Shihan Abbott’s Signature Series Wakizashi sword incorporates a traditional Japanese short sword design, which offers an excellent drawing and smooth sheathing feel plus ambidextrous cutting abilities. The shorter wakizashi blade is hand forged 1566 steel and sharpened using refined Japanese methods to create the perfect blade that is differentially hardened in the traditional manner, producing an edge hardness of HRC60 and spine hardness of HRC40. The blade is heat-treated, tempered, and then quenched to achieve its optimal levels of flexibility and hardness. The wakizashi blade is then hand polished with multiple grades of sharpening stones, which smoothes the surface of the blade and polishes the waved hamon temper line. The sword fittings are of the same design used in our classical and XL swords but are slightly reduced to accommodate and balance the wakizashi. The handle is tightly wrapped in the traditional Japanese style using a black cotton wrap to provide a positive grip that will withstand years of iaido and tameshigiri practice.