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Types of Samurai Swords

1–2 Shaku for Shōtō (小刀
1–2 Shaku for Shōtō (小刀

1–2 shaku for Shōtō (小刀:しょうとう) (wakizashi or kodachi). 2 shaku or more for daitō (大刀) (long sword, such as katana or tachi). A blade shorter than one shaku is considered a tantō (knife).

Shaku or More for Daitō
Shaku or More for Daitō

2 shaku or more for daitō (大刀) (long sword, such as katana or tachi). A blade shorter than one shaku is considered a tantō (knife). A blade longer than one shaku but less than two is considered a shōtō (short sword).