What we often see on the media about the samurai is a man armed to his teeth holding a sword. The Katana sword thereby is the soul of the Japanese samurai. Wherever the Katana sword is, Samurai is near, ready to wield the sword. But there were cases that the Japanese samurai didn’t wield their sword. Instead, there were a range of less known weapons of samurai back then.
The Japanese samurai experienced numerous training and testing when they reached the age. They had to learn how to always be alert of everything surrounding. The Samurai firmly believed that men like them should always be ready to defend themselves for danger might pop up all of a sudden. They were ready to fight 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
Maybe because of this, the Japanese samurai made use of their daily items as their weapons. Because they could not forever carry a sword with them. Here are some less known weapons of samurai.
A Kabutowari is a type of knife-shaped weapon. The samurai carried their Kabutowari as a side-arm. The historians and scholars agree that the samurai used Kabutowari to deprive the enemies of their helmet or to thrust into the armourless body part.
Kanabo is a weapon that somewhat resembles a long baseball bat. They were made of the heavy wood or iron with the iron spikes at the end. In fact, a kanabo came in all size. But the biggest one that we have ever found is as tall as a man. The primary use of kanabo is to smash the armor of the enemies and to break their bones.
Kanzashi is a type of Japanese hairpin. A beautiful hairpin lights up the face of a woman. And a beautiful hairpin too could kill a man. Women from the families of Samurai learnt how to defend themselves with their Kanzashi. They just simply placed their favorite hairpin. In case of emergency, they would draw it out and thrust into the throat of the enemies.
Kiseru is the name for the Japanese smoking pipe. Because it is a rod with a metal head, the samurai made use of it as a weapon. A long kiseru can be a deadly weapon that the samurai used to thrust or hit the enemies in case of emergency.
Kogai is one of the less known weapons of samurai. It it a skewer with a blunted point. Some people believed that a samurai would thrust the kogai into the ear of the enemies after they beheaded them. By this way could people recognize who won the battle.
A shakuhachi refers to a Japanese bamboo flute. The music that a shakuhachi produces is a type of meditation. A long shakuhachi can be a powerful truncheon.
Back in the Japanese feudal time, the samurai carried Yatate with them. Japanese Yatate refers to the smoking-pipe-shaped writing set with a ink container and a carrier for the brush. The samurai carried Yatate into battles to write letters.
Kusari-fundo is a Japanese hand weapon. It is a short chain with a weight at one or both end. Many people believed that this type of weapon is used to fight in the battle with sword. Kusari-fundo is easy to construct and easy to conceal as well.