The Shirasaya is a sword with a very long history in Japanese sword making. The Shirasaya first came into use when the sword smiths needed a place to store their sword blades. The Smiths used a wooden sheath to store the sword blades until they could be fitted. Later the shirasaya was used by the Samurai to conceal their swords when sword carrying was banned in Japan. With the arrival of the 21st century, the Shirasaya has started to make a come back as a stylized sword.
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