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The yoroi tōshi (鎧通し ?) is a Japanese dagger made for cutting through armour. Its standard size was 9 sun 5 bu (28.8 cm). Later makes were made shorter at 7 sun 5 bu (22.7 cm).

The yoroi toshi was worn inside the belt on the back or on the right side with the hilt toward the front and the edge upward. The later also gave it the name metazashi; "right side wear".


  • Stone, George Cameron (1999) [1934]. A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration, and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications. pp. p. 678. ISBN 0-486-40726-8.  

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