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Meito is a term for a blade which has been given a name. These blades are typically quite famous and powerful and are ranked by the grade of their quality.[1] While most Meito are swords, a great variety of blades fall under this term, as well as non-bladed melee weapons including polearms and clubs.[2]

Overview

While the term "Meito" only really indicates that a blade has a name, it generally appears that a blade being recognized by a name is indicative of its high quality and prestige, resulting in them being quite valuable, with the Grade Sword Sandai Kitetsu being valued at Beli.png1,000,000 and the Great Grade Sword Wado Ichimonji valued at Beli.png10,000,000[1] In contrast to unnamed mass-produced bladed weapons, Meito tend to be uniquely designed and individually created by skilled swordsmiths. Because of this, Meito are generally wielded by powerful combatants skilled in the ways of the blade, who bring fame to their blade along with themselves; it is said that a blade chooses its wielder. Blade wielding skill is an absolute necessity with the highest-graded Meito, which are known for being notoriously difficult to wield with some being labeled as "cursed".[3][4][2]

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. Some Meito are ungraded, but still renowned.

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 would not bend at all.[5] It has been indicated that Busoshoku Haki is necessary to turn a blade black, given that a Black Blade has the same coloration as weapons imbued with the Haki, but it is uncertain if there are other steps needed to achieve the effect permanently.[2] It is said that should a swordsman be able to turn their blade into a Black Blade, its grade would increase by a rank.[6]

Meito

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


12 Supreme Grade Blades

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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 Blades (最上大業物 Saijō Ō Wazamono?)[1] 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 Blades

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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 Blades (大業物 Ō Wazamono?)[1] 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 Blades

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

The fifty Skillful Grade Blades (良業物 Ryō Wazamono?)[1] 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 Blades

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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 Blades (業物 Wazamono?)[1] 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. 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

Names Unknown

These swords are confirmed to be Meito, but their names are currently unknown.[2]

Ungraded Blades

These blades are not recognized for any special quality, but this does not mean they are not powerful weapons; it has been stated that the kanabo Hassaikai, though ungraded, would be renowned as legendary for the many feats Kaidou has performed with it.[10]

Trivia

  • The Meito rankings of the One Piece world heavily resemble the real world Wazamono classification of swords, down to the number of blades in each category. Although the number of Grade Swords (Wazamono) in One Piece is unknown, the real world equivalent had 80, adding up to a total of 163 ranked blades.
  • 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.[13]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 97 and Episode 49, The concept of Meito is introduced.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Road To Laugh Tale Vol. 2.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 955 and Episode 956.
  4. One Piece Manga — Vol. 102 Chapter 1033.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 49 Chapter 473 (p. 9) and Episode 368.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 955 (p. 17) and Episode 956.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 708 and Episode 637, Cavendish's sword is named and seen in use against Chinjao.
  8. Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #1011).
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 91 Chapter 912 (p. 10) and Episode 897, Sukiyaki reveals that his sword is a Meito.
  10. 10.0 10.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 100 (p. 154).
  11. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 71 (p. 82).
  12. Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0917).
  13. One Piece Anime — Episode 56, Eric claims his wind scythes are as sharp as a Meito.

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