The wakizashi is a Japanese sword used by samurai warriors during feudal Japan. This sword is made with red Damascus steel. The Wakizashi has a blade between 12” and 24”, 30-60 centimeters. The wakizashi was worn with the katana and was the official sign that the wearer was a samurai. When worn together the pair of swords were called daishō, which translates as "big-little". The katana was the "big" or long sword and the wakizashi the "little" or companion sword. Wakizashi were not just a smaller version of the katana. They were forged differently and had different cross sections. Wakizashi have been in use as far back as the 15th or 16th centuries. The wakizashi was used as a backup sword. It was also used for close quarters fighting and to behead a defeated opponent. It was also used to commit seppuku, a ritual suicide. The wakizashi was one of several short swords available for use by samurai including the yoroi tōshi, and the chisa-katana. It was not until the Edo period in 1638, when the rulers of Japan tried to regulate the types of swords and the social groups which were allowed to wear them, that the lengths of katana and wakizashi were officially set.
The sword is made from Pattern welded Damascus steel. Pattern welded Damascus steel is a hard heat treated, folded carbon steel. There are 11 pieces of steel, folded five times, making 352 layers. The steel is the perfect combination of hardness and durability with a Rockwell hardness rating between 55 and 56 HRC. High carbon Damascus steel must contain layers of high carbon steel. The high carbon steel we use is 1095 steel which is the highest content carbon steel used in swords. The combination of the steel layers creates a sword that is strong enough to hold a powerful edge while having the strength and flexibility to withstand powerful collisions. This makes the perfect steel for swords. The handle is wood with brass bolsters. It comes with a leather sheath.
Overall Length: 31.5"
Sheath: Wood sheath
Blade Material: Red Damascus Steel
Rockwell Hardness: 55-56 HRC
Number of layers: 352
Sheath: Wood and Metal
Blade Material: Damascus steel
6 Pieces of Carbon Steel #43 and #40
5 Pieces of High Carbon Steel 1095
1st Fold- 11x2=22 Layers
2nd Fold- 22*2=44 Layers
3rd Fold- 44*2=88 Layers
4th Fold- 88*2=176 Layers
5th Fold- 176*2=352 Layer
Red Wakizashi Sword- Short Katana - High Carbon Red Damascus Steel Japanese Sword- 30"