Kit.