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A Meito is a blade of exceptional quality and worldwide fame.


There are many blades (swords, spears, etc.) in this world... but there are certain ones that were made by world-renowned blacksmiths. The 12 Supreme Grade Swords, the 21 Great Grade Swords, and the 50 Skillful Grade Swords.
— Tenguyama Hitetsu on the classes of Meitos.

Meitos are famous bladed weapons of high quality and superior craftsmanship. They are prized by many for their immense cutting power and exceptional durability that makes them far superior to ordinary weapons.

Meitos are considered priceless items, being worth millions, or even tens of millions of bellies. Some of them are family heirlooms, or even a country's most prized national treasure.

There are currently four known grades of Meito. Supreme Grade, of which there are 12; Great Grade, of which there are 21; Skillful Grade of which there are 50; and Grade, of which there is a currently unknown number.

Shusui, a sword that became a permanent Black Blade.

There is a circumstance where, after countless battles, a sword's blade will permanently turn black, thus it will become what is known as a "Black Blade" (黒刀 Kokutō?). Black Blades are stronger than ordinary swords and are well known for their impressive resilience; a dinosaur could step on one and it wouldn’t bend at all. It is said that should a swordsman be able to turn their blade into a Black Blade, its grade would increase by a rank.[1]


See also the associated category: Meito.
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Supreme Grade
Yoru Murakumogiri Ace Shodai Kitetsu
Great Grade
Wado Ichimonji Shusui Nidai Kitetsu Enma Ame no Habakiri
Skillful Grade
Kashu Yubashiri  Yamaoroshi
Grade Swords
Shigure Sandai Kitetsu
Unknown Grade
Raiu Oto Kogarashi Durandal Shirauo
Pretzel ????? Kompira 

12 Supreme Grade Swords

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A Supreme Grade Sword undamaged by magma.
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The fierce cutting power of a Supreme Grade Sword.
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A fierce clash of blades and Haki between two Supreme Grade Swords.

The twelve Supreme Grade Swords (最上大業物 Saijō Ō Wazamono?)[2] are the twelve highest-quality blades in the world. The blades have displayed incredible feats through their usage, such as being exposed to the harshest elements without losing their edge and slashing through enormous structures.

21 Great Grade Swords

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Strength great enough to compete with even Supreme Grade Swords.
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Sharp enough to leave permanent scars on nigh-invulnerable foes.
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The cutting power of a Great Grade Sword.

The twenty-one Great Grade Swords (大業物 Ō Wazamono?)[2] are among the highest-quality blades in the world, second only to the twelve Supreme Grade swords. These blades are well known for their incredible power and outstanding balance in strength, sharpness, and durability. In the hands of capable swordsmen, they can even stand up to the Supreme Grade Swords in combat.

50 Skillful Grade Swords

A Skillful Grade Sword's light weight makes it excellent for fast combat and dispatching multiple enemies.

The fifty Skillful Grade Swords (良業物 Ryō Wazamono?)[2] are blades of a very high quality, outclassed only by the twelve Supreme Grade swords and the twenty-one Great Grade swords. These swords yield exceptional strength, sharpness, durability, with their light weight being a key factor for speed-based swordsmanship.

Grade Swords

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The cutting power of a Grade Sword, capable of wounding a great white shark fish-man.
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A Grade Sword's resilience and grace.

The Grade Swords (業物 Wazamono?)[2] are blades of a high quality, outclassed only by the twelve Supreme Grade Swords, twenty-one Great Grade Swords, and fifty Skillful Grade Swords. The total number of Grade Swords is unknown. They are the lowest classification for a Meito blade. However, despite their lower quality, they still yield far superior attributes and strength than regular blades, such as exceptional resilience and cutting power against sturdy foes.

Unknown Grade

Translation and Dub Issues

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").

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


  • The Meito rankings of the One Piece world heavily resembles the real world Wazamono classified swords.
  • Meito can mean "named sword", although not all swords with names in the series are Meito.
  • With five, Zoro has held the most meito to date.
  • 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 activity.
  • The anime-only character Eric claimed that the wind scythes created from his Kama Kama no Mi powers are as sharp as a meito.[7]


  1. One Piece Manga — Vol. 95 Chapter 955 (p. 17).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 97 and Episode 49, Tashigi reveals the various classes of swords to Zoro.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 0 Chapter 0 and Episode 0, Shiki asks Hannyabal where are his two meito: Oto and Kogarashi.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 708 and Episode 637, Cavendish's sword is named and seen in use against Chinjao.
  5. Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #1011).
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 91 Chapter 912 (p. 10) and Episode 897, Hitetsu reveals that his sword is a Meito.
  7. One Piece Anime — Episode 56, Eric claims his wind scythes are as sharp as a Meito.

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