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Schweizer Dolch and the Japanese Tanto

Now what is the difference between a Schweizer Dolch and a Japanese Tanto?

The dagger, mainly used as a thrusting or stabbing weapon, was also used for many ceremonial and ritualistic events often decorated with iconic regalia and ornate designs. The Scottish dirk believed to be a derivation from the Germanic Dolch was especially worn during formal occasions.

In Japan, Samurai were expected to commit suicide (seppuku) if they performed a disloyal act, if their master was killed in battle or even if they were defeated in the face of an enemy. The weapon of choice was the Japanese dagger (tanto) and the sacrificial act entailed an elaborate cut to the stomach, which was believed to be the seat of the soul.

Tuesday, 08.11.2011
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