The naginata is one of these swords/polearms that leaves everyone perplexed when they first see it. While it looks like a polearm, it isn't exactly one... And while it's a type of sword, it isn't exactly a sword... It's a mix of both.

In feudal Japan, the naginata was primarily a Samurai sword, as it was used by this near-royalty class of people. It was also employed by the ashigaru (foot soldiers) and the sōhei (warrior monks).

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