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The monoblade series is just a part of our technology. We cannot make a profit by this tech alone, however, because of the high overhead involved in manufacture. We are under the umbrella of our corporate group. Eh? Zaibatsus? Weren't they disbanded by an American general...MacDonald, or something?

– Nakahara Akira, Research Assistant at Kendachi Labs, Pacific Rim Sourcebook

Kenshiri-Adachi Armaments, more commonly known by its abbreviated name, Kendachi or Kendachi Arms, is a arms manufacturer specializing in advanced technology in melee weapons headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. While not a Megacorporation or zaibatsu, the corporation is part of a keiretsu system.

History

Kenshiri-Adachi Armaments, known by all as Kendachi, is a Japanese corporation that mainly specializes in high-quality melee weapons and purpose-built chipware. Kendachi's advanced tech can be found in nearly every city worldwide, including its excellent line-up of melee weapons, which consist of various katanas and tantos as well as signature monoblade (monomolecular blade) series. Kendachi is one of the few companies with orbital factories, being the world's top producer in the making of orbital crystal and glass-fiber, a process that continued until 2045.[1]

The company can trace its origin to the sixteenth-century Kenshiri family's blacksmith, based in Chuo-ku, the original center of historic Edo (Tokyo). Originally, however, Kendachi lacked the resources and money to acquire the advanced tech for which it is has become known. As a corporation, Kendachi entered the global spotlight in the first two decades of the twenty-first century, after their fusion with the Adachi company, when it conquered the market with a wide range of high-tech monoweapons and flamethrowers. Chuo-ku is still their main headquarters, but today the corporation also has many regional offices in Osaka, Seattle, London, Night City, New York City, and Brasilia.[2]

Big corporations in Japan often invest funds in small companies with original tech to place them in within the exclusive keiretsu system, where multiple companies are interlocked in an alliance that is informal in a legal sense. This is what allowed Kendachi to become what it is today. The Monoblade series, a synonym for Kendachi in some countries, was developed by CEO Kendachi Tessho to demonstrate the uses for his crystal technology in order to gain funding for what was once a low-profit company.[3]

As a side-note, monoblades were not sold as weapons in Japan. They were only used in industrial equipment. The president, Kendachi-san himself, was also known for his business acumen, but also for his skill at kendo and short temper. He sometimes dealt with troublemakers himself, with the aid of a crack solo troop. And yes, they were licensed to carry monokatanas in Japan.[4]

Database Entry (2077)

KENDACHI
Kendachi

The roots of the Kendachi corporation (or rather, Kenshiri-Adachi Armaments) harken back to the 16th century, when the Japanese Kenshiri family established themselves as a blacksmithing clan. The corporation took on its final form in the 21st century after merging with the Adachi company. These days, Kendachi is known for its reliable monoweapons made in factories in low Earth orbit. In fact, such products have become synonymous with the brand; utterly terrifying in a skilled solo's hands, these must-have blades are responsible for the Japanese corporation's success. Current CEO Tessho Yokoi is known for his keen business sense, deep knowledge of kendo and short fuse. Occassionally, he's been known to deal with his enemies himself – using his own corporation's indispensible monoweapons, of course. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better endorsement.[5]

Notable Employees

Main article: List of Kendachi employees

Kendachi Products 2020

Type Products
Katana Kendachi Mono-Two[6], Kendachi Monosword Cane[7], Kendachi Monoknife®[8], Kendachi MonoKatana®[8], Kendachi M-33 Powersword[6]
Flame Weapons F-253 heavy flamethrower[8], Dragon handheld flamethrower, Kendachi Dragon[6]
Equipment Kendachi Monowhip[9], Kendachi Monowire[9]

Kendachi Products 2027

RPG
Type Products
Katana Kendachi MonoKatana®[10], Kendachi Monoknife®[11]

Kendachi Products 2045

Type Products
Katana Kendachi Mono-Three

Kendachi Products 2077

Kendachi - New Spring Catalog is a readable shard in Cyberpunk 2077 that contains a catalogue of some of Kendachi weapons. The weapons, "Kendachi M-55 Powersword" and "Kendachi Mono-Two CLASSIC" are mentioned on the Shard and in the lore and additionally on the readable shard KENDACHI MICRO-76 INFO LOG it mentions some brief info about a weapon called the "Kendachi Micro-76". The weapons mentioned above are not currently available in game.

Type Products
Katana Kendachi M-55 Powersword (mentioned)
Kendachi Mono-Two CLASSIC (mentioned)
Cyberware Kendachi Monowire[1]
unknown Kendachi Micro-76 (mentioned)

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 PONDSMITH, M. Cyberpunk RED Corebook. 1st ed., Kenmore, WA, R. Talsorian Games, 2020. (pp.270, 348)
  2. BATYLDA, M. The World of Cyberpunk 2077. 1st ed. Milwaukie, OR, Dark Horse Books, 2020.
  3. TANAKA, N. Nippon Sourcebook. 1st ed., Japan, Yellow Submarine, 1994. (p.12)
  4. PASQUARETTE, C. Pacific Rim Sourcebook. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1994. (p.12)
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named CP2077
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 FISK, C. Chromebook Volume 1. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1991. (p.55)
  7. TAYLOR, S. Solo of Fortune 2. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1994. (p.29)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 {{RefCP|2020|63}]
  9. 9.0 9.1 PONDSMITH, M. Chromebook Volume 2. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1992. (p.44)
  10. PONDSMITH, M. CyberGeneration. 1st ed., Berkeley CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1993. (p.100)
  11. PONDSMITH, M. CyberGeneration. 1st ed., Berkeley CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1993. (p.101)
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