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This is a lore summary, presenting intradiegetic or in-universe information about the subject. For game characteristics and similar data, consult the table on the right.
Game-specific articles
Fallout 2Wakizashi
Fallout 3Chinese officer's sword
Vampire's Edge
Clover's Cleaver Cut contentIcon cut.png
Fallout 3: OAJingwei's Shocksword
Fallout 3: MZSamurai's sword
Katana Cut contentIcon cut.png
FO: New VegasBumper sword
Blade of the West
Lily's Vertibird blade
Lonesome RoadBlade of the East
Gun Runners' ArsenalKatana
Fallout 4Chinese officer sword
General Chao's Revenge
Revolutionary sword
Shem Drowne's Sword
Fallout 4: NWSword of Wonders
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A sword is a melee weapon in Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Fallout 4. Primarily used for cutting and thrusting, a sword can be single or double edged, with either a straight or curved blade.


Bumper sword

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Fashioned from the rear bumper and exhaust pipe of a car, it's been mangled into a crude and heavy sword. It's held together with tight leather straps and rope, but is a more than a durable weapon that'll meet any challenge.

Chinese officer's sword

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These swords are made in the style of 7th century Jian double edged straight swords. Produced by the People's Liberation Army specifically for use by its officers and issued in the Sino-American War, many were captured and came to the American home front as souvenirs – some even found their way into fifth columnist hands. Since the Great War, these weapons have become an uncommonly used by wastelanders and raiders alike.



A katana is a type of Japanese sword with a blade length greater than 23.6-28.7 inches (60-73 centimeters) and characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade, circular or squared guard, and long grip that can accommodate two hands. Often called a "samurai sword" or "samurai's sword" because of its use by the feudal warriors, it became a symbol of the samurai caste.

Renowned for its sharpness and cutting ability, its origins go back at least as far as the Kamakura Period (1185–1333). Most often held with two hands, some techniques and combat styles were performed with a one-handed grip. The katana was generally carried in a saya, or scabbard, manufactured from lightweight wood, with a coat of lacquer on the exterior and a wooden knob on one side for attaching a braided cord.

Lily's Vertibird blade

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Fashioned from a Vertibird rotor strapped to a long tube of wood via leather straps. If asked how she obtained it, Lily Bowen states she found Daisy Whitman's downed Vertibird near Klamath and Leo told her how to make it.

Revolutionary sword

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An antique cutlass dating back to the latter half of the 18th century. Used during the American Revolutionary War, these artifacts have made their way into the hands of survivors in and around Boston, Massachusetts.

Samurai's sword

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Similar to the katana, it only differs in its name.


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The wakizashi is a practically a shorter katana but is meant as a side arm or back up sword to a katana, should one not be available. However, by 2241, the Yakuza gangs ignore this tradition and instead use it as a primary weapon.

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