A variation of the standard Japanese katana
in which the edge is crafted on the inside of the blade curve, whereas the flat side is placed on the outside of the curve. This blade, known as a "reverse-blade sword," is used in the same manner as a katana
, but the user is not required to kill when wielding the sakabato. Strikes are made with the flat side of the blade, or with the hilt. Sakabato began as fictional weapons, originating in the manga Rurouni Kenshin
, in which the main character, Himura Kenshin
, wields a sakabato to uphold his vow never to kill, yet still protect his friends with his sword.
Now, Himura Kenshin is rurouni, a wanderer, and carries a reverse-edged sakabato blade, vowing to never kill another soul.