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Tekkan
also called "iron sword" is a Japanese weapon

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  1. used until the beginning of the 20th Century

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    created by user picturefactobot on April 1, 2009
  2. This weapon was a roughly sword-shaped iron truncheon, equipped with a haft

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  3. In 1876, the Meiji government of Japan passed the Haitorei Edict, often called the "Sword Abolishment Act"

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  4. This law prohibited all Japanese people, including the former members of the knightly samurai class, from bearing weapons in public

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  5. This prohibition led to a surge in popularity of a number of non-sword weapons, as well as disguised swords of various kinds

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