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Weapons of Japan

on Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:24 pm
Standard blades

Katana
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The standard Japanese longsword, weapon of choice for most samurai.

Nodachi
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Similar to the katana, the nodachi is a very large sword. The samurai Sasaki Kojiro is known for having unnatural speed and precision with this large weapon.

Kodachi
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A short sword, the kodachi is useful defensively, often used with a katana. It is often constructed to compliment the size of the wielder, so they vary in size.

Wakizashi
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A short sword similar to the kodachi, the wakizashi tends to be shorter and has less curvature.

Tanto
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A dagger, it can be concealed or used as a second weapon.

Ninja weapons

Ninjato
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Sword used by ninja, it is a bit smaller than the katana, as well as straighter. It has a sheath slightly longer than the blade for faster draws.

Kusarigama
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An adaptation of a simple farming tool, the kusarigama has a blade for short range as well as a long chain flail for long.

Shurikens
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Projectiles used by ninja, they include throwing stars and kunai. Throwing stars can be laced with poison, and kunai can also be used in melee.

Others

Yumi
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The yumi is a large bow used by samurai, one side longer than the other. Wielders are capable of deadly accuracy.

Zanbato
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Even larger than the nodachi, the zanbato is a massive sword made to slice through a rider and his horse in one blow. It takes one of great strength to wield it, and even more so to be skilled with it.

Kanabo
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A large studded club. This deadly weapon is carried by demons of Japanese myths.
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