Roronoa Zoro and his three swords: all the curiosities about the weapons of the swordsman of Luffy's crew

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One Piece has now entered the narrative arc of the country of wano, a land completely inspired by the distant past of the land of the rising sun. Care that Eiichiro oda he put into this saga is undoubtedly high, given that it still harks back to the history of his country of origin.

The Wano saga began about a year ago on the pages of the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump and we know that it will consist of five acts, just like in the performances of the Kabuki theater; we are currently at the second. In the meantime, from 7 July, the episodes dedicated to the land of the samurai will begin to be transposed into the animated version.

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Wano probably represents one of the most important narrative arcs among those presented so far by the manga. Luffy and his entire crew find themselves having to face not only the corrupt government of the country led by Shogun Orochi, but also the entire crew of the Pirates of the Hundred Beasts, led by Kaido, considered the strongest of the Four Emperors due to his fearsome power. The parties involved are many, but we are sure about one thing: the central role of this saga will be played by the samurai. So what better stage to highlight the character of Zoro, long absent from the spotlight?

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One Piece samurai of the country of Wano

If the previous saga, Whole Cake Island, saw Sanji the center of attention, as he finally delved further into his past, the same could happen now with Zoro. In addition to his typically samurai style, we have had some clues in the chapters already out and in a statement by Oda, in the usual corner of questions and answers present in each new volume.

Spoilers alert! Click to reveal In fact, in one of the previous chapters, the young and legitimate heir to the throne Momonosuke he is training with his sword, emitting a strange battle cry with each swing. The kunoichi Kiku, hearing that cry, takes it back by telling the young gentleman not to use that verse anymore and asking for clarification on where she heard it. Momonosuke responds by saying that Zoro taught him this, and in his responses to readers, Oda later revealed that a ship from Wano once arrived ineast blue, right on the island where Zoro grew up and learned the art of the sword. We actually know nothing about Zoro's early life, except that he trained with his childhood friend Kuina to become the best swordsman in the world, a basis that could be as thorough as it later happened for Luffy and Sanji. What better opportunity, therefore, to reveal any links with the samurai country if not in this narrative arc dedicated to Wano?

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Zoro style with two swords

Another important link that Zoro has with this country is the one denounced by his three swords, all of oriental origin. Zoro has had several swords in his history of him, but the ones he currently uses all have ties to Wano, and who knows that in this saga Zoro does not find any new katanas even more powerful than what he has in use. So let's analyze the skills and history of each of them.

The three swords of Zoro

A small premise. In the world of One Piece, swords are classified according to theirs quality; the highest level swords are real masterpieces of craftsmanship capable of withstanding a thousand battles without being scratched, moreover only the best swordsmen can make the most of the potential of a high-ranking sword.

The highest rank is called Saijo O Wazamono (supreme rank swords) and there are only 12 in the world, including the sword yoru di mihawk. Immediately after we find the Or Wazamono (higher rank swords): There are 21 in total. Finally the Ryo Wazamono (swords of excellent quality) for a total of 50 in total.  

These are the three main grades that denote a high quality of the sword, while immediately following there are the Wazamono, swords recognizable by good workmanship, but not comparable to those of the first three grades, and many swords of medium and low quality. With these degrees in mind, let's get to know the secrets of the three swords currently used by Zoro.

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Wado Ichimonji

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The only sword that Zoro has had with him since the beginning of the manga. This sword is part of the Or Wazamono and belonged to kuina, the childhood friend with whom the swordsman trained every day. After Kuina's death, Zoro asked her father, who was also her teacher, to have the girl's sword to fulfill their dream of becoming the strongest swordsmen in the world. From this request arises the three-sword style by Zoro.

The Wado Ichimonji in appearance is one classic katana, yet elegant, with a white grip and scabbard and a rather simple guard. The blade has a fairly slight curvature compared to normal katanas.

When Zoro uses his three-sword style, he uses this blade by holding it with his teeth. Wado Ichimonji being the strongest sword of him, when the swordsman of Luffy's crew fights with a single weapon, he uses this one (as well as to pay homage to his missing friend); in fact it was thanks to the technique called Il Song of the Lion, performed with this weapon, which Zoro was able to cut through the steel-made body of Mr. 1 during the Alabasta saga.

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Zoro defeats Mr. 1 with the Lion Song move using the Wado Ichimonji

After the time-skip though, it seems that Zoro mainly prefers to use the Shusui when it comes to resorting to single sword techniques.

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In any case, Wado Ichimonji is certainly one of the highest quality swords in the hands of Zoro and who knows if he still hides some secret, perhaps linked to Wano and the origins of the swordsman.

sandai kitetsu

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One Piece Zoro Sandai Kitetsu

The Sandai Kitetsu is the second sword found by Zoro among those currently in his possession. Before him, in fact, he used simple nameless katanas destroyed during the fight against Mihawk.

This sword belongs to the series created by the gunsmith Kitetsu, composed only of cursed blades, which are said to lead each owner to a horrible death.

Zoro found the Sandai at the gunsmith Ipponmatsu in Rogue Town, the city encountered before entering the Rotta Maggiore. Hearing the story of the curse, the swordsman decided to test his luck throwing the katana in the air and placing his arm outstretched under it so as to see if falling would cut it off. As we know, the sword avoided his arm and then officially became Zoro's new sword, much to the amazement of Ipponmatsu who, worried about the curse, did not want to sell it to him.

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Zoro defies fate against the cursed sword Sandai Kitetsu

The appearance of this katana is very typical of Japanese swords, with a red handle and a gold-colored cross guard. The scabbard is also red, with a pattern identical to that of the handle. The blade is quite curved and extremely sharp.

Zoro is capable of feel the presence of the sword even without seeing it, as evidenced by a scene in Water 7, when Zoro could feel the Sandai Kitetsu nearby, at that moment in Chopper's hands. In fact, the swordsman believes that he can perceive a particular energy coming from the blade linked to the curse.

yubashiri

A sword given to Zoro by the arms dealer Ipponmatsu after seeing Zoro's courage and valor after testing his luck with the Sandai Kitetsu. The Yubashiri is a high quality sword belonging to the Ryo Wazamono. It was a family inheritance from the shop in Ipponmatsu's Rogue Town, considered the best sword in the armory.

This katana had a black hilt and scabbard with some gold decorations, the guard was in the shape of a cross and the blade was quite long. Zoro greatly appreciated the lightness of this sword, which made it very handy during fights.

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Ipponmatsu gives the Yubashiri to Zoro

The sword was unfortunately destroyed during the battle of Enies Lobby, when to defend himself from the Buster Call Zoro faced in the fray the captain of the Navy called Shu. He ate a Devil Fruit anathema to every swordsman, in fact he is able to do rust any metal touches to destruction, which happened with the Yubashiri.

The weapon was later replaced by Zoro with the Shusui.

Shusui

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The third sword currently in the possession of Zoro. This katana from black blade it is another of the 21 O Wazamono and in the past it belonged to the legendary samurai Ryuma, hero of the country of Wano, so much so that the sword is considered a sacred treasure on this island.

Zoro conquered it in battle during the saga of thriller bark. The swordsman had just lost the yubashiri (a sword of the rank Ryo Wazamono), a sword always given to him by Ipponmatsu together with the Sandai Kitetsu, through the fault of the Navy captain Shu, endowed with the power to rust metals. This managed to destroy the Yubashiri leaving Zoro with two swords.

Zoro then met Ryuma's zombie along with the Shusui, to which Brook's shadow had been attached, which made Ryuma an even more formidable opponent. After a hard fight the swordsman of the Straw Hat crew prevailed, making him also the Shusui.

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The Shusui and other Zoro swords used in conjunction with the Haki of the armor

Note that Ryuma's story, the samurai capable of slaying dragons, had appeared in a collection of oneshot stories with no apparent ties to One Piece. Upon arriving at the Thriller Bark saga, Oda confirmed that this was the same person as the self-contained story published years earlier.

The Shusui is a completely black colored sword with red motifs on both the sheath and the blade. The guard is floral in shape and golden in color. It is said that the sword was not originally black, but that it became black after countless battles with its former master. According to one theory, swords absorb the haki of the armor of those who hold them and after a long time they acquire the black color of this type of haki becoming more powerful.

Spoilers alert! Click to reveal Currently the sword has been stolen, from Wano, by a character named Gyukimaru who, recognizing it, took it from Zoro and brought it back to Ryuma's grave, calling the swordsman of the crew a thief.

The possible future swords

To become the strongest swordsman in the world, Zoro will certainly need to obtain at least one or two swords of higher quality and we think he will be able to obtain at least one of a rank equal to Saijo O Wazamono, like the one possessed by Dracule Mihawk.

Spoilers alert! Click to reveal Surely Wado Ichimonji will stay with him until the end of the adventure, given the sentimental value he has, and it will probably be the same for Shusui, given the background and the importance that this is acquiring in the Wano saga. Precisely in this narrative arc, however, we learn of the existence of another sword that could replace the Sandai Kitetsu in the future: it is the sister of the latter, the Nidai Kitetsu. This was found by Luffy at the very beginning of the saga, although it is not currently known where it is.When Zoro saw Luffy holding the Nidai Kitetsu he immediately became interested in the katana, wanting to analyze it more closely, but the arrival of some enemies interrupted the moment leaving the matter unresolved.
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Luffy holds the Nidai Kitetsu recently found, in this image we can see its purple color
The Nidai Kitetsu is the second most powerful sword among those forged by the cursed gunsmith, in fact Sandai and Nidai in Japanese simply mean third and second. The weapon belongs to the O Wazamono, like the other two swords owned by Zoro, but we know that there is also a Shodai Kitetsu (i.e. first Kitetsu) somewhere in the world belonging to the 12 swords of the highest invoice, namely the Saijo O Wazamono.

We are almost sure that by the end of the Wano Zoro saga he will be able to get a new, more powerful sword and who knows if in addition to a new weapon we will discover more about the swordsman's past.

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