The Wakizashi is a small blade which requires one hand to wield with a length of 12 to 24 inches. It deals 1d8 points of piercing damage, has a weight of 3 lbs. and has a speed factor of 3. Like the short sword, this weapon can be wielded by fighters, paladins, rangers, barbarians, thieves and bards. It requires 5 Strength to wield this weapon. This item appears in Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and can be found in many weapon stores.
The wakizashi, or companion sword is extremely important to samurai. It is worn at all times, even indoors, and is near the samurai when he sleeps at night. As finely made as the katana, the wakizashi, a shorter sword with a length between 12 and 24 inches, is a dangerous weapon in the hands of a skilled user.