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Meito is the status of a sword.


In Japan, this means the sword has a history and is of legendary status. The blade is normally a quality blade which stands out above all other swords in its endurance and sharpness.

A meito is sometimes associated with the warrior who wields it and becomes part of his identity. Regardless of who owns them, a meito is regarded with highest respect in Japan and to be given a meito is to carry a great honor alongside it. Often warriors who lose in battle would have their meito taken from them by the victor, thus losing their honor alongside it as to lose a meito is to disrespect the honor of wielding it.

To wield a meito honorably, usually it would be passed down to them from master to pupil or from another family member. There exists several other methods alongside this which are acceptable but uncommon. Another method of gaining a meito honorably was to be offered it, this was usually out as show of respect from one person to another. A warrior may also win it in battle against another warrior in a fair duel and thus be allowed to claim it as their own.

To steal a meito or gain it using another dishonorable action is to show the meito disrespect and warriors who do so were often frowned upon. To put the status of a meito in a western style of thinking, a meito would be considered in status on par with swords like Excalibur (which would be regarded as King Arthur's "meito" in the Japanese sense).

One PieceEdit

In One Piece, meito is often mistranslated as either part of the name of a sword (e.g. Zoro's Shusui is often recorded by fans as "Meito Shusui" instead of just "Shusui", ignoring the fact that meito is a status) or as a "renowned blade" (understandable given that if broken up, 名刀 gives 名 "renowned" and 刀 "sword").

Tashigi's dream is to free all the meito from the hands of criminals such as pirates. She believes the swords are crying because instead of being used for noble and honorable deeds, they are being used for criminal use. Her reason for tracking Zoro is to gain ownership of his meito, the Wado Ichimonji, which she believes is in the hands of a malicious person. As of yet, she has no victories over Zoro in her quest and, as far as readers know, while she has taken the swords Kashu and Yamaoroshi, she has taken none of the meito in her journey of justice, while Zoro still possesses Wado Ichimonji and has also acquired Shusui.

Meito is translated simply as Famous Sword in the Viz Manga and Legendary Sword in the FUNimation dub.

List of MeitoEdit

See also the associated category: Meito.

12 Saijo O Wazamono Grade SwordsEdit

There are twelve Supreme Grade Swords (最上大業物 Saijō Ō Wazamono?).[1] These seem to be the highest quality swords.

21 O Wazamono Grade SwordsEdit

There are twenty one Great Grade Swords (大業物 Ō Wazamono?).[1] Their quality is one step lower than the Saijo O Wazamono.

50 Ryo Wazamono Grade SwordsEdit

There are fifty Skillful Grade Swords (良業物 Ryō Wazamono?).[1] Their quality is higher than the Wazamono but lower than O Wazamono grade swords.

Wazamono Grade SwordsEdit

There are an undetermined number of Grade Swords (業物 Wazamono?).[1] They are sharp swords, and the lowest grade possible for a named blade.

Unknown GradeEdit


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Supreme Grade
Yoru Shodai Kitetsu
Great Grade
Nidai Kitetsu Wado Ichimonji Shusui
Skillful Grade
Kashu Yubashiri  Yamaoroshi
Wazamono Grade
Shigure Sandai Kitetsu
Unknown Grade
Oto Kogarashi Durandal


  • Though there are many named swords in the One Piece world, many of which fall into the katana grades, only a few of them have been mentioned so far as "meito" when introduced.
  • So far in the series, Zoro has held the most meito to date.
  • Yoru, Oto, Kogarashi and Durandal are the only Meito that doesn't resemble traditional Japanese katana so far, with Yoru and Durandal's appearance being based on European blades. Oto & Kogarashi on the other hand, seem to be double-edge Asian swords.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 97 and Episode 49, Tashigi reveals the various classes of swords to Zoro.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 0 Chapter 0 and Episode 0, Shiki asks Hannyabal where are his two meito: Oto and Kogarashi.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 708 and Episode 637, Cavendish's sword is named and seen in use against Chinjao.

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Swords and Bladed Weapons
Named Blades: Wado Ichimonji  •  Yamaoroshi  •  Shodai Kitetsu  •  Nidai Kitetsu  •  Sandai Kitetsu  •  Yubashiri  •  Shigure  •  Kashu  •  Yoru  •  Terry Sword  •  Eisen Whip  •  Shusui  •  Oto and Kogarashi  •  Soul Solid  •  Durandal  •  Kikoku  •  Same-kiri Bocho  •  Pretzel  •  Shichiseiken 
Other Blade Weapons: Axe  •  Cat Claws  •  Kogatana  •  Kiribachi  •  Bruiser Axe  •  Peacock Slashers  •  Heat Javelin  •  Burn Blade  •  Ten-Fold Axe  •  Funkfreed  •  Kessui  •  Kirisame
Related: Meito  •  Kitetsu  •  Swordsmen
Projectile Weapons
Firearms: Flintlock  •  Flintlock .44 Caliber 6 Shot Revolver  •  Lassoo  •  Yellow Gun  •  Gero Gero Gun  •  Senriku  •  Flash Gun
Artillery: Buggy Balls  •  Royal Drum Crown 7-Shot Bliking Cannon  •  Burn Bazooka/Flame Bazooka  •  Brachio Tank V  •  King Cannon   •  Eagle Launcher   •  Alpacacino 
Slingshots: Ginga Pachinko  •  Kabuto  •  Kuro Kabuto
Others: Milky Arrow  •  Battle Smasher
Other Weapons
Ancient Weapons: Pluton  •  Poseidon  •  Uranus
Non-Bladed Polearms: Nanashaku Jitte  •  Clima-Tact  •  Nonosama Bo  •  Perfect Clima-Tact  •  Sorcery Clima-Tact
Cyborgs: Cyborg Tactics/Armored Me  •  Pacifista (Shiro Kuma)  •  Kau Ra Kau   •  Zau Ra Zau 
Others: Poison  •  Dials  •  Gorilla Puncher 13  •  Shinokuni  •  Roba-san Kick 18   •  Senpu King   •  Dyna Stone 

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