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A tanto is very similar to a katana. It is shorter, about 6"-12" (15-30 cm) and very thin. It was designed for stabbing, but could be used to slash.
When Musashi lost his katana in battle, he pulled out his tanto.
by Slavakion June 24, 2004
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A bokken is a katana made out of wood. It was used to train samurai in feudal Japan, and is now used in training for various other sword arts. Also known as a bokuto.
The swordsman handed the young lad his bokken, and training began.
by Slavakion June 24, 2004
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