Tsuma No Gimu (Wife's Duty) Kaiken Tantō Blade
Tsuma No Gimu (Wife's Duty) Kaiken Tantō Blade
Tsuma No Gimu (Wife's Duty) Kaiken Tantō Blade

Tsuma No Gimu (Wife's Duty) Kaiken Tantō Blade

Regular price $200.00 Sale

Kaiken inspired weapon, which were wielded by the Samurai class of both men and women. It's usage exemplified best of self-defense in indoor spaces where the long blade katana and wakizashi became inconvenient.

Women of the samurai class carried Kaiken in their kimono. Either in a pocket like area called the futokoro, or in a sleeve pouch called the tamoto. When a samurai woman married, she was expected to carry a kaiken with her when she moved in with her husband. 

A kaiken was the weapon of female ritual suicide while the wakizashi was for male samurai seppuku. Wives of samurais would achieve this "honor death" by cutting the arteries of the neck with one stroke. Committing the act after their husbands had died via seppuku, or to quickly evade capture. The woman would tie her knees together prior to the cut to ensure her body was found in a dignified pose. Binding her knees first to minimize the death rattle convulsions. Attacking armies would invade homes to find the lady of the house facing away from the door, seated in solitude of self execution done long prior to their arrival. 


Wrapped in pink satin ribbon and white flat cord handle. 13 pink satin rosettes adorn the handle and ~250 rosettes on sheath, each placed individually by hand. Steel blade.
12" blade, 7" handle, 19" total length with sheath.