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When thinking about ninjas, we think that you might think about the cool tools that they use, for example, “Shuriken” is one of the famous tools that ninjas use. On this page, we will explain about tools that ninjas had used.
Shuriken are used when ninjas were chased by the enemy. There are two types of shurikens; shrikens that are flat (which are called “Heikou-shuriken in Japanese”), and shurikens that are shaped like sticks.
Flat type shurikens does not have high killing power, but if you put on poison to the Shuriken, it may become a very powerful tool. The more convex the shuriken has, the more killing power goes down. Ninjas had about five to eight flat type shurikens that fit to their hands.
Stick type shurikens were often used five shrikens in once, and was thrown to people and things. One of the five shuriken had a lether loop on it, and was able to use like a knife. It has a special bag to put those in and was a useful and compact tool.
Makibishis were used when making the enemy stop chase the ninjas. You scatter these makibishis on the ground. These days, people were using shoes that are made out of straws (which we call “Waraji” in Japanese) , so items that were thorny were useful for attacking people. Before using steel maiibishis, people were using seeds of water chestnuts. Water chestnuts are grasses that live near lakes and ponds. These can be food in case something happens, so was a very useful tool for ninjas.
Ninja swords (Shinobi-gatana)