Ninjutsu weapons history and use

  1. Shuriken (手裏剣) – Throwing Stars:
    • Shuriken were small, sharpened metal discs or stars used for throwing. They served both as a distraction and a ranged weapon, ideal for quick, silent attacks.
  2. Kunai (苦無):
    • Originally farming tools, kunai were adapted for self-defense. Ninja repurposed them for various tasks, including climbing, digging, and as a close-quarters weapon. They were versatile tools with a pointed blade on one end and a loop on the other.
  3. Ninjatō (忍者刀):
    • Often depicted with a straight blade, the ninjatō was a short sword used by ninja. Its design and use varied, but it was favored for its compact size and versatility in confined spaces.
  4. Kyoketsu-shoge (距跋渉毛):
    • A combination of a hooked knife and a length of chain, the kyoketsu-shoge was used for both offense and defense. It allowed ninja to entangle or disarm opponents from a distance.
  5. Tantō (短刀):
    • While not exclusive to ninjutsu, the tantō, a short-bladed knife, was often used by ninja for close-quarters combat and stealthy assassinations.
  6. Fukiya (吹き矢) – Blowgun:
    • Blowguns, often associated with poison darts, were used for long-range attacks. Ninja utilized them for silent and covert strikes, taking advantage of surprise.
  7. Nekote (猫手) – Clawed Gloves:
    • Nekote were gloves with metal claws, enhancing a ninja’s hand-to-hand combat capabilities. They could be used for both offense and defense.

These weapons, steeped in tradition and adapted for stealth, exemplify the resourcefulness and ingenuity of ninja in various situations. Keep in mind that the historical accuracy of some weapons is debated due to the secretive nature of ninjutsu.