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Learn More About Samurai’s Deadly Weapons

Top 10 INCREDIBLE Samurai WEAPONS 10. Ninja Throwing Stars The problem with ninja throwing stars is that
they have very little to do with the ninja. Known as shuriken, they come in two major
forms: star shaped, and straight. Their main purpose is to be thrown at an enemy
to give a person time to draw their sword and make a kill. They are a form of distraction weapon – if
you consider having a heavy nail puncture your body distracting. They were used by the samurai, with each samurai
school giving them various names depending on their shape. Their connection with the ninja did not start
until the 20th century, so calling them ninja death stars is quite wrong. 9. Punching Spikes The samurai had various punching spikes and
spiked rings. The example shown here demonstrates that the
spike can move from a hidden position against the wrist and be flicked outward and used
as a vicious puncturing weapon against an enemy’s body, inflicting deadly wounds. In addition to this, there are spiked rings
used for strikes and grabs when trying to capture an opponent. This also extends to forms of so called “knuckle
dusters,” which are bands of iron gripped in the hands and are used for striking the
body or defending against other weapons. 8. Chains and Weights The samurai had various chains and weights
of many different lengths and styles – some being short and others considerably longer. These mainly can be divided into two basic
sections: a chain with smaller weights on both ends, and a chain with a formidable weight
on one end. The first is mainly used to ensnare people
and to restrain them. The second deals much heavier damage and carries
weights that can easily kill a person if a target is hit with one. A fantasy version of this weapon can be seen
being used in movie Kill Bill, where the Bride fights a Japanese Schoolgirl bodyguard. This weapon is used for striking, restraining,
and choking the opponent. 7. Truncheons There were various bludgeoning and blunt force
weapons used in old Japan, from basic truncheons and longer iron rods, to wooden poles and
iron fans. Often a samurai may have to leave their sword
with an attendant or in a special area at a party. A host may even ask for the samurai’s short
swords to be removed. In this situation the samurai may conceal
a dagger for defense, or have on them a heavy metal fan that could be used to bludgeon people. Also, some samurai or lower ranking military
men were what we would consider as “police” and they used truncheons and staffs to capture
criminals or targets. 6. The Iron Beaked Staff As houses and major buildings in Japan were
made of wood, fire constantly devastated cities and towns. To counter this, teams of firemen were established
and a part of their job was to tear down the buildings around the fire so that it did not
spread. This job was done by all classes, from samurai
to commoners, and one of their major tools was a staff with a heavy iron head in the
shape of a beak. They would smash through walls and screens,
pulling down sections of buildings to create a break so that the fire did not spread. However, some of these gangs formed bad reputations
and this tool sometimes became a devastating weapon. Examples of this tool range from high end
samurai versions with family crests, down to cruder versions. 5. Sickles and Chains A sickle is a curved blade used to cut plants
and grass, and was common across the medieval world. Warriors of Japan turned this into a heavy
duty weapon and attached a chain to the shaft of the sickle; sometimes at the bottom, sometimes
at the top near to the blade. The chain and weight section is spun around
and keeps an enemy at bay, or can be used to ensnare an opponent, at which time the
blade is used to cut into the enemy. Ninja also use these blades, but not for fighting. They used them to cut through fences and barriers,
and in some clans used fold-away versions that could be kept in the sleeves of their
kimono. 4. The Quick Rope If the intended target of a samurai or arresting
officer was to be kept alive, then the quick rope was an option that could be used. This consists of a sharp iron hook on the
end of a long and thin cord that can be deployed very quickly. The hook can be hooked into the ear, the cheek
or the hand and the opponent can be pulled about and restricted with the cord. After the opponent has been restrained, a
sturdier rope is used to bind the target. There existed a complex system of traditions
about how to bind a prisoner, depending on their social status. It is a common mistake to think that the samurai
bind with the rope first. In fact at the start of the arrest, the quick
rope is used, and only after, when the target is secure are they bound in the correct way. 3. The Polearms of Capture If it is too dangerous to get up and close
to a target, the arresting officers may use the polearms of capture. This is a set of three long poles with different
attachments: the T-shaped head – a spiked cross bar that
can be pushed past the target, hooking them and bringing them in or if needed, keeping
them at bay. the barbed rake – a claw like attachment
that ensnares the targets’ clothes, helping to restrain them or pull them down. The U-shaped head – a wide attachment that
can be used to push targets up against walls and hold them there
These effective tools were used to restrain wild samurai, thieves, or criminals. But if they were not available, then ladders,
doors, or bamboo could be used to hold people in place. 2. Utility Spikes and Knives Have you ever seen that, on some samurai swords,
there is thin spike on one side of the scabbard and a small knife on the other, which gently
slide into position through the hilt? There are different theories for the use of
these, but a samurai school called Natori-Ryu tells us that the spike is for piercing one
ear of a decapitated head so that an identification tag can be attached and the name of the victim
written upon it. The spike is also used to push the tongue
back into a dead head, as a protruding tongue from a head is considered unseemly. The knife is a basic utility knife, but because
some are personalized, they were used as evidence. If a samurai infiltrated deep into enemy territory,
he could leave it hidden to prove he was there when the allies have taken enemy lands, or
if a samurai needs to send an important message he can send his personal scabbard knife as
proof of validity. This duo was the Swiss Army Knife of samurai
times and, while they are not directly weapons themselves, they accompany the weapons in
our number 1 slot. 1. A Pair of Long and Short Swords Many people know that the wearing of two swords
(a shorter sword called a wakizashi, and a longer sword called a katana) is the symbol
of the samurai, and only warriors were allowed to carry these swords. However, before the end of the 16th century,
swords could be owned by almost anyone and movement between the classes was much more
common. Being victorious in battle could mean promotion
to samurai. However, with the unification of Japan in
the 16th century came the oppression of the peasants and the solidification of the class
system. The samurai government launched “sword hunts”
which deprived the common folk of their weapons. This was done to help prevent any future uprisings
and it is only in the Edo Period – the last age of the samurai – that the sword truly
become symbol of the samurai. Before that it was primarily the spear and the bow.

7 thoughts on “Learn More About Samurai’s Deadly Weapons

    Hello everyone. My name is Antony Cummins and I am the author of this video. I have seen many of your questions and would like to answer some basic ones here – please be aware that many changes have happened in ninja and samurai history in the last 8 years and many things have now been proven to be different.
    1. The ninja are actually samurai. Ninja in the warring period were agents in a samurai army trained in clandestine operations. It is only later that they dropped to something like half-samurai (but still samurai). It is wrong to say ninja V samurai. That comes from movies.
    2. Ninja weapons. There are very few weapons that are only ninja, in fact most things are just Japanese weapons and have no real identification as “samurai” or “ninja” It is only later that rules are put in place about carrying weapons.
    3. You will notice that some weapons are missing. If this video does well we will do the second video, remember weapons can form different categories. This is civilian weapons, the next one will concentrate on warfare and battles.
    4. There are few mistakes in this video with the connection between the dialogue and the images. The video was written for specific images and those images have not been used, and while the images in the video are good, it has caused a few mistakes to creep in.
    I would like to say a great big thank you to Top Tenz for their open attitude to these videos. Let us hope that they continue to produce videos on the samurai and that you enjoy them. Enjoy the video.

  2. IMHO you guys should re-do the (shinobi no mono) ninja video w/ Anthony's input. There were some misconceptions in the last ninja video you did.

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