Functional Oriental Wakizashis

The daisho is an important part of the samurai weapons. Consisting of two weapons, the daisho, which translated, literally means big little, consists of the katana and the wakizashi. At Dark Knight Armoury, we carry a number of wakizashi, many of which are inspired by our katana, so that if you desire, you can make your own matched daisho pair to complete your samurai style. A common question is why did samurai need two swords? Traditionally, the daisho was worn almost everywhere the samurai went except when they were taken in as guests in a lords home, in which case, the katana was left at the door, out of polite courtesy. The wakizashi, though, which is, in essence, a smaller katana, was kept at the side for easy use, should he be attacked while indoors. Many of the wakizashi found here at Dark Knight Armoury are fully functional, which makes them a great companion to their matched katana, as well as a fine cutting weapon and battle blade to own and wield in their own right. They can be wielded singly, just as the samurai would have in early history, or you can mimic the style of famed Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, who pioneered the technique of nito ichi, and wield your katana alongside its matched wakizashi. Many of the functional oriental wakizashi, like their katana brothers, feature emblems and designs traditional of Japanese design, including dragonflies, kami, koi, flowers, and more, which makes many of ones found here at Dark Knight Armoury as deadly as they are beautiful, and as suited for display as they are for use.
Bamboo Mat Wakizashi
Our Bamboo Mat Wakizashi features a chu-kissaki blade of Hanweis own high-alloy HWS-2S steel, which combines impressive performance with a striking O-choji hamon.
Price: $980.00
Black Wood Wakizashi
When you want an oriental sword with a utilitarian design that you can use to practice your skills, then the Black Wood Wakizashi makes a good option. This functional Japanese sword has a practical design without unnecessary frills.
Price: $80.00
Brass Menuki Samurai Wakizashi
Offering a modern spin on the traditional Japanese blade, the Brass Menuki Samurai Wakizashi makes an excellent collectible weapon to add to your collection. This functional oriental sword possesses a striking appearance.
Price: $120.00
Cobra Steel Wakizashi
The quality of a Japanese blade is rarely called into question, as they are considered to be some of the finest blades in the world. The Cobra Steel Wakizashi takes that quality and cutting ability and turns it into a survival knife.
Price: $65.00
Copper Dragon Wakizashi with Dragon Scabbard
Shown as serpentine water deities, Japanese dragons appear in many legends and pieces of artwork. The Copper Dragon Wakizashi with Dragon Scabbard draws upon the mythological creature for the inspiration of its elegant ornamentation.
Price: $500.00
Dragonfly Wakazashi
Elegance and skill are the hallmarks of traditional Japanese blades. The Dragonfly Wakazashi honors the legacy of samurai with skillful craftsmanship and beauty made larger than its feudal counterpart to better suit the modern warrior.
Price: $675.00
On Sale For: $540.00
Gold Lion Wakizashi
Mirroring the craftsmanship and materials of the Gold Lion Katana, our Gold Lion Wakizashi is an equally beautiful oriental blade. The functional wakizashi serves as an exquisite companion sword or stand-alone weapon in its own right.
Price: $683.00
On Sale For: $546.40
Golden Dragonfly Wakizashi
The excellent craftsmanship and hand forged quality of the Golden Dragonfly Wakizashi make this a sword for the collector searching for a work of art. This wakizashi is impressive, to say the least, and will look stunning in your home.
Price: $1,150.00
Golden Oriole Wakizashi
The elegantly simple lines of the Golden Oriole Daisho (SH1018, SH1019) have long been favored by admirers of the Japanese sword. Add the Golden Oriole Wakizashi to your collection as a beautiful example of this style.
Price: $770.00
Golden Warrior Samurai Wakizashi
Wakizashi swords were adopted by samurai in feudal era Japan to complement their larger katanas. The Golden Warrior Samurai Wakizashi is a splendid and functional example of this historic style of Japanese weaponry.
Price: $141.75
Honshu Black Damascus Wakizashi
Damascus steel swords are revered as some of the strongest, sharpest blades to have ever existed. This Honshu Black Damascus Wakizashi combines this style of steel with a classic Japanese blade to create a powerful slicing machine.
Price: $362.00
Honshu Boshin Wakizashi
The Honshu Boshin Wakizashi is a functional weapon of effortless elegance and style. With a matching satin finish on the 1060 high carbon steel blade, guard, and pommel, this battle-ready sword makes a sleek addition to any arsenal.
Price: $163.00
Honshu Full Tang Tactical Wakizashi
Combining traditional and modern ideals, the Honshu Tactical Wakizashi is dependable like its elegant predecessors. Do not be distracted by the beauty of this sword - it is a devastating weapon when properly manipulated.
Price: $242.00
Hunter Wakizashi
There are few birds as terrifying as a raptor, its sharp talons prepared to take down prey in a swift movement. The Hunter Wakizashi is a sword for the feudal samurai whose innate hunting skills mirror those of a savage raptor.
Price: $1,500.00
Imperial Wakazashi
In homage to the Japanese swords of old, the Imperial Wakazashi has been made using high quality, traditional materials for its fittings. The curved blade is made of hand polished carbon steel, making this ornate piece a functional weapon.
Price: $680.00
On Sale For: $544.00
Kaeru Wakizashi
There are those who consider the Japanese sword to be one of the most perfect blades in history. While there is no proving that in terms of function, it is hard to disagree that this Kaeru Wakizashi is truly beautiful sword.
Price: $1,050.00
Koi Wakizashi
It has been said that the koi fish possesses bravery and tenacity that is not unlike the samurai. For that reason, we offer up this Koi Wakizashi as a blade that pays homage to both the fish and the warrior from the land of Japan.
Price: $895.00
Kondoru Wakizashi
When warriors of feudal Japan wore a wakizashi together with a katana, it was the official sign that the wearer was a Samurai. This Kondoru Wakizashi makes a simple and elegant addition to any collection of historic Japanese weapons.
Price: $280.00
Limited Edition Bamboo Wakizashi
The tsuba of the Limited Edition Bamboo Wakizashi is hand-cut and engraved from pure iron. The nanako, or stippled pattern, on the tsuba is accomplished by hand, quite a feat of patience with a stunning result.
Price: $2,379.00
Limited Edition Lotus Wakizashi
The Limited Edition Lotus Wakizashi fittings are hand-cut and shaped from pure iron, a tough material that takes a deep black patina. The Lotus design of the tsuba is in an older, simpler style that reflects the nature of the sword.
Price: $1,869.00
Limited Edition Ocean Wakizashi
This Limited Edition Ocean Wakizashi features an ocean theme with a nami, or wave, tsuba and turbulent water fuchi and kashira as decoration. The blade is hand forged and differentially hardened 1075 high carbon steel.
Price: $2,299.00
Lion Dog Wakizashi
The Lion Dog Wakizashi features an O-Kissaki blade of Hanweis own high-alloy HWS-1S steel, which combines superior performance with an outstanding O-choji hamon.
Price: $1,160.00
Lotus Seed Wakizashi
The Lotus Seed Wakizashi is inspired by the lotus plant, whose cyclical life cycle, from humble seed to stately flower, represents the circular journey of enlightenment. Rooted in mud, the lotus presents a beautiful pure blossom.
Price: $749.00
Mizutori Crane Wakizashi
A symbol of luck, longevity, loyalty, and strength, the crane remains a much-beloved creature in Japan. Decorated with a gorgeous crane motif, the Mizutori Crane Wakizashi serves as an impressive, high-performance blade.
Price: $640.00
On Sale For: $512.00
Musashi Wakizashi
Miyamoto Musashi was a 15th century samurai, an expert of Japanese swordsmanship, painter, and the author of The Book of Five Rings. This Musashi Wakizashi has many nice features, including a black iron tsuba of his design.
Price: $144.00
Oriental Dragon Wakizashi
Dragons appear throughout Japanese folklore and mythology as serpentine deities often associated with water. The Bronze Oriental Dragon Wakizashi displays this mystical creature in the ornamentation of the bronze sword guard.
Price: $300.00
Pine Crane Wakizashi
A Japanese idiom depicts the crane, symbolizing respect and power, as having the final word of authority in a debate. The pine tree is another symbol of power, longevity, and wisdom. Both are represented on the Pine Crane Wakizashi.
Price: $819.00
Practical Plus Wakizashi
Made as a companion piece for our Practical Plus Katana and Tanto, the Wakizashi features a high carbon forged steel blade with a prominent hamon, genuine same, and a handle wrap specially developed for its gripping qualities.
Price: $340.00
Practical Wakizashi
The ever-popular Practical Katana, Wakizashi and Tanto give the martial artist the opportunity to own and use a Hanwei sword at the cost of an economy sword. The blades are forged and differentially hardened.
Price: $280.00
Raptor Wakizashi
The Raptor Wakizashi is designed to match all of the katanas in our Raptor Katana line, and it makes a great cutting tool and display weapon on its own, too! Wakizashis were typically worn with a katana as a sign of an official samurai.
Price: $350.00
Samurai Wakizashi
The Samurai Wakizashi was individually made by hand with a natural wood grip and a sheath covered with hand bound and braided leather. The workmanship put into each sword attests to each being an authentically functional work of art.
Price: $208.25
Shikoto Longquan Master Wakizashi
Wielding a Shikoto Longquan Master Wakizashi is like shaking hands with history. Crafted using Bronze Age swordsmith methods, each T10 high carbon steel blade has been hammer forged and clay tempered to produce a visible hamon line.
Price: $475.00
Soul of Samurai Wakizashi
The Soul of Samurai Wakizashi will awaken the Samurai in you with this beautifully handcrafted functional sword. Polished grips of exotic ebony accented by brass create the perfect handle for the hand forged high carbon steel blade.
Price: $179.75
Steven Seagal Signature Wakizashi
A lovely reproduction of an antique blade from the collection of Steven Seagal, this oriental sword possesses an extremely distinctive style. The Steven Seagal Signature Wakizashi comes with a black lacquered wood scabbard.
Price: $750.00
On Sale For: $600.00
Warrior Wakazashi
Wearing a wakizashi and katana together was once the official mark of a samurai. Now you can enjoy the elegance of the traditional Japanese weapon alongside high performance innovation when you wield the Warrior Wakizashi.
Price: $500.00
On Sale For: $400.00
Wind and Thunder Wakizashi
The Wind and Thunder Wakizashi works great for tameshigiri, the Japanese art of target test cutting that began in the Edo period. It has a thick, heavy blade and includes a gorgeous wind and thunder design.
Price: $700.00

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