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So, at the beginning of Bleach Rukia attempts to transfer her power to Ichigo but he ends up taking all of them. My question is, say that worked exactly how Rukia thought it would, would he have gotten his own Zanpakuto or just borrow hers?

I ask because, in later arcs we're introduced to Oetsu Nimaiya, the creator of the Zanpakuto. And according to him, no Shinigami has ever obtained a zanpakuto before being given a asauchi. This pretty much definitively states that a zanpakuto can't be created solely by a person's soul/spirit energy.

So that raises the question, if Rukia's plan had worked at the start, not to mention the other times it must have been done for her to know she could do it, where would the sword come from?

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I believe the sword Ichigo used for most of the series was a Quincy manifestation made by the Old Man? The actual Zangetsu is the dual blades Ichigo wields at the very end. I could be mistaken though.

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