Nodachi approximately translates to "field sword".

The nodachi is difficult to wield due to its size and weight. The length of the nodachi's hilt varies between twelve to thirteen inches (30 to 33 centimeters). Its cutting capability and range exceed that of a katana, again due to its weight and size, and thus requires great strength to be wielded properly. It's sometimes remarked that a nodachi is not a cutting sword, per se, but used basically to fold the opponent under the rapidly moving weight.

Historic Nodachi (OOC)

During times of peace, the sword was worn slung across the back as a symbol of status. This is distinctive because most Japanese swords such as the katana, wakizashi, and tachi were worn at the waist or belt; however, it was not "drawn" from the back.

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