This sub-section contains descriptions of all weapons that deliver their damage by "slicing" their victim (this includes both one-handed and two-handed weapons).
The kama is a weapon originally developed in Okinawa. Nominally a rice harvesting implement, the kama became a dangerous weapon in the hands of the Okinawan martial artists. The kama consists of a hardwood handle with a short edged blade set perpendicularly to the handle. The kama can be used in combat either singly or in sets. In short range combat, the kama is particularly deadly, as it could be used to chop, block, hook, or slash an opponent.
The katana is a long, curved single edged sword developed in feudal Japan. The blade of the kanata is three to four feet in length. The katana was usually wielded by members of the samurai class in Japan and was considered a symbol of both their status and honor. The katana's hilt is long enough for two hands and it is primarily made of wood and covered with decorative silk cords. The tsuba or guard of the katana is typically made of metal and decorated with beautiful detail work. The secrets of the master swordsmiths who manufactured the katanas were jealously guarded from competitors. The katana is legendary for its strength and sharpness.
Note: Normally, the katana is a developed as a 2-handed weapon. However, it may be developed instead as a 1-handed Edged weapon. If a katana is used one-handed, the wielder suffers a special penalty of -20 to his OB.
The butterfky knife is a Chinese weapon that originated in the Southern provinces of China. Butterfly knives are modeled after the chopping cleavers used by butchers. Usually the knives are used in pairs. The shape of the butterfly knife is distinctive, with a flat, heavy, wide, single-edged blade and a curved handle to protect the fingers of the wielder.
The circular knife is a distinctive Chinese weapon consisting of a two-to three-foot wooden rod with a long, single-edged, curved blade spanning from end to end. The circular knife is used with both hands and can be a disorienting weapon for the uninitiated foe to face. Typical attacks using this weapon involve sweeping and spinning strikes to take advantage of the very long blade surface.
Knife, Willow Leaf The willow leaf knife is a thin curved single-edged knife that is used with several Chinese martial arts. The typical length of the blade of this weapon is just over two feet long. This weapon very closely resembles the scimitar in both appearance and effectiveness.
The kris is an extremely long double-edged blade from Indonesia and Malaysia. The kris has a unique wavy blade shape that widens as the blade approaches the hilt. The more waves the blade of a kris possesses, the deadlier it is supposed to be in combat, as a wavy blade can cause a larger wound and slips more easily in between the ribs of a foe. Many stories surround the mystical properties of these blades; it is said that a kris is lethal even when stabbed in the shadow or footprint of a foe.
The sai is a weapon that was simultaneously developed in many countries in the Eastern Hemisphere, but it was first formalized in several fighting styles in Okinawa. The sai is a short metal weapon with a blunt rod fifteen to twenty inches in length, flanked by two broad tines projecting forward about five inches. The sai is usually paired with another. In combat the sai is primarily used defensively. The blunt rod serves to channel attacks down towards the tines, where the weapon can be trapped and snared. Typically the wielder of the sai carries an extra sai as a reserve.
Note: The wielder of the sai has a special +10 bonus to Disarm Foe-Armed skill maneuvers.
The Chinese sword is the most common sword design found in ancient China. The Chinese sword is a straight, double-edged sword with a blade two to three feet in length. Typically the hilt of the sword is wrapped with silk and a long tassel is attached to the end of the hilt. The hilt or guard of the sword is minimal and the sword presents a streamlined appearance.
The nine-ring sword is a wide blade used in some Chinese martial arts. The descriptive name of the sword comes from the series of nine small metal rings attached to the upper, non-edged side of the blade near the tip of the sword. These rings are useful in catching an opponent's blade, as well as creating a lot of noise to warn others that a fight is occurring.
Note: The wielder of the nine-ring sword has a special +5 bonus to Disarm Foe-A rmedskill maneuvers.
Sword, Spring The spring sword or urumi is an ancient Indian weapon. This weapon consists of about four steel bands each one to two inches wide and six feet long attached to a sword handle. Both edges of each steel band are very sharp. The spring sword is kept coiled up when not in use, and when it is released it is capable of producing extraordinary noise, dust, and sparks as it is whipped through the air. It can be used to create a defensive screen by rapid circular movements of the wielder. An adept can safely bring the spring sword to a stop by wrapping it around his waist.
The waskizashi was the most common sword used in feudal Japan. The waskizashi has a curved, single-edged blade that is roughly two feet long. A wider range of people in feudal Japan could use the waskizashi compared to the range of people that could use the kanata. This weapon was made using the same superior swordcrafting techniques of the Japanese swordsmiths used for the katana.
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This sub-section contains descriptions of all weapons that deliver their damage at a slightly extended range by using a chain to extend their reach. Skill with this type of weapon is developed in the Thrown Weapons skill category (though the weapon is not actually thrown).
The chigiriki is a feudal Japanese weapon that consists of a staff with an attached metal chain that is three to ten feet long ending in a metal weight. The chain can be used to ensnare a weapon or even disarm an opponent by wrapping the chain around their weapon and then jerking the weapon out of his hands. The metal weight can also deliver punishing blows to an opponent. In addition, the wielder can close with an entangled opponent and make strikes with the wooden ends of the staff.
Note: The wielder of the chigiriki has a special +10
bonus to Disarm Foe-Armed skill maneuvers.
The kusari-gama is a feudal Japanese weapon that, like the chigiriki, incorporats an iron chain. Instead of a using a wooden staff, the kusari-gama is a short sickle attached to a three to ten foot metal chain that ends in a metal weight. The chain is often used to ensnare an opponent in order for the wielder of the kusari-gama to safely close the range and use his razor-sharp sickle on the helpless foe. This type of weapon was favored by the ninja in feudal Japan and required much skill to use.
Note: The wielder of the kursari-gama has a special +15 bonus to Disarm Foe-Armed skill maneuvers.
The manriki-gusari is yet another chain-based weapon developed in feudal Japan. It is a metal chain approximately two feet in length with weights on either end. This chain weapon was invented to disarm an opponent without spilling blood. The chain can also be used to immobilize, hobble, or even choke an opponent. By holding the chain taut between the hands, the user can block sword strikes. Similar types of chain weapons were developed in other countries using the same principles of attack and defense.
Note: The wielder of the manriki-gusari has a special +5 bonus to Disarm Foe-Armed skill maneuvers.
This sub-section contains descriptions of all weapons that are all long and generally have a wooden shaft (e.g., a spear, etc.).
The tiger fork is a weapon that was originally used to kill tigers in China. The tiger fork resembles a large trident with wide curving outer tines. These tines prevented a tiger from charging up the fork, much like the tines on an European boar spear. Lighter versions of the tiger fork were also used in certain Chinese martial art styles.
The naginata is a weapon that developed in feudal Japan. The naginata has a thick, curved, single-edged blade nearly three feet in length attached to a slightly longer staff. The gm naginata became a very popular weapon in Japan due to its f • versatility, it could be used for both thrusting and slashing. The naginata can be used to make sweeping attacks at exposed portions of the foe. The short handle length allows the wielder to make many short chopping or thrusting strikes against his foe. Only the most determined, or foolhardy, warrior can penetrate the swirling defense of a skilled practitioner of the naginata.
The nine-dragon trident is a weapon developed for use in certain styles of Chinese martial arts. The nine-dragon trident is an immense weapon weighing near twenty pounds and extending nearly six feet in length. The immense weight of this weapon comes from the many blades and hooks mounted on its end. The nine-dragon trident can be used to strike or sweep an opponent. In addition, the trident can be used to disarm a foe with a corkscrewing motion after a blade strikes against one of its many protruding hooks at the end of the weapon.
Note: The wielder of the nine-dragon trident has a special +15 bonus to Disarm Foe-Armed skill maneuvers.
The yari is the principle spear used in feudal Japan. The yari is a little over six feet in length, and it is tipped with a straight, double-edged blade. This weapon is primarily designed to be a thrusting weapon rather than a thrown weapon.
This sub-section contains descriptions of all weapons that deliver their damage by striking their victims from a distance. All of these weapons require "ammunition" of some type (usually arrows) and the ammunition is fired through a mechanical process (e.g.., a bow propels the arrow, etc.).
The dai-kyu is a very large Japanese bow. Unlike Western bows, the dai-kyu is asymmetrical with the handle placed on the lower one-third of the bow so that the upper portion of the bow is much longer. The reason for this design is to allow this bow to be used while on horseback or while the archer is kneeling. The typical dai-kyu is approximately seven feet long. As a result, this bow produces more power than the typical longbow.
Note: The time required to string this bow is double that of a normal long bow. In addition, the percentage activity needed to fire this bow is increased by 10% (from 30-60% to 40-70%).
The han-kyu is a small, compact bow developed in d feudal Japan. The kan-kyu is designed to be concealed in / clothing and as small as possible. The ninja clans of feudal Japan developed this bow in order to conceal their weapons when in disguise.
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