sakabatou means: The sword of the pacifist Samurai is called a Sakabatou. A sakabatou, when used properly, would inflict only blunt force trauma that would not result in death. The use of the sakabatou generally means that the samurai has taken a vow not to honor himself by using it. (in Community Dictionary, added by Cole Bush)

What else does sakabatou mean?

  • AKA sakabato. This is a fictional Japanese type of reverse-edged Japanese sword. It has been popularized by Himura Kenshin Eng. Kenshin Himura, Ruroni Kenshin Meiji Kenkaku Romantan Mangaanime US; manga: Rurouni Kenshin. Samurai X. Curvy swords tend to be sharper on the portion of the blade that curves outward, while blunt blades curve inward. The blade of a sakabatou, which curves inward rather than outward, is more sharp. This makes it either pacifist- or non-lethal. (in Community Dictionary, added by Heriberto Lorenzo)
  • Reverse-bladed sword. Transposed blades allow the user to use traditional sword-wielding techniques without causing injury. (in Community Dictionary, added by Hector Collins)
  • An upside-down blade means that the blunt edge of a traditional katana’s front is sharpened, rather than the blunt tip on the side which should be sharp. (in Community Dictionary, added by Charlie Goodwin)
  • Blade sword with reversed design. (in Community Dictionary, added by Beatriz Muñoz)
  • After becoming a rurouni, the weapon of choice for Rurouni Kenshin’s protagonist Himura Kenshin is the Rurouni Kenshin gun. The sakabatou literally means “reverse-edged sword”, The blade’s curved edge is not the one that the blade should be on, but the sharp edge of the blade lies on the curve. The sakabatou, which can be used as any other katana blade, is unable to cut or kill. This makes it the ideal weapon for Kenshin, who has taken a vow not to kill again. Although replicas of the sakabatou have been made, it is the original creation of Nobuhiro Watsuki (RK). No sword that matches the description of the sakabatou has been ever recorded in history. (in Community Dictionary, added by Ahmed Joyce)