A chisakatana (小さ刀, chisakatana?) 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. This is my sword of choice when it comes to drawing anime figures, and I am interested in buying a 24 inch shinai to train as a chisakatana. I have but one question, however. What, exactly, is a chisakatana? Why was it made? Who often used it, and what was the difference between the kodachi and the chisakatana? I'd also like to know if anyone else here uses one, and what the difference between using a katana, chisakatana and wakizashi is. Thanks in advance.