-- Nodachi
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Time Period: 14th-15th century
Location: Japan
Common Construction: Steel
The nodachi is a two handed Japanese sword designed to defeat cavalry. Nodachi translates into "field sword" which is not the same as Odachi, or "great sword". It measures about 3 shaku or 90cm.

Two handed swords were relatively rare compared to other swords in Japan due to the difficulty in forging them and their limited use on the battlefield. The primary weapon of the Japanese horseman was the bow, and the role of cavalry in Japanese warfare was not the same as that of the charging European knight. When the yari gained popularity in beginning of the 15th century, the nodachi quickly fell out of favor.

CE 14th Century, CE 15th Century, History, Japan, Sword, Weapon

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