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The aikuchi is a form of mounting for Japanese blades in which the handle and the scabbard meet without a guard in between. Originally used on the koshigatana to facilitate close wearing with armor, it became a fashionable upper-class mounting style for tantō in the Edo period. Small aikuchi tanto known as kaiken became popular with the Yakuza, as they were easy to conceal; however, the most typical user of kaiken were women samurai from the Edo period onwards, who kept it as an emergency and/or suicide weapon.

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Google previewOriental Collection of W. T. Walters (1884)

65 Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore by William Thompson Walters

The Aikuchi is a short dirk without a guard, worn by doctors, artists, and those with the rank of Hoin and Hogen (about equal to officials of the fourth and fifth ranks). The Tanto and Mamori katana are stilettos about a foot or less long, worn in the ...

Google previewMiyamoto Musashi (2006)

His Life and Writings by Kenji Tokitsu, Sherab Chödzin

• Knife techniques (aikuchi roppo). The aikuchi is a hiltless knife of about thirty centimeters.There are six techniques. • Techniques for the jitte ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-century Land Warfare (2001)

An Illustrated World View by Byron Farwell

Aikuchi / Haikuchi. A Japanese dagger having a wooden hilt and horn fittings without a guard between the hilt and the single-edged, slightly curved blade. This was a favorite weapon for ritual suicide (seppuku or hara-kiri [q.v.]). Aile. The wing ...

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Scrabble value of A1I1K5U1C3H4I1

The value of this 7-letter word is 16 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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