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The weapon of choice used by Rurouni Kenshin protagonist Himura Kenshin after becoming a rurouni.

Literally meaning "reverse-edged sword," the sakabatou is just that. Instead of the blade being on the curved edged, the blade is actually where the blunt edge would be, with the blunt edge being on the curve. Thus, when used just like any normal katana, the sakabatou can't cut or kill: the perfect weapon for Kenshin since his oath to never kill again.

Though replicas have been reproduced, the sakabatou is purely the brainchild of RK creator Nobuhiro Watsuki, and no sword matching the sakabatou's description has ever been recorded in history.
Kenshin's sakabatou may not be able to kill you, but he can still beat the shit out of you.
by gunslingergirlvy_c_e December 27, 2007
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A reverse-blade sword. The sharpened (edge) and unsharpened (back) sides of the blade are transposed, allowing the user to perform traditional sword-wielding techniques with non-lethal results.
Since the opponent was struck with a Sakabatou sword, he was not cut, but instead was stunned.
by soulDistortion October 29, 2003
Reversed blade sword
Himura Kenshin uses a sakabatou
by Himura May 28, 2003
AKA sakabato. A fictional type of reverse-edged Japanese sword that has been made popular by Himura Kenshin (Eng: Kenshin Himura) in Ruroni Kenshin Meiji Kenkaku Romantan manga/anime (US, manga: Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story; anime: Samurai X). Generally, curvy swords are sharp on the part where the blade curves outward while the part that the blade curves inward is blunt. A sakabatou is sharp on the blade that curves inward instead, thus making it a pacifist or not deadly sword.
As the ninja left an opening, the samurai struck the ninja's stomach with his sakabatou; only to left the ninja to wonder painfully why he is not dead yet.
by Urbanight April 03, 2008
A sword which has an upside down blade, in the sense that the blunt end of a conventional katana is sharpened as opposed to the front end (the blunt side where the sharp side should typically be).
by r6 July 21, 2003
A sakabatou is the sword of a pacifist samurai. As killing opponents with the point of the sword was considered dishonorable, a sakabatou if used normally would only inflict blunt force trauma which would not be fatal.

Generally, the use of a sakabatou meant that the samurai had dishonored himself and had taken a vow to regain his honor.
Kenshin drew his sakabatou.
by Petrodon April 14, 2004

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