Kaiken (dagger)

Kaiken (dagger)

A is a dagger formerly carried by men and women of the samurai class in Japan. It was useful for self-defense indoors where the long "katana" and intermediate "wakizashi" were inconvenient. Women carried them in the "obi" for self-defense and rarely for "jigai" (suicide). A woman received a "kaiken" as part of her wedding gifts. Many of these daggers had black-lacquered handles and matching scabbards. They could be carried in a pouch of brocade with a drawstring for easy access.In modern times, kaiken have become part of the traditional Japanese marriage, being one of the items carried by a bride for good luck.

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* [http://www2.ntj.jac.go.jp/dglib/ebook01/relay/107_05.html Japan Arts Council e-book "Mamori-gatana" pp. 179–180]


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