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Bokuto is the name for any wooden taining sword. Bokken is the name for the regular length. Is there a name for a wooden wakizashi?

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I beleive that's the shoto.

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I believe you are correct Jim.....Shoto means "short sword"

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Yes....but it's not specifically a _wooden_ short sword. It's the "boku" in "bokuto" and "bokken" that means 'wood'.

However, I've never been entirely sure what the difference (if any) between a shoto and a wakizashi is....anyone care to enlighten (or point at a website that has accurate info).

(Failing that, I'll get a friend to lend me his book on arms and armour - it's a quite encyclopaedic resource for all periods and all areas)

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I think that whoever called it a "Bokken" way back in the early days must've had a sense of humor. I mean, have you ever noticed the sound it makes when you hit your Uke on the head with it ? As in "BOK" (lol)

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"BOKK"en. Love it!

How about "kodachi"? That term seems to get used a lot by the Bujinkan.

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How about "kodachi"? That term seems to get used a lot by the Bujinkan.


"ko" - short/little/small, used in the context of nearly any female Japanese name (Hiroko, Keiko, Reiko, etc)

"dachi" - like 'tachi'

kodachi - small tachi.

Paul

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Shoto is more of a older word for short sword. It was matching paired (daisho) to the daito. If the shoto is not matched it is known as koshigatana.

Kodachi translates as "small tachi." Authentic ones i have seen compare to the modern day wakizashi when i was in Japan seem to be a few inches longer and more of a curve.

Wakizashi was created after the warring periods had ended and is more of a modern day term.

Differences between the three short swords would be the length, thickness and the mune (curve on the back of the sword) during the periods of use. Also the tsuka length were longer on kodachi.

Carl Hopson

Posted on: 2005/5/19 4:25
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Ishin wrote:
Bokken is the name for the regular length.


Are you sure?

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