What Is Daisho?
Origins of Daisho
Daishō may have become popular around the end of the Muromachi period (1336 to 1573) as several early examples date from the late 16th century.An edict in 1629 defining the duties of a samurai required that daishō be worn when on official duty.Wearing daishō was limited to the samurai class in 1683, and became a symbol of their rank Samurai could wear decorative swords in daily life, but the Tokugawa shogunate regulated the appearance of swords for formal attire such as when samurai came to a castle. The daisho for formal attire was limited to the scabbard in solid black, the hilt winding thread and the hilt wrapped with white ray skin.
How to Wear the Daisho
For the Samurai, Daisho was their badge of rank. It was tactical imperative that they wore two swords. And it all depends on the Samurai’s preference.
So some Samurai wore their swords. They either wear a Tanto or Wakizashi. Surely, they wear a Katana. The Tanto or Wakizashi would go in the Obi or belt between the first and second layers. The first being the closest to the Kimono of the Obi. The Tsuba sits in front of the navel or just to the right of it.
Now it depends on the Samurai if the first sword is Tanto or Wakizashi. But the short and long swords must be a match. They may have a slightly different design, but they make them match. They designed the blades to go together. Now, this is the correct Daisho. But remember, not every Samurai wore a Daisho.
The Katana or longsword goes between the second or third folds of the Obi. This was done for several reasons. One of them is so that the handles won’t rub each other. The short sword is worn about 45 degrees, while the long sword is parallel to the body.
Another reason is the way to access each sword. The swords place in the Obi allows the Samurai to access both swords easier. The Katana can be drawn fast and easy. This stands the same for the second sword, too. It allows easy drawing while the Samurai holds the Katana.
Although the samurai wore two swords, they would traditionally only fight with one at a time. The early 17th century swordsman Miyamoto Musashi developed a style in which the two swords were wielded simultaneously.
How to Display the Daisho