A is a shortened katana
. A katana was two shaku
or longer in length (one shaku = about 11.93 inches, roughly rounded up to approximately one foot). However, a chisakatana is longer than the wakizashi
, which was somewhere in between one and two shaku in length. The common blade length for a chisakatana was approximately eighteen to twenty-four inches (or two feet). The most common definition of a chisakatana is a shortened katana that does not have a companion blade. They were most commonly made in the Buke-Zukuri mounting (which is generally what is seen on katana and wakizashi). The chisakatana was able to be used with one or two hands like a katana (with a small gap in between the hands). The hilt was usually around ten to eleven inches in length.
In the manga/anime Samurai Deeper Kyo
, Akira, a blind samurai
, formerly one of the Four Emperors and a friend to Demon Eyes Kyo
, uses twin chisakatana as his weapons of choice.